birdwatching nearMingachevir lake and Kura river
Mingachevir, an industrial city on the Kura river, is probably not the first place you would think of when it comes to birdwatching. But there are a number of interesting areas close to the city, notably a collection of wetlands created by a dam on the Kura river and the massive Mingachevir Lake. Here you can see huge wintering numbers of Ruddy Shelducks, White-fronted Geese, gulls including Pallas, and sometimes huge flocks of Greater Flamingos. Meanwhile, in nearby fields there are also large flocks of Calandra Larks and sometimes Little Bustards. Imperial Eagles can also be seen in the area. And if you’re lucky you may even encounter a resting flock of rare Demoiselle Cranes on the Jeyranchol steppe in spring or early autumn.
Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo)
Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax)
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
When to visit?
It’s most interesting during spring and late autumn/winter.
Where to stay?
Mingachevir has several hotels with peaceful riverside settings: the Kur Hotel (+994242730313); Agsaray Deluxe Hotel & Spa (+994502001988); and River Side Hotel (+994242749373).