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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-09-30 | Askar Isabekov

Lesser Whitethroats, one Hume's Warbler, one Chiffchaff. [...... read more ]


Trip to Trans-Balkhash area.

2011-09-27 | Askar Isabekov

On the reservoir over Bayserke there are no birds except Great Crested Grebes and Black-headed Gulls. But a lot of Grebes, I think that it's possible to see not less than 50-60 birds simultaneously. In the roadside elm I heard but not saw the Azure Tit.On the way before Kapchagai reservoir and immediately over Kapchagai the Rooks were soaring in the sky, apparently were forming the flocks and were preparing to fly away. Near Kerbulak wintering first time this year I saw Hooded Crows. Also the Chaffinches have already arrived, I saw the single male and several flocks flying over the steppe. On roadside bushes I saw Black Redstart, Hume's Warblers, Isabelline Shrikes, several Kestrels and two Hobbies. Twice I saw the flying Harriers, presumably the Hen Harrier. Black-throated Thrush was sitting on the dry twig, but saw me and flew to the nearby tree and hid in the large Magpie's nest. In the large clay coomb I saw Little Owl (unfortunately wasn't shoot), Hume's Warblers, Chiffchaffs, female [...... read more ]


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Ile Alatau National Park. Little Almaty river.

2011-09-23 | Askar Isabekov

At early evening I passed to the mountains just to sit on the river side. Saw Grey Wagtails. Some Wagtails jumped straight up and caught the insects in flight. On one of the jumps the Sparrowhawk tried to catch the Wagtail. But the Wagtail was quicker than Sparrowhawk, the raptor was left without prey and perched on nearby tree. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-22 | Askar Isabekov

In the evening, at sunset, I again saw the Quail. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-19 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw the stray Dog flushed the Quail. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-18 | Askar Isabekov

A lot of Lesser Whitethroats, other birds were noticeably less. In some places the Leaf Warblers were hearable. Usually circling in the sky the Sparrowhawk was hunting to someone in the rose bushes. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Akkain.

2011-09-11 | Askar Isabekov

At midday time I with family have gone to rest to mountains, in Akkain sanatorium area. There were no abundance of birds species. I saw many Greenish Warblers, some less of Great Tits, Magpies, Grey Wagtails. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-09-04 | Askar Isabekov

Became much more Lesser Whitethroats, which were quite active even in midday time. The Common Whitethroats became less visible, also I saw female Black Redstart and female Bluthroat, many Hume's Warblers, two females and one male Stonechats, two Wood Pigeions, two Hobbies, Mynahs, Magpies. [...... read more ]


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Karasai region, Almaty oblast.

2011-09-03 | Askar Isabekov

Within day I saw flying by in the sky the Wood Pigeons, Oriental Turtle Doves, Magpies, Black Kites, and the Eurasian Bee-eaters at evening time. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Samal.

2011-09-02 | Askar Isabekov

At night I saw the Hobby hunting the Bats in the light of stadium's projectors. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Amur (White) Wagtail (Motacilla (alba) leucopsis)

© Sveta Ashby
2018-05-21
Kanshengel

Fist record of Amur Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis) in Kazakhstan. Most of systematics treat this taxon as subspecies of White Wagtail (Mac Kinnon&Phillips, 2000; Степанян, 2003; Roberts, 2006; Brazil, 2014; Clements, 2016; HBW, 2016) but include it to special group of eastern races. Breeding range of this bird contains Far East Russia, Korea peninsula, SW Japan, central and eastern China. Winters in Southern Asia eastward to Northern India. Records of vagrant birds known in Vitim Reserve (Russia, Northern Trans-Baikal area) at April 29, 2014 (S.L.Volkov, www.sibrids.ru) and in Eastern Mongolia (Gombobaatar & Monks, 2011). From November 27 to December 2 of 2015 one male was observed in Finland (Kujala, Päijät-Häme), it's third record in Western Palearctic.


Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2018-05-29
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.


Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Alexandr Katuncev
2018-05-06

New species for Sorbulak system.


Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Gennadiy Dyakin
2018-05-09
Aktau, Mangistau region

Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsula. Previously the following records are known: June 1-2 1888 in area of Sherkala mountain and Akmysh well, May 06, 1947 in vicinity of Fort-Shevchenko, May 07, 1964 in Danga, May 17, 2009 near Kaundy depression, and May 09, 2017 in the square of Aktau city.

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Big Year 2018

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1. Isabekov Askar (279)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (267)
3. Gubin Boris (242)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (217)
5. Yasko Anna (181)
6. Katuncev Alexandr (165)
7. Vorobyov Vladimir (157)
8. Golubeva Anna (150)
9. Malkov Yuriy (139)
10. Andrussenko Konstantin (132)

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unidentified birds


2018-08-15

Андрей Баздырев: Молодые озёрные чайки - на верхней части охристый налёт, клюв не очень длинный.

2018-08-15

Анна Ясько: Туркестанский. Обыкновенный жулан гнездится севернее.

2018-08-15

Николай Балацкий: Похоже, что на камнях сидят парой самец и самка красноухой овсянки.

2018-08-15

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