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!
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
Date: 31 January – 11 February 2021 Target species: Little Bustard, Dalmatian Pelican, Caucasian Snowcock, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Red-fronted Serin, Caucasian Twite, Black Francolin, White-tailed Lapwing, Caspian Tit, White-winged Lark, Little Bustard, Siberian Buff-bellied Pipit, Finsch’s Wheatear, Black-throated Thrush and the Great Spotted Woodpecker (ssp. poelzami). Locations: Greater Caucasus, Absheron National Park, Gobustan, Shirvan National Park,… Continue reading Caucasian Winter Tour: February 2021 (11 days)
Date: 18 - 28 November 2020 Target species: Caucasian Snowcock, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Red-fronted Serin, Caucasian Twite, Black Francolin, White-tailed Lapwing, Desert Wheatear, Caspian Tit, White-winged Lark, Little Bustard, Siberian Buff-bellied Pipit, Finsch’s Wheatear, Black-throated Thrush and the Great Spotted Woodpecker (ssp. poelzami). Locations: Besh Barmag bottleneck, Greater Caucasus, Shirvan National Park, Qizilagach National Park, Talysh… Continue reading Bird Migration Tour: November 2020 (10 days)
Text © Michael Heiß No Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count was organised for autumn 2019 (see here: https://birdingazerbaijan.org/2019/03/15/besh-barmag-bottleneck-activities-for-2019/) leaving room for exploring the country by some members of the organisation team in late autumn. Our aims were as follows:(1) Checking the situation at Besh Barmag, where the construction of a new highway right next to… Continue reading Birdelicious round trip in November 2019
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)
Text © K. Gauger & M. Heiß After the awful dump at Besh Barmag we drove via Quba into the Greater Caucasus in order to see a much nicer landscape. Our plan was to reach Xinaliq regardless the possible snow cover or expected cold temperatures high up in the mountains. Nobody of us has… Continue reading Winter trip 2015. Greater Caucasus.
Text © K. Gauger & M. Heiß After a night in Qəbələ we continued the way back to the coast. Unfortunately, the weather along the mountains was all but good with low clouds, rain and no visibility at all. So we couldn't enjoy the beautiful landscape. Thus birds were rare and there is nothing to… Continue reading Winter trip 2015. Besh Barmag: Gulls, gulls, gulls…