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Almaty, Samal.

2012-06-30 | Askar Isabekov

Male Scops Owl change its day location from chestnut tree to wild apricot near my door what means the flight chicks out of the nest occurred or are proposed. Owl didn’t pay attention to passed people but opened the eyes and fluffed one’s feathers when the cat appeared. [...... read more ]


Sorbulak, Akterek.

2012-06-23 | Askar Isabekov

On the Little Sorbulak lakes I watched Mute Swans, one Dalmatian Pelican, many Ducks unidentified in morning light, the pair of Black-bellied Sandgrouses flew to watering-place, Great Crested Grebes, Grey Herons and White Egrets. On the Big Sorbulak the birds were much more, I noticed Pintails, Wigeons, Shovelers, Gadwalls, Ruddy Shelducks, Dalmatian nad Great White Pelicans. Garganeys, Common Redshank, Black-winged Stilts, one Kentish Plover, both Common and Rosy Starlings, one Black Tern, a lot of Sand Martins, Great Crested Grebes, several Lapwings; raptors: Marsh Harrier, White-tailed Sea-Eagle, Hobby.On the way to Akterek (Bishkek highway) noticed the Lesser Grey Shrike, two Long-legged Buzzards, several Rollers. The absence of European Bee-eater and Long-tailed Shrike was surprising; the small number of the Rollers and Buzzards too. In Akterek there were a lot of Black-headed Penduline Tits; I saw also one Paradise Flycatcher and the family of Chukars. [...... read more ]


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Almaty.

2012-06-14 | Askar Isabekov

Male Scops Owl continues to sleep all day on the chestnut. Near Botanical Garden on the tree I noticed the Wood Pigeon. [...... read more ]


Big Almaty Lake.

2012-06-10 | Askar Isabekov

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Bura, Akkol, Southern Trans-Balkhash area.

2012-06-02 | Askar Isabekov

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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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