A view of the coastline, from the mountains at Corbustan, approx 50 km S from Baku.
A typical coastal landscape, with the oil legacy clearly evident.
Coastal bushes c 100 km North of Baku where I spent most of the trip, looking for migrants.
A rather wonderful sediment-laden river, Caucasus
Lammergeier and Wallcreeper territory in the Caucasus
Red-breasted Fly - an extremely common migrant
Red-backed Shrike; another common migrant
The Caucasus race of Water Pipit (coutellii) - a really sandy buffy taxon that took me by surprise
The same bird
The same bird - the tail pattern gives it away as a juv
A rather stunning Yellow Wagtail. As always, autumn birds provided headaches; I need to do some desk research when time permits, to see if this can be identified.
Blue Cheeked Bee-eater.
Black Redstart. More work needs doing on these; textbooks suggest ochoros should occur in Caucasus but this looks more like (but perhaps not a perfect) a semirufous to my eye.
The stonechats were some of the more interesting and troublesome birds. I will add a post dedicated to these later, but this bird most resembled variagatus due to the extensive white in the bases of the outer feathers which was clearly visible in flight or when it tail-flicked.