birdwatching blogs

Almaty. Samal.

2010-04-22 | Askar Isabekov

7 am. I watched this year's first Red-rumped Swallows. [...... read more ]

Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-04-18 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny day. Hume's Warbler were very active, they flew almost everywhere. The Blackbirds, Great Tits and Greenfinches sang. The Lesser Whitethroats appeared. Also I noticed one flying by Hoopoe and one Common Kestrel perching on he building of city administration. [...... read more ]


2010-04-17 | Askar Isabekov

At day I saw Turkestan Shrike and at evening I heard this year's first Scops Owl. [...... read more ]

Almaty. Little Almaty river.

2010-04-13 | Askar Isabekov

In early morning on the river I saw one Wood Pigeon, several Grey Wagtails, unidentified little Leaf Warblers and probably one Cetti's Warbler. [...... read more ]


2010-04-12 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw Hoopoe in the city. [...... read more ]

Ile river valley.

2010-04-03 | Askar Isabekov

Today I with Raufael Bairashev made trip to Ile valley in Kapchagay area. During all time we saw many Black Kites both in flocks of about 30 birds and singles. Twice we saw flocks of Demoiselle Cranes. There are a lot of Coots, Crested Grebes in the small lakes; we saw Common Pochards and one Eurasian Bittern too. On the roadsides we noticed one Hoopoe, one Black Redstart, dozens of Pied Wheatears, one Isabelline Wheatear, Chaffinches, Azure Tits, Great Tits, one Corn Bunting, one Stonechat, Turkestan Shrike, Isabelline Shrike, Water Pipit, Tree Pipit, and a lot of Rooks, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows. On one meadow we observed the large mixed flock of different Wagtails. There were White, Masked, Yellow, Citrine and Black-headed Wagtails. [...... read more ]

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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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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Askar Isabekov (127)
2. Boris Gubin (112)
3. Alexandr Belyaev (84)
4. Alexandr Katuncev (71)
5. Malik Nukusbekov (66)


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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