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Tajikistan. Hoja Obigarm.

2008-07-27 | Askar Isabekov

At the river I saw Spotted Flycatchers, Grey and Masked Wagtails. All birds feed up juveniles. From time to time Wagtails flew out and started to flew by pairs. Adult Flycatchers were more active that juveniles ones. Juvenile Flycatchers are very light and behaved passively, mostly sat on stones. Adults ones behaved as usually but sat not on branches but on stones. Here at small river adult Pied Wheater fed up juvenile one. In rocks Rock Nuthatches occurred. These birds always active and now fed up juveniles too. Today I saw Nuthatch hollowed the stone by the beak. In gorge on a nut tree I saw one Wood Pigeon. As soon as sun rise Red-rumped Swallows and European Bee-eaters appeared. Some later soaring dark morph Long-legged Buzzard appeared. When Buzzard flew up to the slope another one (probably juvenile bird) flew up towards it. Received food juvenile sat down to the rock but adult Buzzard departed. I discerned the sitting bird by the binocular. Buzzard was very dark almost black color. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Vakhsh river. From Nurek to Baipaza.

2008-07-26 | Askar Isabekov

Vakhsh river from Nurek to Baipaza spreads widely. There is not valley of the river but along the coast it's a lot of greenery. The landscape is rocks. At the Nurek in a gulf I saw two Coots. On wires Laughing Doves, one European Turtle Dove, Rollers sat. Further birds were a much, but the number of species was very limited. I saw three Pied Wheaters, three Rock Nuthatches, about six Spotted Flycatchers, but mostly I saw only European Bee-eaters. At last I well beheld and even photographed Paradise Flycatcher. A bird wasn't very wild. Nearby children amassed brushwood but Flycatcher almost did not pay to them attention. But on shouts of children the bird flew on the next tree. As well as common Spotted Flycatcher Paradise one preferred to keep to the bottom branches. [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Khovaling, Baljuvon.

2008-07-20 | Askar Isabekov

Trip on two regions of Khatlon oblast to the waterfall. Road to the south from Dushenbe mostly passes by the asphalt. But birds on the “asphalt” places weren't visible. Beginning from Vose road turns from the main way and crosses foothills and rivers watercourses. Nearby Vose a lot of Rollers (both bright adult and dim juveniles) on the wires. The Roller probably is main bird of this place. Other birds were two European and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Crested Larks. Near the little river I saw two Pied Bushchats, one Little Ringed Plover and one Common Sandpiper. Over Khovaling on the clay hills there were a lot of Barn Swallows, sometimes I saw Rollers. Twice I saw Great Grey Shrikes. Main raptor bird is Egyptian Vulture, during two days I saw more than ten birds. Once I saw in one place three roamed Vultures and once one dark juvenile Vulture. And once only I saw Egyptian Vulture sitting on the stones, all other birds roamed in the sky. Except Egyptian Vultures I saw only several Black [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Anna Yasko
2019-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau region

The second record of the Woodchat Shrike in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded on May 3, 2015, also in Aktau (Mangistau).


Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)

© Yuriy Malkov
2019-04-24
karabalik

Rare passage migrant. One bird was observed in flock of the Greater White-fronted Gooses.


Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2019-04-24

The second record of the Spanish Sparrow in the region. One female kept in a flock of the Tree Sparrow. Before one male was observed on the south coast of Tengiz on July 27, 2000 (Koshkin, 2017). This is still the most northern records of vagrant birds of this species.


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

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2019-05-22

Николай Балацкий: Молодец, Сергей! Разложил по полочкам. Знатоки боятся попасть в лузеры. Между Зелёной пеночкой и Таловкой есть заметное отличие в размере
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2019-05-22

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2019-05-21

Сергей Л. Волков: А я так и остался в непонимании, хотя большую горлицу знаю хорошо. Разве что большое количество сизого оттенка на кроющих перьях крыла склоняет
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2019-05-20

Марина Гудимова: Ань, она все-таки пела. Только уже не помню, как...

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