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Back in Korgalzhyn


2018-09-01| Steve Klasan

Hi together,
after three years I’m back at the Tengiz and Korgalzhyn Lakes.
It’s really great to be here again and visit all the nice lakes, riverbanks and endless steppes.
As in 2015 my main task is to do waterbird census in the area and provide reliable data on valuable species like White-headed Duck, Dalmatian Pelican and further species.
Along this job I also like to watch out for passerine migration, taking photos and just spending time in the steppes.

Passerine migration already started of course but is still a bit slow at the moment. Numerous flocks of Yellow Wagtails gather and are joined by some Citrine Wagtails and single Red-throated Pipits.
In gardens, plantations and bushes Spotted Flycatchers and Lesser Whitethroats seems so to be the most common passerine at the moment followed by Greenish Warblers. Goodies within the gardens so far were a Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) and up to three Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) but also Tree Pipits, Common Whitethroat and Siberian Chiffchaffs could be seen daily.

Short text, now some pictures…


1. Record shot of Wood Warbler I


2. Record shot of Wood Warbler II


3. Pied Flycatcher


4. Spotted Flycatcher


5. Adult Black-tailed Godwit


6. Juvenile Turkestan Shrike


7. Juvenile pallidus Merlin decided to have a Bee-Eater for lunch.

comments:
2018-09-03. Аскар Исабеков:

it's good to see the same birds you see three years ago. Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher seem are regular migrants in Central Kazakhstan, not so rare as we think.



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rare birds records


Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Steve Klasan
2018-09-09
Korgalzhyn

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
2018-05-21
Kanshengel

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, www.sibrids.ru) 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
2018-05-29
VKO Katon-Karagay

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


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Alexandr Katuncev
2018-05-06

New species for Sorbulak system.

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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (302)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (279)
3. Gubin Boris (252)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (236)
5. Golubeva Anna (207)
6. Yasko Anna (197)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (175)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (165)
9. Nukusbekov Malik (145)
10. Malkov Yuriy (142)

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unidentified birds


2018-09-25

Александр Беляев: Можно по такому фото определить вид сокола? Вроде не чеглок. Если вид не определяем, удалите серию.

2018-09-25

Аскар Исабеков: на последнем снимке - с орлом-карликом, видно и размер и бочкообразное туловище.

2018-09-25

Анна Ясько: Николай, конечно же я обрабатывала снимок, но увы не могу оценить длину средних рулевых. Просто не разгляжу. К тому же ракурс не удачный для
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