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Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-06-22 | Askar Isabekov

On the later evening the Little Owl flew in the front of the car. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Iskanderkul.

2008-06-15 | Askar Isabekov

High mountain lake Isakanderkul places not far from Dushanbe but the road is difficult now. On spring and autumn time Iskanderkul as one of the rare large lakes used by the migrated birds as rest place. Now I don't see any bird on the water table. In the poplar forest I saw only Carrion Crow looked very large. A lot of Masked Wagtails on the coast. It is necessary to note Bar-tailed Treecreepers. They are common birds but Treecreepers more hearable than visible. Once I saw Yellow-breasted Tit and once Roller on the slope. It's uncommon to meet Roller in the high mountain. On the bushes some times I met Black Redstart and on spring one Blue Whistling Thrush. Sometimes on the rock slopes the flocks of Red-billed Choughes were observed. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Takob.

2008-06-09 | Askar Isabekov

I again saw the pair of Blue Whistling Thrushes. On the sky Kestrel coursed Long-legged Buzzard. [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-06-08 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip to the nest of Blue Whistling Thrush. Today I spied nestlings. Only after one week they capped not by fluff but by feathers. Adult Thrushes were more wild than last visit. I counted four chicks. Except Whistling Thrushes I saw also Orioles, one Kestrel, Masked Wagtails. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Tavildara.

2008-06-07 | Askar Isabekov

All same birds I saw last trip. Orioles, Red-headed Buntings, White-capped Buntings, Nightingales. One Cinereous Vulture. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Trip to Kulob.

2008-06-06 | Askar Isabekov

Very hot day. Birds were not visible. I can notice only one Egyptian Vulture roamed above the road. My suggestion is Vulture searched downed gophers on the asphalt. Also near Dangara I saw Crested Larks. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-06-03 | Askar Isabekov

Short trip. Saw only one Golden Oriole and Red-rumped Swallows. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushnbe.

2008-06-02 | Askar Isabekov

On the outdoors near my office Blackbirds feed juveniles. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-06-01 | Askar Isabekov

Today I got up on Romit gorge. Birds were a little. Somehow there were a little Dippers. All day I saw one only Brown Dipper and heard one. Even Grey Wagtails were a little. Most visible today birds were Masked Wagtails and Spotted Flycatches. Other birds were several Carrion Crows, one Hobby and one Common Sandpiper (on dry mountains!), one Eversmann's Redstart, one Blackbird, Red-rumped Swallows. I heard but didn't see Nightingales and Orioles. On unmoving sitting I saw also wild Oriental Turtle Doves. Three times I saw Blue Whistling Thrushes. Whistling Thrushes of Pamir are more wild that ones in Almaty. Nothing allowed to close them. But today I first time saw the nest of Blue Whitling Thrush. The location of the nest is classical, on the rock above the streams of mountain river. From time to time Thrushes flew to the nest and fed chicks. Chicks (the number of them was very difficult to count yet by binocular, probably 3-4 chicks) capped by bluish purple fluff. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-03-10
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
2018-03-09
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
2018-02-11
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, www.birds.kz). 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, www.birds.kz; A.Balykin, www.birds.kz), in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev, www.birds.kz).


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2018-02-17
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, www.birds.kz); in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko, www.birds.kz).

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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Big Year 2018

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1. Isabekov Askar (178)
2. Gubin Boris (168)
3. Yasko Anna (114)
4. Katuncev Alexandr (109)
5. Belyaev Alexandr (105)
6. Nukusbekov Malik (86)
7. Andrussenko Konstantin (84)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (75)
9. Dyakin Gennadiy (71)
10. Kim Natali (69)

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unidentified birds


2018-04-20

Аскар Исабеков: Перевожу - анонимный комментатор высказывает мнение, что это северная бормотушка.

2018-04-17

Аскар Исабеков: Мне кажется общий зеленоватый фон может ввести в заблуждение. Мне кажется, что бровь более желтого цвета, чем окружающие части головы. Плюс
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2018-04-09

Александр Катунцев: хоть в канюках множество окрасок предположу, что этот-ближе к малому !

2017-12-01

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