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Sorbulak. White-headed Duck.

2012-07-28 | Askar Isabekov

Trip with Gennady Dyakin and Andrei Kovalenko. The main event of a trip to Sorbulak was the watching of White-headed Ducks. Andrei guesses the nesting of this Ducks on one of the overgrown with reeds lakes of Sorbulak system. We watched several white-headed adult males (two of whom were still with blue bills), and about 20 juvenile Ducks which were quite non-timid but even curious. Juvenile Ducks not hid from us but circling between cane islands floated us closer and closer, therefore we made as good photos as it was possible. Ducks floated together with different ages Black-necked Grebes which were at least two dozen birds. In addition to White-headed Ducks need to note the large flocks of Great White Pelicans, rare Curlew Sandpipers still with parts of old rusty feathers, even more rare Sanderlings, and Ruddy Turnstones. [...... read more ]


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Kimasar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2012-07-22 | Askar Isabekov

On river’s cascades I observed the Blue Whistling Thrush , but in spruce forest the Songar Tit. [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2012-07-15 | Askar Isabekov

The weather at the bottom of the gorge was sunny but Furmanovka peak all day was in the clouds, so almost total of our climbing was in the fog and accordingly in the cold and damp. In after-dinner time the wind dispersed the clouds; the sun came out and the air immediately warmed up. At first only Nutcrackers were visible (Kimasar is the place where Nutcrackers are guaranteed observed in Almaty vicinity). At the foot of Furmanovka I watched soaring and rolling Ravens, and the flock (10-15 birds) of loud screaming Red Crossbills in the spruce forest. At Furmanovka in the fog I watched the somewhat Brown Accentors and Tree Pipits, the Wren (which I always notice at the same little spruce-tree), the pair of White-winged Grosbeaks, and family of Stoats. Pipits and Accentors were bringing the insects to somewhere over the rock. Also two Red-billed Choughs flew back and forth in the fog. After fog dispersion I noticed Carrion Crows, Golden Eagle, and the flock of Snowcocks. I hurried down to [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Samal.

2012-07-09 | Askar Isabekov

Fledgling Scops Owl all day perched in the crown of chestnut-tree near my door. [...... read more ]


Summer house. Karasai region, Almaty oblast.

2012-07-08 | Askar Isabekov

The mass raids of Rosy Starlings to summer houses began. In roadside elm thickets I noticed the singing Golden Oriole. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Samal.

2012-07-07 | Askar Isabekov

At night I saw fledgling Scops Owl fed by the adult male. [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile-Alatau National park.

2012-07-06 | Askar Isabekov

In the bottom inhabited part of gorge I ran into the Blue Whistling Thrush what means the lucky day. But I didn’t see other birds excepting several Common Rosefinches and one Mistle Thrush. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

© Anna Yasko
2017-11-01
Aktau, Mangystau region

The first record on Mangyshlak. The nearest known record points are located too much to east: Karatau ridge (Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; Chalikova, Kolbintsev, 2005) and the foothills of Talas Alatau (Belousov, www.birds.kz).


Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-10-28
VKO Katon-Karagay

The easternmost record in Kazakhstan. During migration Blackcap mostly occurs in Western Kazakhstan. For a long time the easternmost record was the observation in Borovoe (Shtegman, 1934). In Kurgaldzhino birds were recorded both in spring and autumn migration (Koshkin, 2017). In Russia this species distributes in east up to Tomsk and Kemerovo oblast (Ryabitsev, 2014; Vasilchenko, 2004). In China first Blackcap was recorded in 2012 in Kashi (Guo H., Ma M., 2013), also birds were later observed at November 21st and December 29th of 2013 (www.xinjiang.birds.watch). Probably the occurring of Blackcaps so far to east relates to the new wintering spots of the eastern populations of this species.

Васильченко А.А. «Птицы Кемеровской области». Кемерово: Кузбассвузиздат, 2004-488 с. Гаврилов Э.И. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.
Рябицев В.К. "Птицы Сибири". Москва-Екатеринбург, Изд-во "Кабинетный ученый", 2014. Guo H., Ma M. Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)-a new bird record in China [Chinese]. Zoological Research, 2013, Oct. 34(5). P. 507-508


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2017-10-15
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak

Rare migrant in Almaty oblast, and first record for Altyn-Emel National Park.


Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2017-10-15
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak

Rare birds in South-Eastern Kazakhstan, and first record for "Alty-Emel" National Park.

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (261)
3. Boris Gubin (200)
4. Anna Yasko (197)
5. Gennadiy Dyakin (195)
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unidentified birds


2017-11-20

Ясько Анна: На одной голове не стоит зацикливаться. Остальной окрас (спины, крыльев) не вполне соответствует даже молодому ремезу. Еще не совсем понятно,
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2017-11-17

Сергей Л. Волков: Наверное, все-таки красношейная поганочка. Странновато выглядит, но ведь другому-то больше некому быть.

2017-11-15

Алексей Кошкин: Да, белошапочная абберативная больше подходит.

2017-11-01

Анна Ясько: Вроде бы полевой жаворонок. Пестрины на груди, ТМ не покрывают кончики видимых ПМ.

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