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What you can see in the city right now?

2017-03-28 | Askar Isabekov

One or one and half hour is the time need to urban birding. Two days I had birding in Dendropark and in Republic Square in Almaty. Now you can meet familiar (often) or unfamiliar birdwatchers in the urban birding spots. In 26th of March in Dendropark (aka President's Park) I met Gennady and Elena Dyakins, we together had some birding. Black-headed Gull was surprise for us, but Pied and Northern Weatears, and Pheasant were predictable but nice records. Bramblings and Chaffinches are yet in park. Magpies are building the nests. Next day I visited Republic Square. At first birds were invisible. Only Isabelline Shrike didn't hide. But when I carefully observed bushes and under the spruce trees I find other birds. I again saw Bramblings-Chaffinches, common Great Tits, Blackbirds and also season guests – Black-throated Accentors and Eversmann's Redstart. Soon, probably after several weeks the urban birding will become very interesting. But some of today records (for example Gull) is interesting [...... read more ]


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Sorbulak

2017-03-25 | Askar Isabekov

The last day before the rainy week me and Sanzhar Abdikhalyk uded to go to Sorbulak. The main target of trip is migrating birds. The first stopping we made over the Karaoi village, where he little finches were singing the songs in roadside thickets. I thing we saw more the one hundred Bramblings, Chaffinches, Grey-headed Goldfinches, Linnets. Further we watched these birds many times and numerous in single trees.In the water of Little Sorbulak there are a lot of Ducks and Coots, in the second reservoir we counted 3-4 thousands of water birds concentrated in the center of reservoir. In the gulf of first reservoir we watched hundreds of Cormorants in breeding plumage. In other spots we saw the breeding games of Great Crested Grebes. Of shorebirds we saw only Little Ringed Plovers which are in flocks yet. The Wagtails were a lot (Masked, White, Cintrines Wagtails), also we saw Water Pipits and Shrikes. In spite of prohibition of hunting we permanently heard the sounds of shots. When we [...... read more ]


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Taldykurgan. Day 2.

2017-03-23 | Askar Isabekov

Second day almost duplicated the first one. In morning we visited ponds, then went to Karatal. The morning ground is frozen, we easy go by all of roads and trails. In the ponds we watched the same list of birds but I saw the Water Rail in additional. Also I shortly noticed the Rail-sized bird with rounded wings looked like little Bittern in colour, I have no any guess appropriated for season and locations. Probably if we had more time for observation of ponds we can to take photo of Rail (we tried but unsuccessfully) and can to watch the daily start of migration. But we didn't have much of free time and we went to Karatal but to the spot located higher than yesterday one. Here was very nice, weather was very sunny and some windy. We again watched Black Stork, Great White Egrets. Eversmann's and Guldenstadt's Redstarts. Also we watched the migration of Eagles and Kites. I was feeling sure that I can just stay in one point and watch a lot of birds which be appeared from all of sides. [...... read more ]


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Kyzylkum, 3-rd day.

2017-03-22 | Gennadiy Dyakin

Озеро Шошкаколь. Утром фоновые звуки - гогот гусей. И никаких выстрелов! В предыдущие годы просыпались здесь под ружейную канонаду, но в этом году в Казахстане весеннюю охоту запретили. Позже одинокие выстрелы слышали, но совсем уж редкие. Гусей видели по несколько стай серых и белолобых. А уток насчитали 14 видов. Довольно много лебедей, все только шипуны. Цапли большая белая, серая и рыжая. Малой к сожалению не видели. Пара зимородков. Из тростника вылетела выпь. До этого ее видел единственный раз в Кургальджино. Трясогузок белых и маскированных [...... read more ]


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Taldykurgan, Migration of birds of prey.

2017-03-22 | Askar Isabekov

We started about 6.30 am. Road was very good, we didn't make stopping, from the car window we saw Larks in Chengeldy, Starlings near Saryozek, and Long-legged Buzzards and Kestrels almost everywhere. In Taldykurgan we have a lunch and immediately went to ponds. Only ponds near the pipe are free from ice, the rest ones are ice-covered. More likely most of water in vicinity is ice covered because in open water there are a lot of different ducks. Alexander said we will looking for Baikal Teal and Falcated Duck, and I in all seriousness tried to find them both in ponds and further in photos. Of course I didn.t find them but I had faith, that means I will find them sooner or later. Ducks we watched: Garganeys, Gadwalls, Common Teals, Shovellers, Mallards, Pintails, Wigeons, Common Pochards, Red-crested Pochards, Tafted Ducks, Ferruginous Ducks, Ruddy Shellducks, all ducks are very beauty in breeding plumage. Ducks of course flushed but after some circles landed to water. I took photos mostly [...... read more ]


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Kyzylkum, day 2-nd

2017-03-21 | Gennadiy Dyakin

Утром порадовала саксаульная сойка – подлетела к лагерю посмотреть что за странные существа расположились в ее владениях. А вот погодой были разочарованы. Стало еще более пасмурно. Решили подождать, может распогодится. Но солнце поднялось уже высоко (хотя с трудом просматривалось сквозь плотную дымку), а все еще было темно. Улучшить вчерашние снимки при ISO 3200 надежды не было. Тем не менее пошел прогуляться по окрестностям. Соек больше так и не увидел. И скотоцерок было не слышно, хотя вечером они были очень активны. Потеряв надежду на улучшение [...... read more ]


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First Shrikes, first Chiffchaff.

