birdwatching blogs

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 ]


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

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov
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
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
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, 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,; A.Balykin,, in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev,

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
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,; in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko,

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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unidentified birds


Анна Ясько: Александр, у Вас есть еще кадры группы птиц с 1 фото, чтобы было видно испод крыла у других птиц помимо птицы в левом нижнем углу?А так они все


Сергей Силантьев: Даже визуальное сравнение с большим крохалем на снимке говорит о том, что птица не маленькая...Кряква.


Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот


Николай Балацкий: Однозначно, что ремез. Голова в анфас, то есть клювом к фотографу.

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