JICA Expert Team went to monitor the Sorkhankol Wildlife Refuge in order to grasp the current situation of wintering birds on the 4th Dec 2015.

Friday is a permitted days for hunting. Therefore water surface of the Refuge is covered by huge number of water birds such as Common Coot, Mallard, Teal, Grey Heron etc. escaped from outside of the protected area.

Some symbol bird species of the Anzali Wetland were found. One of the most famous and beautiful bird in the Anzali Wetland, more than 20 Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) were resting in the central of the refuge. Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is also one of the famous bird species in the wetland. Some Dalmatian Pelicans have come as a regular wintering bird. In addition, more than 30 Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) were found in the refuge. The Flamingo is an irregular visitor to the Anzali Wetland.

Wintering bird including Mute Swan and Dalmatian Pelican will increase more from now to mid-winter in the wetland.

DOE and JICA Expert Team are now conducting the year-round scientific bird survey as one of the Joint Pilot Activities of the Project. The result of the survey will be basic and important information for the Anzali Wetland conservation.

Flock of Greater Flamingo in front of Sorkhankol Guard Station


Flying Dalmatian Pelican


Group of Mute Swan