2017-03-21 | Askar Isabekov

Urban birding with Alexander Belyaev. As Alexander come from Taldykurgan especially for White-browed Tit-Warbler we started in Dendropark. Because Alexander has experience in birdwatching, he found Tit-Warbler himself not paying attention to a lot of people in park. In addition to Tit-Warblers we saw numerous Eversmann's Redstarts, Mallard, Goldcrests and other common birds too. One flying in eastern direction Steppe Eagle was surprise for us. List of birds in Dendropark.After noon we went to Sairan. We didn't find Blue Whistling Thrush again but watched the first in this spring Chiffchaff and two Shrikes – one Isabelline and one Turkestan Shrikes. Of course we saw many Masked Wagtails and Eversmann's Redstarts. List of birds in Sairan.Summary: in the higher part of the city we watched only birds of wintering species + wandering to mountain Eversmann's Redstart. But in lower part of city we saw mostly spring migrants. Snow in higher part, but almost green in lower one. However, the lower [...... read more ]


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Happy Nowruz Day!

2017-03-21 | Askar Isabekov

The Day of Spring Equinox is the start of the next Life Cycle, the Joy of the end of the winter and the Hope for a new life. Novruz means New Day in Persian language. I wish everyone something new for each of us coming with the New Day! Because new is always better than old. [...... read more ]


Kyzylkum, day 1-st.

2017-03-20 | Gennadiy Dyakin

Давно мечтал сфотографировать саксаульную сойку. В Узбекистане в Каракумах видел ее номинативный подвид, но из окна туристического автобуса. Два раза ездил в Прибалхашье на поиски илийского подвида. Первый раз безуспешно, а в прошлом году удалось два раза увидеть, но вот сфотографировать к сожалению не получилось. Ну раз илийская не далась, друзья говорили в Кызылкумах с ней проще. Поэтому решил воспользоваться длинными выходными на Наурыз и попытаться поискать ее там. А заодно надеялся вдруг и скотоцерку удастся снять. Фактически это 2 целевых [...... read more ]


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Urban Birding. Eversmann's Redstarts and other birds.

2017-03-20 | Askar Isabekov

After two day snowfall all around became white. In first day after snowfall the pitiable birds were tring to find food in the open asphalt roads but unsuccessfully. Today snow is melt and birds feel relied. Morning was cold and overcast, but I went to Sairan because my new friend Francesc Cuscó watched there the Blue Whistling Thrush. I didn't find Whistling Thrush but watched the first in city Masked Wagtails, and also Eversmann's Redstarts and flock of Water Pipits. Probably later in the wet sands of Sairan be possible to watch migrating shorebirds too.In Dendropark I was close to midday time, mostly I wanted to find White-browed Tit-Warblers. I found the couple feeding in spruce-trees, thujas and in open grass under the spruce-trees. In addition to Tit-Warblers I saw one Red-mantled Rosefinch, Magpies building nests, flock of Bramblings, and Eversmann's Redstarts. Latter is bird of the day because I saw everywhere the significant number of them. During the watching day I saw about [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

© Anna Yasko
2017-05-08
Saura, Mangystau

Редкая встреча для Мангышлака. Известно всего несколько наблюдений в Фетисово: одна птица 3 мая 2005 г.; пение самцов слышали 11 и 23 мая в 2005 и 2006 гг.; одна птица кормилась у живой изгороди 15-17 мая 2012 г. (Губин, 2015).
Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак//Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Книга 1. Алматы 2015. С. 22-149.


White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucura)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2017-05-13
Kanshengel, Almaty area.

Редкий залётный вид в Семиречье. Ближайшие места, где известно гнездование - низовья р. Чу, западнее этой встречи километров на 500. Давно, птиц встречали в низовьях р. Или – 24 июня 1933 г. в ур. Миялы и 21 июня 1942 г. на оз. Аккуль (Слудский, 1953; Долгушин, 1962). В последнее десятилетие отмечены дважды: 1. в урочище Карачингиль (низовья р. Тургень) молодую птицу видели 21 и 23 июля 2006 г. (Бевза, 2011); 2. на Сорбулаке сфотографирована 27 июля 2013 г.(Г. Дякин, А. Фокина, www.birds.kz).


Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)

© Anna Yasko
2017-05-09
Aktau, Mangystau

Редкая встреча для Мангышлака. До этого известны встречи 1-2 июня 1888 г. в районе горы Шеркала и родников Акмыш, 6 мая 1947 в окрестностях г. Форт-Шевченко, 7 мая 1964 в ур. Данга и 17 мая 2009 близ впадины Каунды.


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Gennadiy Dyakin
2017-04-23
Sorbulak, Almaty region

Четвертая встреча вида для Семиречья и третья для Сорбулакской системы озер.

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (219)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (176)
3. Anna Yasko (159)
4. Gennadiy Dyakin (135)
5. Alexandr Katuncev (128)
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unidentified birds


2017-05-22

Сергей Силантьев: Горная чечетка??

2017-05-22

Александр Катунцев: Яркие особи попадаются ,но как написано в описании ,отличает от других коньков в любом наряде белая бровь и белое пятно на кроющем уха .

2017-05-18

Сергей Л. Волков: Тоже думаю, хохотуньи. Очень светлые в этом наряде и длинноногие.

2017-05-10

Владимир Воробьёв: Спасибо Анна,Федор.Нашел в архивах еще одну аномальную птицу.Если не определяются то пожалуйста удалите.

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