birdwatching blogs

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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-31 | Askar Isabekov

On the square I saw one Chaffinch, few Bramblings and a lot of Backbirds. There are a lot of Blackbirds in Samal district too, especially nearby Ramstore. [...... read more ]


2007-12-30 | Askar Isabekov

Today in the city I met Bramblings and Goldcrests. [...... read more ]

Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-29 | Askar Isabekov

All birds which I saw yesterday were met today. Flocks of Siskins and Bramblings flew. Still many Blackbirds, Magpies and Hooded Crows. Occasionally Goldcrests occured, but I didn't see such bright birds such I saw yesterday. Also I again saw Robin, but didn't photograph this timid bird. But I photographed Coal and Great Tits. [...... read more ]

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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-28 | Askar Isabekov

Some flocks of the timid Siskins fed in tops of birches. Blackbirds here and there came across. I saw not only Great Tits only but Coal Tits also. On a thuja I saw one Goldcrest. Goldcrest seemed brighter than our usual Tien Shan Goldcrests. Also I met European Robin a new species to me. [...... read more ]

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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-22 | Askar Isabekov

Well here I am in Kazakhstan. As usually I carried out a short walk to Republic Square. Nothing unusual. Flocks of Bramblings occured here and there, Siskins are fed on birches. Many Blackbirds, Magpies, Rooks and Hooded Crows. [...... read more ]

Tajikistan. Dushanbe, Botanical Garden.

2007-12-20 | Askar Isabekov

Today is the holiday - Kurban-Ait or Idi Kurbon as Tadjiks say. Cloudy weather, sometimes strong wind blows. That is weather obviously not to bird watching. The walk to the Botanical garden was short and ineffective. I met Eversmann's Redstart and Bar-tailed Treecreeper in the same places I saw them last time. As well as last time Treecreeper was together with Blackbirds. But Black-throated Thrushes widely wandered on whole garden. Also I saw Magpies, Chaffinches and Mynahs. Once I spied a little warbler. Later I only heard its voice, but it was not possible to see it in high trees against the cloudy sky. It is possible to tell same words about Turkestan Tit, I only heard it but didn't see. [...... read more ]

Tajikistan. Dushanbe. Komsomol lake.

2007-12-16 | Askar Isabekov

Kingfishers didn't depart, today I saw two birds. Water has receded from the coast, therefore Kingfishers should hunt from coast. The large white gulls like Caspian Gull were added to Black-headed Gulls. Mallards and Waders are on them own places. Today I saw unknown, new to me Sandpiper with some up curved beak (Terek Sandpiper - thanks to Igor). Both Grey Heron and Great White Egret were on lake too, Egret was very well visible from afar, but here I found Grey Heron only in photos. The passerines were Chaffinches, Bramblings and two Masked Wagtails. [...... read more ]

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Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2007-12-15 | Askar Isabekov

The warm sunny day. I didn't go anywhere, in the city saw Common Starlings only. [...... read more ]

Tajikistan. Dushanbe, Varzob gorge.

2007-12-09 | Askar Isabekov

Today is very cloudy and rainy day. On early morning I saw one Common Starling. I noticed it because I heard its voice. The Starling sat highly on a plane tree, against the murky sky only its silhouette was visible. But it was accurately visible that it was a Starling, because nearby to Starling on the next branch two Mynahs sat. Mynahs were much larger than Starling. In Varzob gorge there was a rain. Saw only two unknown birds. Small grey birdies scurried about among rocks. They did not fly vertically upwards as a bird but crept as the mouse. Probably birds were Wallcreepers, but I did not notice red wings. I didn't see anything more. [...... read more ]

Tajikistan. Dushanbe. Komsomol lake.

2007-12-08 | Askar Isabekov

The winter again has left, today is a warm sunny day. In the morning in city centre near the Aini Theatre I met the Masked Wagtail. Then in Kushtepa kishlak I saw two Kites. After a dinner I went to Komsomol lake. The water in lake became much less, in the channel near the lake the water already is not present absolutely. There are a lot of Common Sandpipers and Black-headed Gulls on the lake. On the next to lake small reservoir there are three Green Sandpipers and one Grey Heron. One more Grey Heron and one Great White Egret were fed on lake. Number of Mallards became lesser, also I saw three Common Teal. Today I did not seen any Kingfisher and White-capped Redstart. But I have met the Wallcreeper. The birdie was very mobile and I made only one picture before it departed to other coast of the channel. [...... read more ]

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rare birds records

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First photo of rare wintering species in Sorbulak, and generelly in SE Kazakhstan. Before this record male and female were observed in flock of Tufted Ducks at February 2nd, 2003; and single bird at Jabuary 18th, February 21st, and March 13th of 2004 (Belyalov, Karpov 2012).

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

© Alexandr Belyaev
Almaty region, g. Taldykorgan

Second record of Dunncock in South-Easten Kazkahstan. Only one record for region was known before: at January 10, 1993 in northern foothills of Zailisky Alatau ridge, in sandthorn thickets of Chilik river four Dunncocks were recorded (Губин, 2002).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record in Sorbulak lakes. Only spring records are known before this one: May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002), April 11, 1999 (Grachev, 2002), and April 23, 2017 (Dyakin, In winter time Pygmy Cormorant is not rare in Chardara reservoir (Erokhov et al, 2006; Kovalenko, Kravchenko, 2007; Kovalenko, Karpov, 2008); recent years was observed in Taraz (Kolbintsev, 2009; M.Nukusbekov,; A.Balykin,, in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev,

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

Rare observation of Black Kite in Kazakhstan in winter time. Previously in winter time recorded in Almaty oblast (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009; Berezovikov, 2014; S.Shmygalev,; in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko,

Березовиков Н.Н. 2014. Зимняя встреча черноухого коршуна Milvus migrans lineatus в городе Алматы // Рус. орнитол. журн. 23 (1082): 3957.
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В. 2009. О зимней встрече чёрного коршуна в Алматинской области // Selevinia: 234.
Ясько А.О. 2017. Орнитологические наблюдения в городе Актау // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1399): 382-394.

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unidentified birds


Сергей Л. Волков: Анна, действительно, бывают и бекасы с таким исподом крыла. У нас бекасы довольно редки, и у наблюдал только светлый испод. Теперь буду знать.Я


Сергей Силантьев: Даже визуальное сравнение с большим крохалем на снимке говорит о том, что птица не маленькая...Кряква.


Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот


Николай Балацкий: Однозначно, что ремез. Голова в анфас, то есть клювом к фотографу.

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