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Almaty, Samal.

2011-10-30 | Askar Isabekov

The overcast day after the first snowfall. In afternoon I saw male Sparrowhawk near City Hall building. In twilight I noticed the soaring above the skyscrapers falcon looked large to me, probably Peregrine Falcon. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-10-27 | Askar Isabekov

Morning was cloudy. The birds leave the city probably anticipating of the next day upcoming cold and snow. Today I noticed only two Lesser Whitethroats, the rest ones more likely flew away. But the Greenfinches have appeared, today I saw one female. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-10-26 | Askar Isabekov

Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroats. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2011-10-25 | Askar Isabekov

At the Republic Square I saw the Quail, which as usual flashed under my feet and disappeared behind the trees. And as usual I didn’t find it. Also I saw two birds, which from afar were seen black to me, the birds were flying by Hoopoe-shape flight. Probably they were the Wallcreepers. The other birds: Rooks, Hooded Crows, Blackbirds, Great Tits, Mynahs, Lesser Whitethroats. In the afternoon I went to the mountains, to the Little Almaty gorge, where I saw the low flying Lammergeyer. No one bird today was shot. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square

2011-10-23 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny morning. I was standing and looking to the feeding Lesser Whitethroats when the Sparrowhawk suddenly flew directly between the trees about which I was. Sparrowhawk perched on the nearest birch tree, but fled at my approach. Later I saw Sparrowhawk chasing by crows, and later I found it perching on an oak's branch, and yet photographed it. Near the museum I watched the House Sparrows which hanging upside down were feeding the seeds thuja's cones. The Chaffinches arrived in the city were picking from the ground the seeds of ash. [...... read more ]


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Ile region, Almaty oblast.

2011-10-22 | Askar Isabekov

For the first time in this month I left the city to take photos of birds, all the more so the day was sunny though windy. In the Baiserke area I run into two quite low soaring Steppe Eagles. Also I saw three more Long-legged Buzzards, one light and two dark morph. In thickets of russian olives I watched the flock of Common Starlings, Tree Sparrows, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Magpies and Mynahs. From a distance I noticed the Gulls, but did not identify it. Everywhere the Magpies and Rooks were seen, but there were not the abundance of birds. Almaty. Back in the city I went to the Republic Square. The first I saw was the Long-eared Owl which was hunted by the dozen of Hooded Crows. Owl by adroitness does not exceed the Crows, but by size is inferior to them. Crows behaved so like want not run but also to kill the Owl. The poor Owl flew higher and higher, but the Crows did not lag behind it. So they flew away from me. Also I saw Barred Warbler, Lesser and Common Whitethroats, as well as Blackbirds, [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-10-21 | Askar Isabekov

In the morning I went to take some photos of Eversmann's Redstart in the sunny weather. Although the Redstart was always in the shadows, but still the sunny morning is more appropriate time for taking photos than the dull evening. Redstart was still in the same bushes, but today it was more in open places. Couple of times the Blackbird tried to attack the Redstart, but Redstart slowly flew away from him. In addition to Redstart and yesterday's Lesser Whitethroat I saw a few other Whitethroats which have not yet been departed away in the wintering places. And before leaving the Square I saw the flock of mostly juvenile Great Cormorants flying by wedge to the south. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-10-20 | Askar Isabekov

Recent days I used to the fact that birds are a bit or no, except the arrived Rooks and Hooded Crows. Even the number of Sparrows became less. But at evening time I noticed the stir in the bushes, it was the male of Evermann's Redstart. I bothered to go to bring the camera and took some photos. Redstart is not extra shy bird, often sat quite close to me (I even reduced the focal length on camera), but still prefers to be among the branches of shrubs. In addition to Redstart in the same bushes a few more Great Tits and one Lesser Whitethroat were fed. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Samal.

2011-10-19 | Askar Isabekov

Near Ramstore I saw the Sparrowhawk unsuccessfully hunted the Great Tits. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-10-17 | Askar Isabekov

Day of the Corvids. A few days ago I noticed that a lot of Hooded Crows and Rooks arrived to the city. But I went to take some photos today only. Mostly to the record. Rooks feed on acorns under the trees, and Crows prefer to eat berries, sitting in the bushes. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Timoshenko
2018-10-18
Kostanay reg., Naurzum rezerve

New species of Naurzum Reserve. In northern part of Kazakhstan Pygmy
Cormorant previously was recorded at October 6th, 1998 in Kulykol lake
(Pynnonen, 1999), about 180 km to west from the point of new record.
Also singles or group of 2-80 birds were regularly observed in
Kurgaldzhin Reserve since 2001.

Ерохов С.Н., Березовиков Н.Н. 2009. Материалы к орнитофауне озёрной
степи и лесостепи Кустанайской области. Часть 1 // Рус. орнитол. журн.
18 (516): 1715-1742.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный
Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2018-11-03
Almatinskaja obl.,g.Taldykorgan

Rare vagrant visitors in SE Kazakhstan.


Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2018-10-14
Northern Caspian, Kalamkas.

Rare vagrant bird. First record in western part of Kazakhstan. Before observed in Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino), and in S and SE Kazakhstan.


Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-10-07
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

Second photo record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded in Sorbulak lakes too at September 7th, 2014 (Fedorenko, Isabekov, Dyakin, 2014). Group of birdwatchers with Peter Kennely also watched this bird in Sholak lake near Kurgaldzhino village at May 15, 2005, but unfortunately no evidence of this record was provided.
Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии, вып. 3, Алматы, 2014: 211-212

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