Sunday 30 September 2012
These images are all from a trip to Azerbaijan in June/July 2012. From a birding perspective, Azerbaijan is an incredibly interesting country, because of a mixture of some spectacular birds and a number of eastern taxa that occur (or potentially occur) in Britain as vagrants. Pictured above is a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater - one of the spectacular birds.
Wednesday 1 August 2012
A classic Caspian Gull pattern, similar/identical to many western ponticus
A different, jagged-edged tongue.
Scary short P10 tongue
A bird with a thayeri pattern on P9 and 10. That such birds exist in the east is notable.
A close up of a bird with only one or two speckles in the eye. In most field views this would look pale eyed.
Yellow-legged Gull, Mamaia, Romani (January) This primary pattern is very like some birds seen in Azerbaijan. Food for thought.