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Ile-Alatau National Park. Ozerny chine.

2007-01-28 | Askar Isabekov

There are not a lot of birds on the mountains. May be I have gone to mountains some late but more probably birds have moved to high mountains because the weather has been warm. Today saw Red-mantled Rosefinches, two Dippers (one White-bellied and one Brown), Great, Coal and AzureTits, Goldcrests, Eversmann's and Guldenstadt's Redstarts. So I saw all common birds but at a little number. A lot of Mynahs have appeared. This birds behave aggressive to other little birds. On home coming saw birds near Raptor Birds Sanctuary. People has photographed Golden Eagle (largest from our eagles) and Eurasian Eagle-Owl (largest from our owls). Birds from Nursery are pacific and trim. [...... read more ]


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Ile-Alatau National Park. Ozerny chine.

2007-01-18 | Askar Isabekov

Today my intention is Redstarts. Eversmann's and Guldenstadt's Redstarts are a little scary birds therefore I previously marked places when I planned to wait birds. On two places I have wait about one and a half hour in total. Redstarts have flew off and came back. I have seen two Eversmann's Redstarts (one some lighter other some brighter) and four Guldenstadt's Redstarts (three males and one female). Guldenstadt's Redstarts males have played a game like a barley-break. On the side I have seen other birds also. White-bellied Dipper, Azure Tits, Goldcrests, Wrens, Red-mantled Rosefinches. [...... read more ]


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Ile-Alatau National Park. Little Almaty gorge.

2007-01-17 | Askar Isabekov

Today I again have gone to see Cinereous Vultures. Unfortunately haven't seen. The air was very dirty today. The smog covered not only city but mountain also. From the top of the crest I haven't seen anything. I think Vultures also don't see anything. It was meaningless to fly in the smog. Today I have seen Red-fronted Serins only. [...... read more ]


Ile-Alatau National Park. Ozerny chine.

2007-01-16 | Askar Isabekov

Today specially went to mountains to make photos of male Red-mantled Rosefinch and Guldenstadt's Redstart. I could make photos of male Rosefinch but not Redstart. Saw all that saw later in this places exclude Solitary Snipe. Saw White-bellied Dipper. [...... read more ]


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Ile-Alatau National Park. Little Almaty gorge.

2007-01-14 | Askar Isabekov

In this gorge I saw Black Vultures regularly. Sometimes it was one bird but pair of Vultures was common. Vultures always fly in height and I it was impossible to make up photos. Today I specially have gone to the crest to watch Vultures. There is no path on this descent and I have clambered across briar bushes and thick branches of wild apricots and wild apples. Therefore I have climbed more than two hours. All this time I have never seen Vultures. Also during one and a half hour I have waited Vultures on the top of the crest. There are Coal Tits and Goldcrests in the pine grove on the crest. About 2 pm I have thought that Vultures will not fly today and have begun to come down. After ten minutes I have turned around and have seen two Vultures. They have ringed over two pines when I waited them one and a half hours. Ill success. Ringing Vultures have disappeared over the crest. But after a half an hour one Vulture have came back and have alighted to the rock. But I was a lot under bird [...... read more ]


Ile-Alatau National Park. Kazachka river.

2007-01-13 | Askar Isabekov

Saw several Azure Tits, three White-bellied Dippers and flock of Red-fronted Serins. There are many Blackbirds and Carrion Crows, several Black-throated Thrushes. [...... read more ]


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Ile Alatau National Park. Ozerny chine.

2007-01-09 | Askar Isabekov

At last I could move to mountains. It would be desirable to look again birds in sea-buckthorn thickets. The place in mountains is really beauty, the small branch of the river, slowly course, bushes of sea-buckthorn around. A lot of birds, even Carrion Crows feed sea-buckthorn berries. The Tits (Coal Tits in main, Azure Tits, a bit of Great Tits) feed sea-buckthorn also. As fairly often Goldcrests feed in company of Tits. Wrens scurry along the river. From time to time Blue Whistling Thrushes come in sight (once my wife have seen the pair of Thrushes). Wrens are almost no timid. If to sit easy and silently Wren may to approach very close. Rosefinches. Actually I have gone to this place to see Rosefinches and some other birds I saw later. Apparently Rosefinches are Red-mantled. There are young birds and females in main. They are brownish with dark blotches. I have seen pink males twice only and have no possibility to photograph them. Rosefinches have fed sea-buckthorn berries only and regular [...... read more ]


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Ile Alatau National Park. Ozerny chine.

2007-01-05 | Askar Isabekov

Short walking to the mountains. Saw a flock (10 birds) of Long-tailed Tits. There are many Blackbirds and Black-throated Thrushes in the hawthorn thickets. Met several White-winged Grosbeaks. In the sea buckthorn thickets saw one Goldcrest, one Blue Whistling Thrush, one unknown Snipe and the flock of unknown Rosefinches. [...... read more ]


Karasay region. Almaty oblast.

2007-01-03 | Askar Isabekov

Saw several Estern Buzzards and two Common Kestrels. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Anna Yasko
2019-02-18
Aktau, Mangystau region

Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsuls. In the middle of the last century Red-breasted Goose was common migrant in coast of Mangyshlak (Gubin, 2015), due wintering place was in Southern Caspian Sea. Then wintering places moved to Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, in that regard the migration path changed.

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015.

Полевой определитель гусеобразных птиц России / ред.-сост. Е. Е. Сыроечковский. - Москва: Рабочая группа по гусеобразным Северной Евразии: Всероссийский научно-исследовательский ин-т охраны природы, 2011


Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Askar Isabekov
2019-02-15
Koksarai kotregulator. Southern Kazakhstan

Rare vagrant, far from the basic migration path.


Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

© Natali Kim
2019-01-19
Eastern Kazakhstan

The nothernmost winter record of Little Grebe in Kazakhstan. Usual Little Grebe winterings are in southern and south-eastern Kazakhstan, but recent years wintering range enlarged to North-East up to Alacol depression (Berezovikov, 2005, 2012).


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Kanat Kenzhegulov
2018-12-30
Aktau, Karakol

First winter record for Kazakhstan, second one for Central Asia. First single bird was recorded January 16, 2009 at Issyk-Kul lake.

Kulagin S, Sagymbayev S, Flechtner S, 2008. First winter record of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in Cenral Asia // Selevinia: 259.

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unidentified birds


2019-04-21

Анна Ясько: Мне кажется вид лунихи точно определить будет сложновато. Даже по фото, на которых объект в фокусе и в более удобном для определения ракурсе,
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2019-04-20

Николай Балацкий: Сергей, согласен, что овсянка на последнем фото может являться самкой, как и вот эта.

2019-04-18

Руслан Телегин: Похоже, гибридная. Возле здания акимата города снял на клумбе. Поздно уже было, пасмурно. Бегали и кормились особей 6-7, видно только прилетели,
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2019-04-17

Вадим Ивушкин: Этот по маховым точно малый.

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