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.
Eastern Black Redstart
Adult and juvenile Snow Finch
Juvenile Snow Finch
Adult Snow Finch
Eastern Nightingale golzii
An interesting (grey-headed) female red-backed Shrike
An intersting male Red-backed Shrike - note the white in the base of the primaries
An adult female. Adult birds were very worn during the visit in June/July.
And and adult male - the silvery wing panel is very evident on this individual.
White Wagtail. The taxon that occurs in Azerbaijan has extensively white greater coverts
Rufous Bush Robin
A male samamisicus
- note the reduced wing panel on this individual, related to wear
Rock Thrush (male)
Rock Thrish (Juv)