Birdwatching news and bird photography from Azerbaijan- by Kai Gauger and Michael Heiß

Samstag, 12. Mai 2012

Photographs of the last days

 Text & Photos © M. Heiß

Birdwatching in May is probably the most comfortable time with warm temperatures between 20-25°C, sunny weather and many birds and great song activity. Calandra Larks and Isabelline Weathears are singing in the steppes, whereas Nightingales, Cuckoos and Turtle Doves are singing in the bushes. Along the lagoon small breeding colonies of Black-winges Stilts can be found and Kentish Plovers and Lapwings have already chicks. The ongoing bird migration produced some further nice encounters.
The only rare species was a single Red-rumped Swallow among migrating Barn Swallows and Sand Martins. Just a few records exist for this species in Azerbaijan.

Rose-coloured Starling is the dominating migrant at the moment
Resting flock in the bushes
Daily several thousand individuals can be seen
The first Honey Buzzards arrived at Besh Barmag
A Hobby on the beach

Marsh Harrier with a fish
A pair of Mediterranean Gulls
Barred Warbler in the bushes
Great Reed Warbler
Ortolan Bunting
The song of Black-headed Buntings can be heard all over the area
Woodchat Shrike
Two Broad-billed Sandpipers in the lagoon
Trouble in a small breeding colonie of Black-winged Stilts
Black-tailed Godwit
Three out of four distant wolves which I found playing on the beach

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