Text & Photos © M. Heiß
I am now back for the spring migration counts in Azerbaijan and I am now accompanied by Friedrich, a student from Germany who is doing research on resting passerines in bushes at the study site. These bushes are a welcome stopover for migrants and sometimes impressively crowed.
After some springlike warm and sunny days in the beginning of March, we are currently suffering a recurrence of winter with almost daily snowfalls and temperatures below zero degrees. Bird migration is often inhibited due bad weather conditions. However, some days produced good migration of Marsh Harriers, Dalmatian Pelicans and Cormorants. Passerine migration is on a low level with Skylarks and Starlings being the most numerous species.
Friedrich is birding in the lagoon. The foothills of the Greater Caucasus are covered with snow.
An interesting view of the Caspian Sea. The whole coastline was covered with a belt of floating ice sheets.
A White-tailed Eagle flies along the frozen coast.
Birdwatching in Azerbaijan is often quite thrilling. In that case the pelicans were under surveillance of a few sheepdogs.
We also observed more than 60 White-tailed Eagle around the waste dump.