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Ushtobe, Karatal region, Almaty oblast.

2007-09-12 | Askar Isabekov

Morning trip to sand foreland on Karatal river. Driving beside the bushes I frightened a lot of Wood Pigeons. Inconspicuous at day birds flew out from trees by tens. On morning silence crying of Pheasants and little falcons (Hobbies and Lesser Kestrels) were very audible. One Black-headed Gull arrived to foreland. Also flock of Great Cormorants, one White Egret, flock of little ducks flew beside foreland. On bushes from time to time Magpies and Carrion Crows occurred. Sometimes it's possible to see little birds - Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. Sandgouses didn't arrive and I began come back to Ushtobe and saw two flying to watering flocks of Black-bellied Sangrouses. Sandgrouses flew to Karatal but to another foreland. I waited some times but did't see another flocks and returning seeing flocks. But one sitting on dry tree raptor compelled my attention. On binocular I saw long legs and large head. It was Short-toed Snake-Eagle. Raptor sat very easy and I could make some photos. Several [...... read more ]


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Ushtobe, Karatal region, Almaty oblast.

2007-09-11 | Askar Isabekov

At the road there is not many species such as at spring and summer times. The autumn is in. Many birds yet migrated. Only Rooks and Kites were met in large number. Touching other meeting birds I can notice only Hobbies and one dark morph Upland Buzzard. Over all road I met two Rollers only. The aim of the trip to Ushtobe is finding of Black-bellied and Pallas's Sandgouses. Sandgrouses indispensable fly to drink water on same places. It's possible to meet its near these watering places. But all around Ushtobe were dried up. Two trips to steppe brooks weren't successfully, there wasn't water. But there was not water that there were not Sandgouses. On dry steppe saw only Tawny Pipits, Isabelline Wheaters and Larks, several Hobbies and Lesser Kestrels, one Great Grey Shrike. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-09-09 | Askar Isabekov

No new species on the Square. I can notice only young Isabelline Wheater. Now there were not new species, I attended to little and inconspicuous birds. I tried to make good photos to identify its. Birds were Booted and Hume's Warblers. [...... read more ]


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Almaty.

2007-09-08 | Askar Isabekov

Ile-Alatau National Park. Batareika river. Murky morning. Grey Wagtails, Carrion Crows, Magpies and two Blue Whistling Thrushes. Blue Whistling Thrushes searched insects on green grass. Republic Square. Again saw Common and Lesser Whitethroats, Stonechats, two Turkestan Shrikes, one Booted Warbler, one Bluethroat, one Masked Wagtail. Today's interesting birds are Crested Lark and Quail. I first time saw Crested Lark in the city but didn't have possibility to make photo. Bird was very scary. But Quail shot out, flew about twenty meters and smash bumped on metal fence. Whack such as stone. I was sure that bird cracked up and tried to find it. But didn't find. I turned around bushes and again put up the Quail. Bird sat at 20-30 centimeters and I didn't see it. This bout Quail successfully flew above five-meters fence. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-09-07 | Askar Isabekov

A lot of birds. Different birds in different places. On flowerbeds mainly Stonechats fed. Stonechats looks very perfect on red roses especially males. Warblers mostly hid in bushes. Common Whitethroats are most popular, Lesser Whitethroats are some less and Barred Warblers are a little. Also today I met two Long-tailed Shrikes. Long-tailed Shrikes in contradistinction from other Shrikes hide in trees branches and search feed not on open places but under trees. Also saw one flying between birch-trees Spotted Flycatcher. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-09-04 | Askar Isabekov

Today crossing Republic Square I saw not only familiar Stonechats and Common Whitethroats but also the newly arrived Barred Warblers and Lesser Whitethroats. Frightened off one Quail. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


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


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.

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