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Tonkeris, BAC, Almaty oblast.

2013-11-30 | Askar Isabekov

The silverberry groves in Ile river valley is the one of the most interesting spots for birds watching in winter time. Last winter Red-throated and Dusky Thrushes were found directly in these groves. The berries of silverberry are the main winter food for numerous of birds. This time is very warm and snow is almost absent, most of northern (or eastern) migrants not yet reached to us, because the food in northern regions are full yet. In addition the groves are very close to the city, it was the important element of our choice in weekend birding spot. Weather was mostly sunny, partially cloudy. Birds are yet not a lot, but not a bit, in my opinion there are at least one hundred Black-throated Thrushes. Thrushes as usual were noticeable but shy. I recognized by binoculars about two-three tens of Thrushes but not one of them was candidate to be Dusky, Red-throated or at least Hybrid Thrush, all Thrushes I saw were the typical Black-throated ones. Moreover, most of them had the bright black [...... read more ]


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Спасение "красношейки"

2013-11-28 | Aleksey Timoshenko

27 вечером раздался звонок... Нашли птицу, приезжайте, посмотрите?! Получилось только сегодня посмотреть птицу, к моему удивлению красношейная поганка. Птицу нашли под деревьями среди поселка. Осмотрев пичугу видимых повреждения не обнаружилось, скорее всего, поганка ударилась о провода. Красношейка , ну очень активная клюется, машет крыльями, дергает лапками на вид совсем здорова. В данное время все водоемы в регионе покрыты льдом...Ребята из Наурзумского заповедника напомнили мне о незамерзающем прудике на территории ООПТ, не замерзает из-за [...... read more ]


South Pribalhashye

2013-11-23 | Gennadiy Dyakin

Аскар уже написал про нашу поездку, в общем-то особо нечего добавить, а фото птиц я уже выложил. Вот только хотелось показать как замечательно лисичка получилась. [...... read more ]


Zhusandala.

2013-11-23 | Andrey Kovalenko

А я че, лысый что ли...? :) [...... read more ]


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Southern Trans-Balkhash area. Sorbulak-Aidarly.

2013-11-23 | Askar Isabekov

Weather is sunny but cold. There are no snow almost everywhere, it was blew by wind or melted, or more likely both. Trip to Sorbulak-Aidarly with Andrei and Gennady. First spot is Sorbulak, which we passed by eastern and northern coasts. Main target was Bean Geese. We saw about two hundreds of Geese, perhaps it is all of Geese in the lake. Geese are rather shy, they were in the eastern coast not in water probably perhaps the large waves. When we approached them they flew out not a far, for a distance about some hundreds meters. Geese just kept distance. They did it some times. And each time they flew out for a longer distance than in previous one. The most numerous birds in Sorbulak were Whooper Swans (about 200 birds) and White-tailed Sea Eagles (40 at least), also we saw Mallards, Ruddy Shelducks, different little passerines. The second spot is the desert from Bozoi to Aidarly. Here the most popular birds were Larks, we saw Sky, White-winged, Calandra, Lesser Short-toed and Crested [...... read more ]


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Urban Birding. Almaty. Lifer!

2013-11-22 | Askar Isabekov

In the noon I went to Square to watch birds because the weather was so sunny, it would be a shame to leave at home. I expected to view Warblers and hoped to find any new birds. I didn't see Barred Warbler but noticed two Lesser Whitethroats – one in dogwood, another one in thuja. No one was shot. But today I have the lifer! Rustic Bunting! I was going depart from Square but suddenly heard the short and quiet call which I never heard before today. I went to sound and noticed Rustic Bunting feeding in birch-tree together with Bramblings. [...... read more ]


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Urban Birding. Almaty. Republic Square.

2013-11-21 | Askar Isabekov

Need to go to watch birds after the snowfall because in overcast weather birds hid in some cover. Yesterday I went to watch and saw only Mynas, Crows and one Rook eating dogwood berries on the tree under the snowfall (they did not have another way because all ground is covered by snow), and also three Bramblings feeding in thuja. Close to evening the snowfall was finished, and morning was almost sunny. But weather was cold and a bit of snowy. During one hour I saw only Mynas and Crows, and one Collared Dove as significant bird. After noon weather is sunny and my next visit is shorter but more productive, I saw Bramblings, Great Tits, Blackbirds. Also I found Barred Warbler. The third snow probably will lay more long time than the first and second ones, but perhaps will melt too. But the food (berries, cones) are still a lot. No new species of birds appeared in Square, I found only Squirrel eating the cones on thuja.Near 5pm I saw Sparrowhawk in Alfarabi-Zharokova crossroad area. [...... read more ]


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Urban Birding. Almaty. Republic Square.

2013-11-19 | Askar Isabekov

I was going to visit the Square before the tomorrow's snowfall. I surprised by the small number of Bramblings, I saw about ten birds total. Again saw Sparrowhawk in Warblers' bushes. Twice saw Robins, and Little Whitethroat and Goldcrest single of each. I expected to see Peregrine but a vain. [...... read more ]


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Sorbulak

2013-11-17 | Askar Isabekov

Day is sunny, not like summer day, but warm and without snow. Trip to Sorbulak with Gennady Dyakin and Andrei Kovalenko. First spot is the dump of chicken farm where recently the Steppe Eagles gathered. Today they were here but in less number, about 15-20 (compare with about one hundred in last visit). In addition to Steppe Eagles we watched two Imperial Eagles and two Long-legged Buzzards, latter were not directly in dump but near channel.In Sorbulak birds are not so visible but much more numerous than in other spots. In water there are Ducks (Gadwalls, Ruddy Shellducks, Goosanders, Goldeneyes) and numerous Whooper Swans which are hearable from a far. Also we watched flying Cormorants, Grey Herons and Great White Egrets (Egrets are much more than Herons). Once in flock of Egrets we noticed one Pelican. Still there are a lot of Gulls, in some places coast is total white of hundreds of Gulls. On the land we saw quite a lot of little passerines feeding in high dry grass and in trees (silverberry). [...... read more ]


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Urban Birding. Almaty. Republic Square.

2013-11-16 | Askar Isabekov

In the morning before the weddings come to Square I was going to watch here birds. Now I didn't expect any new bird in Square, so my main target is to take photos of birds I watched here in recent days – Warblers. European Robin etc. I watched from 9am to 11am. I saw Robin two times, Lesser Whitethroats three times, and Barred Warbkers four times. All birds were very shy, Robins (perhaps the same bird) did not show up more than one second time, all Warblers didn't leave the bushes. Once I manually focused camera because automatic focus didn't fixed on the yellow eye. All two hours I was in the little area in the NW part of Square. There were only common birds in other parts of Square. But in spot I was I watched many Bramblings, Blackbirds, Great Tits, two Black-throated Thrushes in addition to Warblers and Robins. Sparrowhawk also noticed the concentration of the little birds. I saw it yesterday on the dogwood tree where Warblers prefer to feed. So Vassily's guess that Warblers are killed [...... 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 (304)
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


2018-12-15

Шевцов Дмитрий: Однозначно варакушка, и хвост ее виден и передник уже начал образовываться на груди.

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.

2018-11-21

Николай Балацкий: Лесной конёк, а точнее - Гималайский конёк A.haringtoni.

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