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Bird trip to Azerbaijan (May 2015)

I travelled to Azerbaijan (capital: Baku) from 3-12 May 2015, together with 3 British birders. The main aim of this trip was to explore the Caucasus Mountains in search of several bird species with a distribution range in the WP mainly restricted to the Caucasus area (both Lesser & Greater Caucasus), as well as to photograph eastern (Asian) forms of some species with a widespread distribution in the WP. Our journey included several days spent in north-east Azerbaijan exploring the Greater Caucasus around Laza and Xinaliq (Mt Gizilgaya). We then moved from northern to south-east Azerbaijan to explore the Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus) in the Lerik District. During the north to south transfer, we also visited en route a few important bird areas along the Caspian Sea including Shirvan NP, Gobustan NP and the Masali area. This gallery has 104 images depicting 30 bird species.
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Literary Monument of Sabir (19th century Satirist & Poet)_Old Town, Baku
Literary Monument of Sabir (19th century Satirist & Poet)_Old Town, Baku
Inner Medieval Wall (12th century)_Old Town, Baku
Inner Medieval Wall (12th century)_Old Town, Baku
Inner Medieval Wall (12th century)_Old Town, Baku
Inner Medieval Wall (12th century)_Old Town, Baku
Traditional Azerbaijani artwork (carpet weaving)_Old Town, Baku
Traditional Azerbaijani artwork (carpet weaving)_Old Town, Baku
Xinaliq (Highest village in Azerbaijan at 2350m)_Mount Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Xinaliq (Highest village in Azerbaijan at 2350m)_Mount Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Xinaliq_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Xinaliq_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Xinaliq_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Xinaliq_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Xinaliq_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Xinaliq_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Early morning stop near Xinaliq_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Early morning stop near Xinaliq_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Sunrise on Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Sunrise on Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Sunrise on Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Sunrise on Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Greater Caucasus view at 3200m
Greater Caucasus view at 3200m
Greater Caucasus
Greater Caucasus
Greater Caucasus
Greater Caucasus
Greater Caucasus
Greater Caucasus
Greater Caucasus
Greater Caucasus
Caucasian Snowcocks (pair)(Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcocks (pair)(Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcocks (pair)(Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcocks (pair)(Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)(immature)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)(immature)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Shikra (Accipiter badius)_Masali (Masali Region)
Shikra (Accipiter badius)_Masali (Masali Region)
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)(subad.)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(2nd summer plum.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(2nd summer plum.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(2nd summer plum.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(2nd summer plum.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(2nd summer plum.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(2nd summer plum.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(2nd summer plum.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(2nd summer plum.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)(ad.)_Bay of Baku (Absheron Peninsula)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
White-winged Tern (Chidonias leucopterus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus)(male)_Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus)(male)_Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculata)_Zuvand upland steppes (Lesser Caucasus)
Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculata)_Zuvand upland steppes (Lesser Caucasus)
Horned Lark (Eremophila a. penicillata)_Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Horned Lark (Eremophila a. penicillata)_Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Horned Lark (Eremophila a. penicillata)_Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Horned Lark (Eremophila a. penicillata)_Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens)_Besh Barmag (Siazan Region)
Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens)_Besh Barmag (Siazan Region)
Water Pipit (Anthus s. coutellii)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Water Pipit (Anthus s. coutellii)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Ehrenberg's Redstart (Phoenicurus p. samamisicus)(male)_Qusar (Greater Caucasus)
Ehrenberg's Redstart (Phoenicurus p. samamisicus)(male)_Qusar (Greater Caucasus)
Eastern Black Redstart (Phoenicurus o. ochruros)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Eastern Black Redstart (Phoenicurus o. ochruros)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Güldenstädt's Redstart (Phoenicurus erythrogastrus)(male)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)(female)_Gobustan NP (Siazan Region)
Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)(female)_Gobustan NP (Siazan Region)
Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)(male)_Gobustan NP (Siazan Region)
Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)(male)_Gobustan NP (Siazan Region)
Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)(male)_Gobustan NP (Siazan Region)
Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)(male)_Gobustan NP (Siazan Region)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(male)_Talish Mountains above Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(male)_Talish Mountains above Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(male)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(male)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(male)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(male)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(male)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(male)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(female)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis)(female)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrushes (Monticola saxatilis)(pair)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrushes (Monticola saxatilis)(pair)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrushes (Monticola saxatilis)(pair)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Thrushes (Monticola saxatilis)(pair)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)_Cek (Greater Caucasus)
Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)_Cek (Greater Caucasus)
Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)_Cek (Greater Caucasus)
Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)_Cek (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus lorenzii)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Caucasian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus lorenzii)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)(male)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)(male)_Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)(male)_Mistan (Lesser Caucasus)
Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)_Shirvan NP (Salyan Region)
Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis)_Mt Gizilgaya (Greater Caucasus)
Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)_Laza (Greater Caucasus)
Asian Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys s. sanguineus)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Asian Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys s. sanguineus)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)(male)_Lerik (Lesser Caucasus)
Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)(male)_Lerik (Lesser Caucasus)
Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)(male)_Lerik (Lesser Caucasus)
Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)(male)_Lerik (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia)_Talish Mountains (Lesser Caucasus)
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