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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


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 (160)
2. Gubin Boris (151)
3. Yasko Anna (106)
4. Belyaev Alexandr (105)
5. Andrussenko Konstantin (84)
6. Nukusbekov Malik (81)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (76)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (75)
9. Dyakin Gennadiy (71)
10. Muravskiy Vladimir (69)

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unidentified birds


2018-04-22

Сергей Л. Волков: В гибридах ваших каменок я не силен.А по поводу "танцев" - надо читать, какие конкретно демонстрации совершаются парами и конкурирующими однополыми
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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 !

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