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Qeshm Island lies in the Persian Gulf in the Province of Hormozgan, just across the city of Bandar Abbas in Iran. It is an desert island with few trees and bushes around villages, dams and wadis. Despite being dry and barren, the landscape is stunning. To proctect this geological heritage, Qeshm was given the title Geopark by the UNESCO.
This was my second trip after a visit in February 2016. Our aim was to perform research on Lesser Whitethroat | Klappergrasmücke (Sylvia curruca ssp.) and taking part in an environmental education program carried out by the Qeshm Environmental Conservation Institute (QECI) and their partners. Both projects were generously support by the German Ornithological Society (DO-G) and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) respectively. It was a great success with many avian highlights and generally a great travel destination.
An annotated checklist of the birds on this trip can be found here: L. Khil & M. Suanjak: Qeshm, Iran Dec 2020. Trip report.