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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


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


Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Askar Isabekov
2019-02-15
Koksarai kotregulator. Southern Kazakhstan

Rare vagrant, far from the basic migration path.


Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

© Natali Kim
2019-01-19
Eastern Kazakhstan

The nothernmost winter record of Little Grebe in Kazakhstan. Usual Little Grebe winterings are in southern and south-eastern Kazakhstan, but recent years wintering range enlarged to North-East up to Alacol depression (Berezovikov, 2005, 2012).


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Kanat Kenzhegulov
2018-12-30
Aktau, Karakol

First winter record for Kazakhstan, second one for Central Asia. First single bird was recorded January 16, 2009 at Issyk-Kul lake.

Kulagin S, Sagymbayev S, Flechtner S, 2008. First winter record of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in Cenral Asia // Selevinia: 259.

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unidentified birds


2019-03-19

Александр Катунцев: хохлатая чернеть.

2019-03-19

Сергей Л. Волков: Возможно, монгольская чайка. Может оказаться, что они зимуют у вас или немного южнее. Но в таком случае необходимо мнение человека, хорошо
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2019-03-14

Марина Гудимова: К сожалению, нет снимков для сравнения. Следующий раз буду умнее.

2019-03-13

Сергей Л. Волков: Благодарю.

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