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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


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


2019-04-22

Сергей Силантьев: пестрины на груди и боках......

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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