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Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-12-29 | Askar Isabekov

Sparrowhawk came flying and scared the flock of Siskins. Siskins circled and were going to come back to the same tree. But Sparrowhawk was here! Siskins scared again and flew out forever. But Sparrowhawk stayed on the birch-tree about 10-15 minutes. It's very strange to me that Siskins came back to the tree where they was scared by the Sparrowhawk. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-12-25 | Askar Isabekov

Warm and sunny day. The berries on the trees were already eaten, but were many catkins on the birches. I watched Great Tits, Hooded Crows, Blackbirds, Bramblings, Chaffinches, House Sparrows, Rooks, Mynahs, Pigeons and one Robin. Robin were searching food under the spruces, picking up thuja's seeds from the snow. [...... read more ]


Kim-Asar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2011-12-23 | Askar Isabekov

Warm and sunny day. The tour to Three-toed Woodpecker. I didn't see and hear Woodpecker but I knew the history of the tallow which I hung on trees. So the food I hung and scattered were eaten during at maximum 5 minutes by the Magpies which permanently watched all the rested visitors of the gorge. I understood it's impossible to attract Woodpecker to the tallow. On the road I saw two White-bellied Dippers and one Azure Tits. [...... read more ]


Kim-Asar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2011-12-17 | Askar Isabekov

The overcast and cold day. I wanted to watch Three-toed Woodpecker I saw yesterday but did not see anyone, saw only Wallcreeper on the fence of house at the bottom of the gorge. [...... read more ]


Kim-Asar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2011-12-16 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny but a quite cold day. At the mountains the birds are a bit mostly I noticed the Magpies awaiting the tourists departure that to feed the remnants of food. Carrion Crows sometimes caught the eye of me. One of the tourists told me about a bird larger than a sparrow with a rusty spots on body-flanks, he called this bird the mendicant , because it peck something on the ground directly close to humans, as if solicit the food. I did not understand what species of the bird he described. But just a half of hour I saw this bird - it was the Alpine Accentor. The bird really wasn't afraid of the people, I photographed it from about 2-3 meters. In addition to Alpine Accentor I saw two White-winged Grosbeaks and two Songar Tits. My wife was lucky to see more the Three-toed Woodpecker, but I only heard it. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-12-10 | Askar Isabekov

The warm and sunny day. The Robin was not so timid as before, but my attention worried it. Robin firstly fed on the thawed grass until the Blackbird chased it. Later I saw it were pecking the seeds under the thuja and eating berries on the bush. Robin like other birds prefer to eat the berries on the sunny side of bush, probably because the berries were thawed by the sun. Some Lesser Whitethroats were feeding the berries too, others ones were pecking the birch catkins. One Whitethroat was bathing in the water droplets which were gathered on the leaves of the bush. In addition to Robin and Whitethroats I also saw Bramblings, House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Mynahs, Hooded Crows, Rooks, Magpies, Pigeons, Great Tits. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-12-04 | Askar Isabekov

I took the shot of Robin, though from afar and not good quality but I still recorded the fact of observation. Also I saw Black-throated Thrushes, both single birds and a flock. Lesser Whitethroats behaved cheerfully despite the snow and the slight frost. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-12-03 | Askar Isabekov

Overcast weather. Yesterday's snow melted away but the new snowfall began. Common birds: Hooded Crows, Rooks, Magpies, a lot of Blackbirds, Mynahs, very active Great Tits; not so many Chaffinches, Bramblings and House Sparrows. The pair of Collared Doves arrived and fed under the thuja. Also I noticed the Greenfinches. In the dark-grey sky the Crows were chasing the raptor looked like Buzzard by the silhouette. Uncommon birds: European Robin; I specially searched it, three times it flashed in my eyes, but I didn't shoot it. Lesser Whitethroats; I saw them in three places, not less than five birds. They fed like all other birds the berries and seeds of thuja. And they hid, like all other birds in the spruce-trees. [...... read more ]


Prosveschenets. Ile Alatau National Park.

2011-12-01 | Askar Isabekov

I saw the Upland Buzzard which was chasing by the Carrion Crow. [...... 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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