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Hotel “Kumbel”. Ile Alatau national Park.

2009-08-30 | Askar Isabekov

At 7.30 am in Small Almaty gorge I saw three Blue Whistling Thrushes. Some later I went to branch of Big Almaty gorge. 10.00 am. In the forest near hotel “Kumbel” despite a late time there were a lot of birds. Hume's Warblers and Great Tit were most of all in number. Dozens of these birds flew by my vision. In addition to these birds I saw Coal Tits and Grey Wagtails too. It was strange to me to see Grey Wagtails in the shadow of birch-tree forest. But the greatest hit of the day is Great Spotted Woodpecker. I assumed that I would see Woodpecker because Tien Shan's birch-tree forest is the habitat where I observed this Woddpecker most often. So this occurring was not surprise but nice. Woodpecker was searching the food on the old dry birch-tree. [...... read more ]


KokJailau. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-08-22 | Askar Isabekov

There were a bit of birds. Both Greenish Warblers and Tree Pipits weren't hearable. But the Nutcrackers became less cautious. They were quite often hearable and sometimes little flocks of them flew by. In spruce forest almost in the high border of forest belt it was interesting to watch the Grey Partridges. The flock of Grey Partridges most probable picked up the ants. The birds flashed out from when I notice them. In the tall spruce I saw two Red Crossbills. The most noticable today's birds were the raptors. In the KokJailau plateau I saw two Booted Eagles (both light and dark morphs), Common Buzzard and Lammergeier. [...... read more ]


Bakbakty. Southern Trans-Balkhash area.

2009-08-15 | Askar Isabekov

In the village I saw Hobbies (probably nesting birds), Mynahs, Collared Doves. In sunset time above the channel the Grey Herons flew by in the small groups by 2-5 birds, in total about 20 birds. [...... read more ]


Karatal.

2009-08-08 | Askar Isabekov

In the river banks I saw the flocks of Wood Pigeons. In the riverside bushes Lesser Whitethroats and Greenish Warblers were visible. Once I saw the Bluethroat. Many Turkestan Shrikes, Hoopoes. The Hobbies flew by. In the wet meadows the Black-headed and Masked Wagtails were observed. Once on the pole I saw the Shikra. [...... read more ]


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Almaty - Ushtobe.

2009-08-07 | Askar Isabekov

Almaty. Samal. At the morning I saw the flock of the Martins about 20 birds. In my opinion they were the Sand Martins. Martins flew some laps around our block and flew off. For a long time I didn't see Martins in the city. The road to Ushtobe. The noticeable observations: the white morph Booted Eagle was recorded near the Arkharly pass. Some earlier near Shengeldy village I saw the Black-bellied Sandgrouse flying to the Kapchagai reservoir side. All other observed birds were common: numerous Black Kites, Rooks, Rollers, flocks of Rosy Starlings, in some places Bee-Eaters and Kestrels. In Arkharly pass I saw Spotted Flycatcher, female Northern Wheatear and Pied Wheatears. Ushtobe. In the dry foothills I was looking for two springs which are the waterplaces to Black-bellied and Pallas's Sandgrouses. But unfortunately I didn't find them. I saw only numerous in this place Tawny Pipits, Spotted Flycatchers, Pied and Isabelline Wheatears. Most birds in paddy fields around Ushtobe town. Most noticeable [...... read more ]


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Almaty. VAZ.

2009-08-03 | Askar Isabekov

At 7 am I saw a little Heron (may be Pond Heron or Night Heron) flying by in sky above the waterless part of the city. I noticed it from the car therefore couldn't identify. [...... 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

supported by

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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