Who is the best Birds Expert?

2018-03-12| Askar Isabekov

Dear friends, I am pleasure to report about the competition of Best Birds Expert.

Background. Most of birdwatchers in countries of former Soviet Union don't know the features of birds, and identify them mostly by asking help of other birders. But "expert" birders who can identify birds usually do it not using features but using own experience. I called this mode as “guessing”, it's not identification. In difficult cases the mode of voting is only one to “identify” the bird.

Aims. The basic aim is learning of beginners for quickly, rightly and truly mode of identification of birds. The second aim to pay attention to the folders of unidentified birds.

Competition. Any birdwatcher can participate in competition. You need just comment the photos of unidentified birds. The comments under wrongly identified birds containing the usefull information also will be taken into account. The one-word or not explained comments are not considered. There will be two competition categories: 1. Professional, 2. Amateur. Please, specify your category when you participate.

Sites. The comments published in following sites “Birds of Kazakhstan”, “Birds of Siberia”, "Birds of European Russia", "Birds of Russian Far East", "Birds of Ukraine" are taken into account.

Competition jury: Anna Yasko, Oleg Belyalov, Igor Fefelov, Sergei Shursha, Askar Isabekov.

Due dates. From March 15, 2018 to March 15, 2019. Interim results will be report in 15th day of each month.

Rewards. «Collins Bird Guide», according to many birdwatchers, is the best of bird guide in the world, due to completeness, very comfortable interface and quality colour illustrations. Each of reward copy of «Collins Bird Guide» is signed by the author, Mr Lars Svensson. The best bird guide signing by author is the best reward to birds expert competition.

1. "Collins Bird Guide" signing by Mt Lars Svensson is the reward for the winners of the Birds Expert Competition.

2018-03-13. Александр Кочетков:

Хорошая идея насчёт привлечения к "завалам" неопределённых птиц!

2018-03-14. Аскар Исабеков:

Небольшое дополнение - исправления в текст я уже внес, но для пояснения и привлечения внимания к изменению пишу отдельный комментарий.

После объявления конкурса, я имел короткую переписку с Николаем Балацким, в которой Николай, вполне обоснованно, писал, что нет четкой границы между орнитологами-профессионалами и любителями. Я, в целом, согласен с этим мнением. Но, тем не менее, моя изначальная позиция, в общем-то была понятна - мне не хотелось, чтобы студенты пришли в первый класс, решили все задачки за 2 минуты, и, взяв, все призы разошлись. А первоклашки, для которых, в общем-то все организуется, тихо просидели все мероприятие, и в конце ушли ни с чем. Тем не менее, я все же чувствовал, что в моем решении есть какая-то дискриминация. Посоветовавшись по этому вопросу с Анной Ясько, я получил от нее самое, на мой взгляд, разумное предложение. Любители и профессионалы будут соревноваться в разных категориях. Будут два победителя - один лучший среди любителей, и один среди профессионалов.

Спасибо Анна, Николай, за помощь.

2018-03-15. Александр Кочетков:

Если категорию надо указывать под этой записью - я непрофессионал.

2018-03-15. Анна Ясько:

Александр, вполне можно указывать здесь. Учтено. Спасибо.

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rare birds records

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

Second photo record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded in Sorbulak lakes too at September 7th, 2014 (Fedorenko, Isabekov, Dyakin, 2014). Group of birdwatchers with Peter Kennely also watched this bird in Sholak lake near Kurgaldzhino village at May 15, 2005, but unfortunately no evidence of this record was provided.
Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии, вып. 3, Алматы, 2014: 211-212

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Steve Klasan

The second record for Tengiz-Korgalzhyn area. Before this record one bird was observed at December 12, 1969 in floodland of Nura river.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.

Amur (White) Wagtail (Motacilla (alba) leucopsis)

© Sveta Ashby

Fist record of Amur Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis) in Kazakhstan. Most of systematics treat this taxon as subspecies of White Wagtail (Mac Kinnon&Phillips, 2000; Степанян, 2003; Roberts, 2006; Brazil, 2014; Clements, 2016; HBW, 2016) but include it to special group of eastern races. Breeding range of this bird contains Far East Russia, Korea peninsula, SW Japan, central and eastern China. Winters in Southern Asia eastward to Northern India. Records of vagrant birds known in Vitim Reserve (Russia, Northern Trans-Baikal area) at April 29, 2014 (S.L.Volkov, and in Eastern Mongolia (Gombobaatar & Monks, 2011). From November 27 to December 2 of 2015 one male was observed in Finland (Kujala, Päijät-Häme), it's third record in Western Palearctic.

Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.

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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (304)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (284)
3. Gubin Boris (252)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (239)
5. Golubeva Anna (207)
6. Yasko Anna (198)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (177)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (166)
9. Malkov Yuriy (148)
10. Nukusbekov Malik (147)