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

Freitag, 30. März 2018

Azerbaijan in eBird

Just recently a dataset of 30.000+ bird records from Azerbaijan has been uploaded to eBird and is now ready for getting explored! This online database provides an easy opportunity to prepare birding trips and find out what to expect. Nevertheless, there are still ornithological gaps of knowledge, so if you intend to visit Azerbaijan it would be fantastic if you could make your observations available, too!
Have a look at:

Donnerstag, 29. März 2018

Sonntag, 4. März 2018

Nocturnal bird migration data of Besh Barmag bottleneck

Text © Michael Heiß

Thanks to Gerard Troost and the data of a nocturnal bird migration study from Besh Barmag bottleneck is now online available:

Displayed are the number of calls per species for each night, where 'night' is defined as timespan from sunset to sunrise. The temporal calling activity can be obtained by the ‘mouseover’ function of the table.

On the basis of 1465 hours of sound recordings referring to 63 nights in autumn 2011 and 67 nights in spring 2012 (using a long-term recorder from WildlifeAcoustics) a total of 88’455 calls of 106 migrating species were detected.

The paper with the title ‘Nocturnal bird migration at Besh Barmag bottleneck in Azerbaijan as revealed by means of acoustic monitoring‘ is online available:

Mittwoch, 21. Februar 2018

Donnerstag, 8. Februar 2018

Champions of the Flyway 2018

Text © Pia Fetting
Photo © Michael Heiß

Whilst studying bird migration at Besh Barmag bottleneck in Azerbaijan last autumn, some of the counters had the idea to network with other bottlenecks and support other initiatives. Thus, they will travel to Eilat in Israel this March to participate at 'Champions of the Flyway'. This event at one of the most important bottleneck sites worldwide with an impressive concentration of migratory birds aims to collect donations to tackle the illegal killing of birds along their flyways. Meet and support the team, learn more about threats to migratory birds and please donate for their conservation!