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Paper about waders in Gyzylagach Gulf published

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

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Short trips (1 – 5 days)

You are in Baku and have a free weekend? You are on business travel in Azerbaijan and want to enjoy the country’s natural heritage? You are interested in birds and other wildlife? – We can bring you to every location from dry steppes, to pristine forests and high mountains to find the best species. For… Continue reading Short trips (1 – 5 days)

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First record of White-rumped Sandpiper for Azerbaijan

Text & Photo © Christoph Himmel On 17 August 2017 I discovered an odd looking sandpiper during a wader study in Gyzylagach. I photographed the bird, but it flushed while approaching to get a better view. Bad luck, but at least I had some record shots. The first feature which made this bird so interesting,… Continue reading First record of White-rumped Sandpiper for Azerbaijan

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Black-headed Penduline Tits?

Text & Photo © Christoph Himmel During my wader counts at Lake Machmudchala I discovered two interesting Penduline Tits, which somehow look like Black-headed Penduline Tits (Remiz macronyx) or at least like hybrids. Both had blackish heads with a various amount of grey feathers in the nape. Unfortunately, the plumage was heavily worn. One bird… Continue reading Black-headed Penduline Tits?

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First impressions of a wader study at the Caspian coast

Text & Photo © Christoph Himmel Greater Sandplover at Neftcala beach This blog post will introduce you to a research project about waders in the area of Gyzylagach (southeastern Azerbaijan). It gives you brief insights into the fieldwork and informs about nice sightings and numbers of waders. The aim of this project is to update… Continue reading First impressions of a wader study at the Caspian coast

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Crowdfunding for research on waders in Gyzylagach

Text © Christoph Himmel The western Caspian coast of Azerbaijan is an important stop-over site for migrating waders, with Gyzylagach State Reserve holding the highest numbers of them. Despite the importance of this area it is under-surveyed, as the last counts took part in 1990. According to recent publications, 53% of the wader species of… Continue reading Crowdfunding for research on waders in Gyzylagach

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First record of Long-billed Dowitcher for Azerbaijan

Two Long-billed Dowitchers were discovered on an exploratory winter field trip on 31 January 2017 near Narimanabad (Kizil Agach). This is the first known record of this species for Azerbaijan. The trip was guided by Jos van Oostveen from Kaukasus Plus Reizen. Congratulations! Long-billed Dowitcher © Jos van Oostveen Rear view © Jos van Oostveen… Continue reading First record of Long-billed Dowitcher for Azerbaijan