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Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2008-10-27 | Askar Isabekov

In Almaty and at all everywhere Mynahs are very similar one to another. I never tried to distinguish these birds, I think it's unsuccessfully. I always have been wanted to watch uncommon coloring Mynah. Even though partial albino bird. Some days ago driving on Dushanbe river's coast road I saw sitting on the concrete fence Mynah which looking lighter than common birds. Today I was going to be on that place and I took binocular and camera. Light Mynah with two common coloring birds was in same place on the river. Birds were very wild and when I paid attention to them Mynahs flew out to other side of the river and sat on poplars. Light Mynah was looked some less than other birds; it has very light wings well visible on flight. Other birds on the river were a lot of Pigeons, Carrion and Hooded Crows. Also today I saw two White Wagtails. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Romit gorge.

2008-10-26 | Askar Isabekov

Today is my this month first birding tour. Day is sunny but windy. In Romit gorge but correctly in its first branch gorge I saw a lot of birds. All the same wild (even comparative wild) nature very distinguishes on city. Today I haven't seen any Mynahs, Sparrows or Laughing Dove, no one bird specific to city. Today's common birds are Eversmann's and Blue-capped Redstarts. Both species number were several tens each, but Eversmann's Redstarts number was a few more. Eversmann's Redstarts were observed mainly in bush, but Blue-capped one were mostly on the border of bushes and honeysuckle field. Redstarts searched as yet abundant insects both in bushes and honeysuckles. From time to time birds drunk the water on one only pool on the road. It's beholding on close distance that at Blue-capped Redstarts males have brownish tips of feathers, therefore birds look some dimmer. Three times I saw Black-breasted Tits, once alone bird, once the pair and once three birds. Tits searched insects on bark [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Dushanbe, Romit.

2008-10-23 | Askar Isabekov

Even one month I didn't have free time to birdwatching, correctly to special birding tours. On the side being in city I permanently saw Warblers. They are a lot and fed very high in the crowns of high trees (poplars, planes, oaks). It's impossible to observe them because Warblers are very mobile. Such that I can't sure tell what is these Warblers especially allowing that except common Hume's and Greenish Warblers there are other abundant Warblers in Tajikistan for example Plain Leaf-Warbler. Hooded Crows appeared in the city. They are not a lot but I saw two birds. The short trip in the country. I saw Bramblings flying from tree to another. Today there is one only photo shoot but it was photo of rare Golden Eagle. Eagle in beginning soared low in the gorge but further ascended and already didn't alight. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Timoshenko
2018-10-18
Kostanay reg., Naurzum rezerve

New species of Naurzum Reserve. In northern part of Kazakhstan Pygmy
Cormorant previously was recorded at October 6th, 1998 in Kulykol lake
(Pynnonen, 1999), about 180 km to west from the point of new record.
Also singles or group of 2-80 birds were regularly observed in
Kurgaldzhin Reserve since 2001.

Ерохов С.Н., Березовиков Н.Н. 2009. Материалы к орнитофауне озёрной
степи и лесостепи Кустанайской области. Часть 1 // Рус. орнитол. журн.
18 (516): 1715-1742.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный
Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2018-11-03
Almatinskaja obl.,g.Taldykorgan

Rare vagrant visitors in SE Kazakhstan.


Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2018-10-14
Northern Caspian, Kalamkas.

Rare vagrant bird. First record in western part of Kazakhstan. Before observed in Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino), and in S and SE Kazakhstan.


Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-10-07
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

Second photo record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded in Sorbulak lakes too at September 7th, 2014 (Fedorenko, Isabekov, Dyakin, 2014). Group of birdwatchers with Peter Kennely also watched this bird in Sholak lake near Kurgaldzhino village at May 15, 2005, but unfortunately no evidence of this record was provided.
Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии, вып. 3, Алматы, 2014: 211-212

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Big Year 2018

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1. Isabekov Askar (320)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (301)
3. Gubin Boris (273)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (250)
5. Yasko Anna (208)
6. Golubeva Anna (207)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (191)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (169)
9. Malkov Yuriy (158)
10. Zvyaginceva Viktoriya (157)

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unidentified birds


2018-12-11

Сергей Резниченко: Спасибо, Дмитрий.

2018-12-11

Шевцов Дмитрий: Здесь тоже белохвост по тем же признакам + светлые без контрастов голова и шея.

2018-11-30

Сергей Л. Волков: Думал я, что у хохотуньи маховые в апреле не столь сильно обтрепанные. А оказывается, бывают такие. Но при этом бывают и совсем целые. Интересно,
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2018-11-24

Анна Ясько: Так вроде камышовая овсянка, самец.

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