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Almaty.

2011-08-31 | Askar Isabekov

Within a day I saw in the city's center one Hoopoe (near Tulpar autoshop) and two Hobbies (near Republic Palace). [...... read more ]


Medeo, Ile Alatau National Park.

2011-08-30 | Askar Isabekov

In the thickets of Little Almaty river over the dam I observed a lot of Leaf Warblers, mostly Greenish Warblers, but I also noticed Sulphur-bellied Warblers and probably Chiffchaffs. The Grey Wagtails were very actively too. In addition to Warblers and Wagtails I watched one Brown Dipper, one Azure Tit, one Blue Whistling Thrush, Magpies, Mynahs. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-29 | Askar Isabekov

I saw A lot of Common Whitethroats and some Barred Warblers, and also one Sparrowhawk, Stonechats (females only), one Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroats which became quite more. [...... read more ]


Karasai region, Almaty oblast.

2011-08-27 | Askar Isabekov

Near our summer house I saw one Spotted Flycatcher and the flock of soaring Bee-eaters which also were perching on wires. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-25 | Askar Isabekov

The Turkestan Shrike's migration became active, today I saw about 6-7 Shrikes both adults and juveniles. Also I watched Common Whitethroats, Stonechats (about ten birds, all females), Lesser Whitethroats, one Hoopoe, Bluethroat, Barred Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Mynahs, Magpies. In the crown of high birch-trees I notices many little birds, but couldn't shoot of even observe them. I guess that they were Leaf Warblers and also Stonechats and Lesser Whitethroats. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-21 | Askar Isabekov

Today most of all I watched the Common Whitethroats. Aslo I saw several female Stonechats, three Lesser Whitethroats, two Barred Warblers, one Hume's Warbler, Sparrowhawk, two Wood Pigeons, Mynahs, Magpies and probably Booted Warbler. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-14 | Askar Isabekov

Morning. All the yesterday's birds, plus - one Sparrowhawk, minus - Stonechats. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-13 | Askar Isabekov

Morning. I saw not less than three tens Common Whitethroats, it was surprising to me that Whitethroats were feeding on the ground, searching the food among the roses. Two Barred Warblers were as usually shyer than Whitethroats, the Common Nightingales were hiding in bushes. I ran into also other little birds, but I had not time to make out them. Again I saw yesterday's Stomechats and Turkestan Shrike.In the square at Republic Museum I heard Warblers, and in Samal saw one Wood Pigeon and two Laughing Doves. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-08-12 | Askar Isabekov

At the evening, almost at sunset time, I walked on the square near the city's akimat. I saw two Turkestan Shrikes, several Common Whitethroats and three females of Stonechat. Once the Hobby flew by. Probably I ran into the Barred Warblers and one Bluethroat but I am not sure. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-03-10
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
2018-03-09
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
2018-02-11
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, www.birds.kz). 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, www.birds.kz; A.Balykin, www.birds.kz), in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev, www.birds.kz).


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2018-02-17
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, www.birds.kz); in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko, www.birds.kz).

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

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1. Isabekov Askar (160)
2. Gubin Boris (151)
3. Yasko Anna (106)
4. Belyaev Alexandr (105)
5. Andrussenko Konstantin (84)
6. Nukusbekov Malik (81)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (76)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (75)
9. Dyakin Gennadiy (71)
10. Muravskiy Vladimir (69)

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unidentified birds


2018-04-22

Сергей Л. Волков: В гибридах ваших каменок я не силен.А по поводу "танцев" - надо читать, какие конкретно демонстрации совершаются парами и конкурирующими однополыми
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2018-04-20

Аскар Исабеков: Перевожу - анонимный комментатор высказывает мнение, что это северная бормотушка.

2018-04-17

Аскар Исабеков: Мне кажется общий зеленоватый фон может ввести в заблуждение. Мне кажется, что бровь более желтого цвета, чем окружающие части головы. Плюс
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2018-04-09

Александр Катунцев: хоть в канюках множество окрасок предположу, что этот-ближе к малому !

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