Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we sadly have to announce the cancellation of the bird migration count at Besh Barmag in autumn 2020. Even if all shutdowns and travel restrictions will be rescinded and the infection risk lowered by the purposed start of the count in August, there are many other impacts which make… Continue reading Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count 2020 cancelled!
New research paper by Christoph Himmel about wader migration in southern Azerbaijan published in the journal 'Wader Study' of the International Wader Study Group IWSG.It reveals that southern Azerbaijan is a key site for wader migration along the western shore of the Caspian Sea with still a lot to explore! Abstract The Caspian Sea, as… Continue reading Paper about waders in Gyzylagach Gulf published
The Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) just published the latest issue of Sandgrouse. This issue is online free available as PDF file owed to the extraordinary pandemic situation. Great idea! In this issue you will find the article ‘The development of the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count in Azerbaijan and its importance for… Continue reading New paper about the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count published in Sandgrouse
The second issue of the travel magazine 'Experience Azerbaijan' was now published including a must-read article about the pleasure to go birdwatching in the Talysh Mountains (pages 48–57) besides many other interesting stories and travel destinations in Azerbaijan: https://azerbaijan.travel/publications-azerbaijan
The awesome story of finding the Siberian Crane 'Omid' in Shirvan National Park is now online available on the Dutch Birding website: https://www.dutchbirding.nl/wpbirding/1593/omid_-_last_of_a_legacy?fbclid=IwAR0A_X9z5HxGXEtyNW5zRuTFRdPrzY7v-JB450fr4LrWoAmDOhDgzU-bAgw
Photos © Abdin Abbasov The famous Siberian Crane named 'Omid' was found on 1 March 2020 in Shirvan National Park! This bird is the last individual of the western population of this species. Omid was wintering in northern Iran and is now on his way back to the former breeding grounds in Siberia. Congratulations to… Continue reading Siberian Crane in Shirvan National Park!
As a counter you will: monitor the daily bird migration through a narrow coastal plain in Azerbaijanwork closely with a mixed team of Azerbaijani and international birdwatcherslearn and teach others in bird counting and bird identificationenjoy a frontier bird project in a little-known part of the world The sacred Mountain Besh Barmag is situated 90km… Continue reading Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count 2020
Photos © Huseyn Resulzade On 6 February 2020 Huseyn Resulzade photographed this stunning Black-winged Kite in Nakhchivan, which constitutes the first record for Azerbaijan. Congratulations! This remarkable observation also made its way into local media: https://nuhcixan.az/news/cemiyyet/25813-naxcivanda-yeni-qus-novu-askar-edilib?fbclid=IwAR3CNHOsYHN1Gc2m6vwEvG_KadXvi0EBHGhjkn54LAI1SgMRh7xB7h1tksc#.XkOwn4oNB3g.facebook https://media.az/society/1067764797/v-azerbaydzhane-obnaruzhen-novyy-vid-ptic-foto/?fbclid=IwAR2sA9OoU2NAMQ5oRSiJBYiHXXKBrkIkDn1xwwIMlLxtR1EHCkylixo3fiI
Text & Photos © Abdin Abasov On 26 January 2020 I was birding in Lokbatan and surrounding areas close to Baku. Here, I observed a weird-looking but colourful bird, which reminded me on something like a redstart or a wheatear. At first glance, I had no idea about the species and immediately took several photos.… Continue reading Mystery bird from Lokbatan
Second modern record of Pacific Golden Plover for Azerbaijan! The bird was found on 15 January 2020 at Ağgöl National Park by Tobias Epple and birdingtours. Congratulations! Pacific between European Golden Plovers © Tobias Epple The dark underwing of the Pacific Golden Plover is well visible © Tobias Epple Photos of the first modern record… Continue reading Pacific Golden Plover at Aggöl National Park