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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


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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