breeding birds, photography, socio-economic, travels

spring birding tour 20.-28.05.2018

Text by Kai Gauger, photos by Lars Delling, Moritz Schulze, Christian Baarlink, Martin Fichtler and Kai Gauger From May 20th to 28th Kai Gauger led a trip along the birding hotspots in eastern Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan. The guests were from Germany, Austria, Denmark and Great Britain and the ground logistics were (as always) perfectly arranged… Continue reading spring birding tour 20.-28.05.2018

breeding birds, travels

Birding tour in spring 2018

For spring 2018, Batumi Birding offers a birdwatching trip to Azerbaijan. The travel route will cover all main landscape types from the Greater to the Lesser Caucasus, from coastal wetlands to dry steppes in order to cover the large diversity of bird species including all Caucasian specialities. These beautiful Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters were photographed in Shirvan… Continue reading Birding tour in spring 2018

Besh Barmag, bird migration, science, travels

Besh Barmag Bird Migration Counts 4-18 November 2017

You have probably heard about Batumi Raptor Count in Georgia, but do you know Besh Barmag in Azerbaijan? Where Batumi is situated at the western end of the Caucasus, Besh Barmag is its counterpart at the eastern end. A bottleneck for migrating birds between the Caucasus mountains and the Caspian Sea that is just being… Continue reading Besh Barmag Bird Migration Counts 4-18 November 2017

bird news, Qizilagach, science, travels

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

Besh Barmag, breeding birds, socio-economic, travels

spring trip 2017 offered

In May 2017 Batumi Birding is offering a trip to Azerbaijan with the same programme like last year's Avifauna journey. High paced, focus on target species and visiting all major hotspots. Kai Gauger and Brecht Verhelst will be the guides. If you are interested in joining us please have a look at: http://www.batumibirding.com/azerbaijan-undiscovered/node/135 The profit… Continue reading spring trip 2017 offered

bird migration, breeding birds, travels

Trip summary 16-24 April 2016

Text © Tomas Axén Haraldsson Photos © Andreas Sandberg Four Swedish birders visited Azerbaijan 17-24 April 2016, focusing on the migration at Besh Barmag and two days in the Greater Caucasus. I helped them with planning, species and contacts. Their trip was overall successful but with some small troubles with rangers in Laza (not the… Continue reading Trip summary 16-24 April 2016

Besh Barmag, bird migration, socio-economic, travels

Autumn migration at Besh Barmag

 Text © Tomas Axén Haraldsson  Photos © Emil Lundahl  . A Swedish birding group monitored the spectacular migration at Besh Barmag for a few days during the week 25-30 October. The group was from the youth committee of Swedish BirdLife on an initiative and leadership by me. We also met up with a local NGO,… Continue reading Autumn migration at Besh Barmag