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Kazakchka river gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-09-27 | Askar Isabekov

In the forest we saw one male Kestrel, and heard the Warblers and Tits. One male Pheasant flew over the road. In pine grove we saw several Blue-capped Redstarts. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2009-09-21 | Askar Isabekov

Nightjars are my friends, they never let me down. This year the rain delayed by one day and I went to Republic Square not at September 20 as in past years, but at September 21. One Nightjar waited me on the larch-tree. Thanks him. Also it was interesting to see two Crested Larks. [...... read more ]


Ozernoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-09-20 | Askar Isabekov

A bit of birds. Great Tits, Hume's Warbler, Grey Wagtails, Blackbirds, Carrion Crows, two Azure Tits. [...... read more ]


Foothills of Zailisky Alatau. Karasay region. Almaty oblast.

2009-09-10 | Askar Isabekov

Round dances in the sky. Today I saw round-flying Black Kites, Swallows and Bee-eaters. One Spotted Flycatcher flew by. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula ulula)

© Aleksandr Klimenko
2017-11-25
Poperechka river, Ridder, VKO

The first photo record of this subspecies on the site birds.kz.


Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza
2017-11-17

The second record in Semirechye. From November 17 to December 7 one Lesser White-fronted Goose and five White-fronted Geese were observed together at one of Karachingil lakes. Before this 3 birds had been met on March 9th of 2003 in the floodplain of Kopy near the Saz railway station (Karpov, Belyalov, Kovshar 2004).
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В., Ковшарь В.А. Первая встреча пискульки на юго-востоке Казахстана//Каз. орнитол. бюлл. 2003. Алматы, 2004. С. 135.


Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

© Anna Yasko
2017-11-01
Aktau, Mangystau region

The first record on Mangyshlak. The nearest known record points are located too much to east: Karatau ridge (Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; Chalikova, Kolbintsev, 2005) and the foothills of Talas Alatau (Belousov, www.birds.kz).


Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-10-28
VKO Katon-Karagay

The easternmost record in Kazakhstan. During migration Blackcap mostly occurs in Western Kazakhstan. For a long time the easternmost record was the observation in Borovoe (Shtegman, 1934). In Kurgaldzhino birds were recorded both in spring and autumn migration (Koshkin, 2017). In Russia this species distributes in east up to Tomsk and Kemerovo oblast (Ryabitsev, 2014; Vasilchenko, 2004). In China first Blackcap was recorded in 2012 in Kashi (Guo H., Ma M., 2013), also birds were later observed at November 21st and December 29th of 2013 (www.xinjiang.birds.watch). Probably the occurring of Blackcaps so far to east relates to the new wintering spots of the eastern populations of this species.

Васильченко А.А. «Птицы Кемеровской области». Кемерово: Кузбассвузиздат, 2004-488 с. Гаврилов Э.И. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.
Рябицев В.К. "Птицы Сибири". Москва-Екатеринбург, Изд-во "Кабинетный ученый", 2014. Guo H., Ma M. Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)-a new bird record in China [Chinese]. Zoological Research, 2013, Oct. 34(5). P. 507-508

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Big Year 2018

1. Boris Gubin (44)
2. Askar Isabekov (42)
3. Serg Silan (40)
4. Anna Yasko (39)
5. Andrey Vilyayev (37)
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unidentified birds


2018-01-22

Аскар Исабеков: Темные курганники совершенно не обязательно являются гибридами с мохноногим. Мне кажется, что вблизи гор их не больше, чем где-нибудь в Кургальджино.
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2018-01-21

Сергей Л. Волков: Сибирская чечевица. Но я думаю, молодой самец. Красноты много на голове. Хотя может быть и от солнца.

2018-01-20

Сергей Силантьев: Пожалуйста на удаление.

2018-01-20

Сергей Силантьев: Пожалуйста на удаление.

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