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Birding trip - Day 2

2014-05-24 | Albert Meek

We got up at 5:30 in the morning, although the sun was already shining it still felt quite early for the Dutch friends, who were still jet-lagged. However once outside everybody was ready for a day birding in the wonderful Kanshengel desert. Beside the more common desert birds, the goal for the day was to find Macqueen's Bustard and Caspian plover. We started the day driving together to a place where we hoped to find Macqueen’s Bustard. With the sun and temperatures rising we had wonderful light and got out of the car on the top of a hill where we had a great view of our surroundings. We did see plenty of Greater Short-toed Larks, brown-necked ravens were flying by and the distance we saw a Montegu’s Harrier. Unfortunately no sign of Macqueen’s Bustards. After scanning the area for about 90 minutes we decided to head back to our base for breakfast. On the way back we did see sandgrouses near the well, it turned out to be 5 Pallas’s Sandgrouses, which let us approach pretty close [...... read more ]


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Birding trip May 2014 - Day 1

2014-05-23 | Albert Meek

This trip report is about the birding/nature trip by Marnix ter Beek (loves nature in general), Rene Meek (loves big birds, snow leopard, and nature) and Albert Meek (birds, dragonflies, butterflies and nature in general) from The Netherlands, together with our Kazakh friends Madina Dyussebayeva (who organized the tip), Askar Isabekov and Vassiliy Fedorenko (best guides and friends we could wish during this trip). Albert’s wife is from Kazakhstan and has visited Kazakhstan many times before, had been birding with Askar and Madina before on few day trips .After arriving to Almaty in the middle of the night we were welcomed by Albert's in-laws where we had a short rest at their place. In the morning we did a Almaty city trip in less than 2 hours visiting the green Bazaar and Park Panfilov. After we prepared our luggage and camera's and went off to the agreed place to meet with our Kazakh friends. When we arrived our friends were already waiting and after some introductions we packed all [...... 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


2018-12-16

Владимир Казенас: Спасибо большое за варакушку. Никак не ожидал.

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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