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This tour will take you to the most charming and unimaginably picturesque places of unexplored and exotic Iran, providing diversity of unique habitats and breathtaking bird species, combined with other wildlife attractions. We will explore the fabulous Hormozgan Province, one of the richest geographic and wildlife treasures of Iran, lying on the southern slopes of the gorgeous Zagros Mountain Range and the coasts of the Persian and Oman Gulfs, including famous Hormuz Island, visited by Marco Polo in 1272 and 1293. 10 days of this exclusive and remarkable trip will provide you with one of the most rewarding and memorable birding experience.

Majority part of this tour profit will be used to promote birdwatching tourism in Iran and particularly near and at the protected areas. In longer run, the team aims to support and sustain species monitoring and conservation activities’, including bird ringing scheme.

Enigmatic Persia
21 – 30 November, 2019

Target species: Black Francolin, Grey Francolin, See-See Partridge, Chukar, Crowned Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Western Reef Heron, Indian Pond Heron, Striated Heron, Goliath Heron, Dalmatian Pelican, Greater Flamingo, Temmink’s Stint, Great Knot, Red-wattled Lapwing, Crab Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Great Stone-Curlew, Curlew Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Greater Sandpipers, Oriental White-Eye, Pallas’s Gull, Steppe Gull, Heugelin’s Gull, Sooty Gull, White-eyed Gull, Striolated Bunting, Scrub Warbler, Plain Leaf Warbler, Desert Warbler, Hume’s Warbler, Variable Wheatear, Hume’s Wheatear, Hooded Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Desert Lark, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Sand Lark, Blue Rock-Thrush, Red-billed Chough, Sind Woodpecker, Spotted Owlet, Green Bee-Eater, Indian Roller, Southern Grey Shrike, Bay-backed Shrike, House Crow, Indian Silverbill, White-eared Bulbol, Graceful Prinia, Long-billed Pipit, Afghan Babbler, Brown-necked Raven, Purple Sunbird, Black Redstart, Pallid Swift, Rock Martin, Steppe Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Black-winged Kite, Crested Honey Buzzard, White-eyed Buzzard, Shikra.

The Hormozgan Province, southern of Iran placed along the Hormuz Strait on a strip of tropical vegetation of the northern hemisphere, with low rainfall and high annual evaporation. With vast tidal beaches and fantastic mangrove forests, this majestic spot hosts great number of interesting migrant waders during the autumn and winter, including Great Knot, Terek Sandpiper, Lesser and Greater Sandpipers that can be well seen in the first day of our trip in shores of the Bandar Abbas (the largest city of Hormozgan).

On the foothills of Geno Mountain (Part of the Geno Protected Reserve and UNESCO protected biosphere reserve), which is northern part of the Bandar Abbas, we will explore surrounding valleys offering often great views of well approachable Striolated Bunting, Plain Leaf Warbler, Eastern Rock Nuthatch, See-See Partridge, Chukar, Desert Lark, Scrub Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blue Rock-Thrush and Red-Billed Chough.

A slaughter field near the Bandar Abbas offers a nice opportunity for observing several raptor species, such as Steppe Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture and Black Kite.

From Bandar Abbas to the south-east of the province we will explore surrounding gardens, beautiful deserts and mountains slopes for another set of interesting targets, including Sind Woodpecker, Crested Honey Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black-Winged Kite, Shikra,  Spotted Owlet, Green Bee-Eater, Indian Roller, Southern Grey Shrike, Desert Warbler, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Sand Lark, House Crow, Indian Silverbill, White-Eared Bulbol, Graceful Prinia, Variable Wheatear, Hume’s Wheatear, Hooded Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Long-billed PipitAfghan Babbler, Red-Breasted Flycatcher, Brown-Necked Raven, Purple Sunbird, Black Redstart, Grey Francolin, Black Francolin, Pallid Swift, Rock Martin and many other specialties. Another great attraction of this spot are the sandgrouses, and we will scan around for target Crowned Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse and Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse.

Later we’ll visit three mangrove forests, offering another set of lens-popping species of the trip. In the Tiab Mangrove forest we’ll try to spot two major specialties, which we shouldn’t miss: Crab Plover and Great Stone-Curlew in line with Broad-Billed Sandpiper, Dalmatian Pelican, Greater Flamingo, Western Reef Heron, Indian Pond Heron, Striated Heron, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Temmink’s Stint, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper and Red-Wattled Lapwing.

South of the small Sirik town one should be the next remarkable place, the Azini Mangrove forest offering nice views of Oriental White-Eye, Pallas’s Gull, Steppe Gull, Heugelin’s Gull, Lesser Crested Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Sandwich Tern, Caspian Tern, Gull-Billed Tern, Saunders’s Tern, Greater Cormorant, Curlew, Whimbrel, Black-Tailed Godwit and Bar-Tailed Godwit, while the last Khalasi Mangrove forest, next to the Jask town should bonus us with Goliath Heron and Sooty Gull.

During this tour we might also be able to twitch a few interesting rarities, like Marbled Duck, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Hume’s Warbler, White-Eyed Buzzard, White-Breasted Waterhen, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, White-Eyed Gull, Pacific Golden Plover and Bay-Backed Shrike, which have been well seen on same period of last year and year before.

This pack includes following services:

  • Visa Arrangement Service (Invitation, and communications with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran). 
  • Transportation from and to the airport
  • Full-board accommodation
  • Full day guiding and transportation
  • Domestic flights (Tehran – Bandar Abbas – Tehran)
  • Maps and other printed handout materials
  • Entry tickets and permits

This pack doesn’t include:

  • International flight cost
  • Visa label (Should be given by the Iran Embassy or at the International Airports in Iran upon arrival).
  • Personal expenditures
  • Travel insurance

Group Size: 7 – 10 Persons

For additional information and booking: info@birdingcaucasus.com

Pictures by:

  • Sooty Gull, Landscape by Ehsan Talebi
  • Oriental White-Eye, Purple Sunbird, Grey Hypocolius by Dorna Mojab

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2018-08-24T14:47:01+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Birding Holidays|