|Great Black-headed Gulls © Kai Gauger|
|Not really a nice birding site © Michael Heiß|
|Where are we? © Michael Heiß|
The entire next day we were birding in Kizil Agach. In the lagoons and along the dam we saw many waders (1300 Avocets, 165 Godwits, sandpipers, stints, plover, Curlew), herons, Pygmy Cormorants, grebes, some ducks, typical songbirds (Chiffchaffs, Cettis, coutelli-Pipits,...) and a couple of Whiskered Terns. As always there was intensive hunting on the bay with hundreds of shots. The results can be bought on the main road. It's unbelievable but this massacre will go on until they shot the last remaining coot and duck. We also found nets for waders and wader lures. That they go for more but waterfowl was new for me.
|Birding along the dam to Nerimanabad © Michael Heiß|
|Whiskered Tern with probable Syrian Spadefoot © Michael Heiß|
|Birding hide with three steel Curlews © Michael Heiß|
During the day we also saw a Peregrine, 4 Short-eared Owls and a Great Bittern.
|Having fun with the cars © Michael Heiß|
|Dalmatian Pelican © Michael Heiß|
|Dalmatian Pelicans at the beach © Kai Gauger|
|Two hunting Short-eared Owls © Michael Heiß|
|About 20 hunters were selling ducks, coots and grebes |
along the roadside © Kai Gauger
We spent the night in the beautiful Təbəssüm resort on the way to Lerik where we got great food and some nice cottages. The next morning we did a walk in the forest and saw several new species for our list. Most interesting for those who were here for the first time were the many Talysh-subspecies, including poelzami-Woodpecker.
|Preparing Shashlik at Təbəssüm © Michael Heiß|
|Birding in Talysh forest © Michael Heiß|
|Flowering cyclamen © Michael Heiß|
|The Talysh Mountains © Michael Heiß|
Afterwards we started the long drive through the lowland. Near Celilabad we were attracted by many birds flying around over the fields. It was the dump of a small chicken farm and after a dirty drive through a village we found the place where we saw 200 White Storks, 4 Imperial Eagles, 5 Long-legged Buzzards and some gulls.The road along the Iranian border turned out to be in a very bad condition and so we didn't reach Ag-Gel in the evening. We piched our tents close to a village in the nowhere. Besides the nerve-racking barking of the local dogs we heard many Golden Jackals and several times a wolf.
|A few of 200 White Storks at the dump of a chicken farm © Kai Gauger|
|4 Imperial Eagles were around as well © Kai Gauger|
|It's always good to have rubber boots and 4WD in winter © Michael Heiß|