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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-12-27 | Askar Isabekov

Before the dawn I came to the city administration; Peregrine Falcon was perching in the niche. At around 8:00 am the projectors illuminating the building turned off; at the same time the Rooks with Crows began to fly. Peregrine woke up but did not fly from the niche. I made the control shot for the record. At 8.15 the light was still no, I was very cold and went to the work, Peregrine was still in the niche. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Respublic squere.

2012-12-26 | Gennadiy Dyakin

Сегодня в 3 часа дня прогулялся около горакимата. Несмотря на солнечную погоду птиц почти не видно. Встретились только единственная пара черных дроздов и стайка больших синиц. Не видно не только зябликов и юрков, но и врановых - ни сорок, ни ворон, ни грачей. [...... read more ]


Republic Square. Peregrine Falcon.

2012-12-26 | Askar Isabekov

At 9 am the morning was light and snowy. Peregrine Falcon was in the niche. Perhaps it not leave the niche when the snowfall. It means that you can just wait until the end of snowfall and take photos with better light. [...... read more ]


Рыжехвостые жуланы в Оренбуржье...

2012-12-24 | Leonid Korshikov

Этих птичек мы с Сергеем Корневым нашли в 2003 году на самом юге Оренбургской области - в верховьях балки Шыбынды (Соль-Илецкий район), на самой границе с Казахстаном. Хотелось бы узнать мнение участников сайта относительно их принадлежности к таксону L. ph. karelini и/или их гибридного происхождения. [...... read more ]


Botanic garden. Almaty

2012-12-20 | Vassiliy Fedorenko

In the botanical garden birds not much too. In the main it black thrushes, most of which are sitting on hawthorn. Among them, only one Black-throated Thrush. Next in the park Black-throated Thrush more, but in general is still not much, only saw about a dozen. However, they are very shy (unlike last year). White-winged Grosbeaks as little eat barberry by one and the same are not allowed. On the way back, I met one robin in the dark bush and three Goldcrest under the pine. But Goldcrest quickly rode high in the crowns of the pines. At the exit near Tui freezing only one Brambling. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2012-12-19 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday night at around 10 pm I went to the Republic Square to look at Peregrine, just to check if it there or not. Falcon was in the niche where it stayed to night last year.Also today and yesterday, past my window the Eastern Buzzard flew by with the escort of dozen Crows. [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2012-12-16 | Askar Isabekov

Family tour to the mountains. Day was sunny in the morning, but snowy in afternoon. In the spruce I heard and watched Three-toed Woodpecker but didn’t make good photos because I careless came to the spruce. But it was impossible to do it otherwise because snow was knee-deep and the slope was arduous. Woodpecker flew out but I saw that it scraped the bark from the lower branches of the spruce. Also I watched about 20-25 White-winged Grosbeaks and 4-6 Red-rumped Rosefinches foraged in the barberry thickets, on burr, and on rowan-trees. On the mouth of the gorge I saw the large flock (about 150 birds) of the Red-fronted Serins. Other birds: 3 Carrion Crows, 1 Hooded Crow, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Area of the central stadium.

2012-12-16 | Vassiliy Fedorenko

Couple days ago near the my home I saw pack of Red-fronted Serin (maybe it was a piggy). I decided today to look for the birch in the main stadium, where is the third year in the winter flock Red-fronted Serin and Eurasian Siskin. Indeed, the finches already there. On the fertile birch hung about 10 Red-fronted Serin. Only one was adult. Birds allowed to go straight under the tree, and then went down to do the lower branches.And in the late afternoon, when the snow began to fall, the first time I saw under my window Tree Sparrows, which together with House Sparrows ate the bread. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-12-12 | Askar Isabekov

Peregrine Falcon arrived to the Square. I watched it in the same place where it rested last winter. Probably Falcon stayed because snowfall. [...... read more ]


Kimasar gorge. Ile Alatau mountains.

2012-12-08 | Askar Isabekov

Sunny and warm day. The birds were not a lot. We were surprised by Waxwings which were observed in spruce forests at altitudes up to an 2400 m, and more than likely they flew to the upper border of spruce forest. We saw four pairs of Black Vultures flying west. I guess that not all of them were the same birds. Red-fronted Serins were feeding in birch grove. Probably now they have enough food in the mountains, they will come down to the city some later. [...... 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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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (320)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (301)
3. Gubin Boris (273)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (250)
5. Yasko Anna (208)
6. Golubeva Anna (207)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (191)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (169)
9. Malkov Yuriy (158)
10. Zvyaginceva Viktoriya (157)

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unidentified birds


2018-12-11

Сергей Резниченко: Спасибо, Дмитрий.

2018-12-11

Шевцов Дмитрий: Здесь тоже белохвост по тем же признакам + светлые без контрастов голова и шея.

2018-11-30

Сергей Л. Волков: Думал я, что у хохотуньи маховые в апреле не столь сильно обтрепанные. А оказывается, бывают такие. Но при этом бывают и совсем целые. Интересно,
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2018-11-24

Анна Ясько: Так вроде камышовая овсянка, самец.

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