Laguna Kani Barazan
The Kāni Barāzān lagoon is located near Mahābād (western Azerbāijān region). The water of this marsh is procured by the Mahābād river that flows from the dam of the same name and after having filled the swamp, it continues its journey towards Lake Orumieh.
The Kāni Barāzān lagoon (Kurdish word meaning wild boar springs), with an area of over 907 hectares and a depth of about 40 cm, has become famous as the first birdwatching site in Iran that hosts over 75 species of water birds and not, among which the endangered species of the ruddy hump and the protected species such as the marbled duck, the pelican, the swan, the flamingo, the ardeidae, the duck eagle and also other birds like various types of geese, of ducks, of casarche etc.
The best time for birdwatching in this lagoon goes from the beginning of the month of dey to the middle of the month of bahman when the flight of birds migrating from some places in the northern areas to this area begins; however in the other seasons the area has a luxuriant nature and enjoys a particular freshness.