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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-02-29 | Askar Isabekov

Magpies and Pigeons picked up the twigs to nests. Also I saw the singing Blackbirds and Great Tits. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-02-26 | Askar Isabekov

Some days ago I watched female White-winged Grosbeak but today I saw the flock (five male and one female). I thought that birds stayed overnight in the next spruce-trees. The second day I went to the City Hall at 8 am hoping to watch the Peregrine Falcon, but didn't see it. More likely Falcon flew out at sunrise. But I am sure that Falcon stayed overnight in the niche of building because I twice saw it here at night, and the asphalt under this niche is strong dirtied. [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2012-02-23 | Askar Isabekov

The day was cloudy and snowy in afternoon. I again watched the same Alpine Accentor which I saw in last year December. I'm sure it's the same bird because unlikely there is another absolutely trustful bird. I noticed Accentor when it explored the snow under the spruce-trees for food, and didn't find anything it flew off to the distant spruce-tree. I waited when the other people go out and put the wheat on the compacted snow. Accentor came back about ten minutes later, and actively pecking the wheat for 30-40 minutes. I photographed it so close that sometimes it did not fit into the frame. When I fast moved the Accentor flew off but then making a circle returned to the same location or flew into the lower branches of the next spruce-tree. All the time while I was sitting under the spruce and was shooting the Accentor, about one dozen Magpies were waiting me. And when I departed the Magpies immediately came flying to search the food remains, but found nothing were also peck the wheat. When [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-02-14 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday evening I watched the perched in the niche of City Hall Peregrine Falcon which probably was going to stay to night. Today I tried to find it but didn't find. But I found quite a large flock (about 20-25 birds) of the White-winged Grosbeaks. It was surprised that Grosbeaks ate the acacia seeds. Earlier I didn't see Grosbeaks feeding the acacia seeds. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Republic Square.

2012-02-12 | Askar Isabekov

I watched feeding on the birch-tree the little (5-6 birds) flock of Red-fronted Serins, one male White-winged Grosbeak, Peregrine Falcon on the building of City Hall. Falcon caught the victim (probably Pigeon) and parted it on the niche of the building. I didn't make any good quality photos because the weather was very cold and misty. Probably Falcon hunted in the vicinity of City Hall because there was the mist and the Peregrine's high fly was meaningless. [...... 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


2019-04-21

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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2019-04-17

Вадим Ивушкин: Этот по маховым точно малый.

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