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Ile Alatau National Park.

2006-10-29 | Askar Isabekov

Today I specially gone to mountains to photograph Nutcracker. Nutcrackers live in high mountains, only once I saw Nutcracker in the bottom of a fir forest. It's usual habitat much above. On road to fir groves I saw only Coal Tits, Treecreepers and Goldcrests. In high mountains there are no much birds, but some ones are present. Above in I snows saw only Mistle Thrushes, and below in the border of a fir forest - one Great Grey Shrike and one Cinereous Vulture. And certainly, expected Nutcracker. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2006-10-27 | Askar Isabekov

I saw Eurasian Sparrowhawk flying above the center of the city in the company of crow. [...... read more ]


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Almaty.

2006-10-26 | Askar Isabekov

I met several Chiffchaffs and pair of Goldcrests. Chiffchaffs may be still migrate, but Goldcrests sure went down from the mountains to the wintering. More frequently I saw Chaffinches also arrived to wintering. Two days I saw the flying Quails. There are many Crows in the city. Carrion Crows get down to the winter from the mountains. And Hooded Crows arrived to winter from the north. It is amazing, but Common Whitethroats did not fly away still. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2006-10-20 | Askar Isabekov

First Chaffinches of this autumn. Today I saw three birds - one male and two females. Surely there are more Chaffinches in the foothills. Even more interesting meeting – a small flock of Black-throated Thrushes. Usually Thrushes avoid the city, especially central parts, it is more possible to meet them in the suburbs. [...... read more ]


Karasay region, Almat oblast.

2006-10-10 | Askar Isabekov

Birds have flown almost all. At least there were nobody on the lake. Neither Ruddy Shellducks nor Lapwings. Roadside bushes aren't so populated as at summer. I saw only of Great Tits and Tree Sparrows. But these are our winter inhabitants. Generally there were no many birds, only Rooks and Jackdaws. I saw two raptors - one Common Buzzard and one Steppe Eagle. Popular some weeks ago Kites have migrated. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Timoshenko
2018-10-18
Kostanay reg., Naurzum rezerve

New species of Naurzum Reserve. In northern part of Kazakhstan Pygmy
Cormorant previously was recorded at October 6th, 1998 in Kulykol lake
(Pynnonen, 1999), about 180 km to west from the point of new record.
Also singles or group of 2-80 birds were regularly observed in
Kurgaldzhin Reserve since 2001.

Ерохов С.Н., Березовиков Н.Н. 2009. Материалы к орнитофауне озёрной
степи и лесостепи Кустанайской области. Часть 1 // Рус. орнитол. журн.
18 (516): 1715-1742.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный
Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2018-11-03
Almatinskaja obl.,g.Taldykorgan

Rare vagrant visitors in SE Kazakhstan.


Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2018-10-14
Northern Caspian, Kalamkas.

Rare vagrant bird. First record in western part of Kazakhstan. Before observed in Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino), and in S and SE Kazakhstan.


Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-10-07
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

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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (320)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (304)
3. Gubin Boris (273)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (250)
5. Yasko Anna (208)
6. Golubeva Anna (207)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (191)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (169)
9. Malkov Yuriy (158)
10. Zvyaginceva Viktoriya (157)

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unidentified birds


2018-12-15

Шевцов Дмитрий: Однозначно варакушка, и хвост ее виден и передник уже начал образовываться на груди.

2018-11-30

Сергей Л. Волков: Думал я, что у хохотуньи маховые в апреле не столь сильно обтрепанные. А оказывается, бывают такие. Но при этом бывают и совсем целые. Интересно,
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2018-11-24

Анна Ясько: Так вроде камышовая овсянка, самец.

2018-11-21

Николай Балацкий: Лесной конёк, а точнее - Гималайский конёк A.haringtoni.

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