Anzali lagoon; unique bird watching site

Anzali lagoon which is known as Talab-e Anzali is situated in the Caspian Sea, in the northern Iranian province of Gilan. It is considered as one of the most amazing and largest natural habitats in Iran.

Iran (IMNA) – Anzali lagoon has an area of about 20,000 hectares and is home to both the Selke Wildlife Refuge and the Siahkesheem Marsh.  Although the lagoon suffers from pollution, it is known as a good place for bird watching. The lagoon’s depth fluctuate in different seasons; the water depth of the lagoon is 2.5 meters in spring.

It hosts many different kinds of birds like swans, ducks, herons, gray pelicans, coots, and white fronted goose that migrate every winter to this area from the neighboring countries. There are also different types of fish such as Caspian White fish, vimba, goby, loach, and tench living in this area due to its desirable conditions.

Water lilies add to the beauty of the lagoon; pink water lilies and their big green leaves floating on the water surface. Green frogs always sit on the leaves and relax.

The leaves spreading on the water, have made a magnificent view for visitors to enjoy. You can ride a boat on this lagoon to see its beauties; a full trip on boat takes about one and half hour.

The geographic location and its humidity turned this lagoon into a unique and scenic site. The best time to visit this area is in spring and summer. It is one of the international lagoons in Iran and the first lagoon which was listed in Ramsar Convention in 1971.

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