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The Batareika river gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-31 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw one male Common Rosefinch, pair of Oriental Turtle Doves, one Mistle Thrush and flock of 4 Nutcrackers. Other Nutcrackers several times shouted in flight, but each time hid in the spruce or pine trees. [...... read more ]


Prokhodnoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-28 | Askar Isabekov

The weather was overcast, and rainy. One Black Kite flew quite a low in the gorge. In the bushes and in the tall grass there were a lot of juvenile Great Tits and Grey Wagtails. These birds today were very appreciable. Also I saw two Brown Dippers. There were quite many Blue Whistling Thrushes. During the river at distance about one kilometer I saw 5 or 6 Whistling Thrushes. Blue Whistling Thrushes foraged between the large stones. [...... read more ]


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Ozernoe and Prokhodnoe gorges. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-23 | Askar Isabekov

In Ozernoe gorge I saw two soaring Black Kites, one Kestrel, several Grey-headed Goldfinches, one Common Rosefinch. In Prokhodnoe gorge above the Alma-Arasan I observed only two Brown Dippers. [...... read more ]


Ozernoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-20 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw the low soaring Lammergeier again. The bird didn't pay attention to the people which were quite a close to the bird. The Lammergeier carefully explored the slopes of the gorge. In addition to Lammergeier two Black Kites soared in the sky. Also I saw Kestrel, male Common Rosefinch and juvenile Brown Dipper. [...... read more ]


Degeres. Almaty oblast.

2009-07-18 | Askar Isabekov

After more the one month period without special birding trips I with Raufael Bairashev made the birding tour to Degeres. In the colony of Rosy Starlings there was the noise which I didn't wait. I thought that Rosy Starlings already started the autumn wanderings. But we saw that many juvenile birds couldn't make it. The large part of juveniles still needs the parental support. These short-tailed young birds hid between large rocks, in the bushes and from time to time were shown and asked the food. The parents of these young birds flew all around in the searching of the food. The juveniles which could self forging flew together with adult birds. The second popular today's bird was Lesser Grey Shrike. Shrikes fed juveniles too. The Demoiselle Cranes flew to the lake. There were two Grey Herons on the lake too. The interesting observation: the Black Stork flew out to the west. It was my second observation of the Black Stork in Degeres. Probably Storks nest in the local rocks. Also I saw three [...... read more ]


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Batareika river. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-15 | Askar Isabekov

I saw one quite a low soaring Golden Eagle and some later two Blue Whistling Thrushes in two different places. [...... read more ]


Talgar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-14 | Askar Isabekov

Saw one Blue Whistling Thrush. [...... read more ]


Prokhodnoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-11 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip to Alma-Arasan. The interesting observations were two Common Buzzards and Blue Whistling Thrush. I saw Brown Dipper and Grey Wagtails too. Also today I was in the next gorge (unfortunately without photo camera) where I saw soaring Lammergeier, Azure Tits and White-bellied Dipper. [...... read more ]


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


2019-04-21

Анна Ясько: Мне кажется вид лунихи точно определить будет сложновато. Даже по фото, на которых объект в фокусе и в более удобном для определения ракурсе,
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2019-04-20

Николай Балацкий: Сергей, согласен, что овсянка на последнем фото может являться самкой, как и вот эта.

2019-04-18

Руслан Телегин: Похоже, гибридная. Возле здания акимата города снял на клумбе. Поздно уже было, пасмурно. Бегали и кормились особей 6-7, видно только прилетели,
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2019-04-17

Вадим Ивушкин: Этот по маховым точно малый.

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