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found 19 new species for Kazakhstan


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total species: 12
total photos: 19
total videos: 0
total blogposts: 0

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1. Little Egret (2009-09-07)
2. Citrine Wagtail (2012-04-24)
3. White Wagtail (2012-04-24)
4. Hoopoe (2012-04-26)
5. Eurasian Redstart (2012-04-26)
6. Red-Necked Grebe (2012-08-20)
7. Isabelline Wheatear (2012-08-26)
8. Common Kestrel (2012-08-29)
9. Eurasian Collared Dove (2012-08-29)
10. European Bee-eater (2012-08-29)
11. Bohemian Waxwing (2012-11-15)
12. Short-eared Owl (2013-02-02)

recent uploads

2013-05-04. Isabelline Wheatear, Eurasian Redstart.

2013-05-03. Bohemian Waxwing, Short-eared Owl, White Wagtail, Northern Citrine Wagtail, Hoopoe, Red-Necked Grebe, Common Kestrel, Eurasian Collared Dove, European Bee-eater.

2011-12-22. Little Egret, Little Egret, Little Egret.

recent comments

2013-12-02. to photo # 00570001202 (Common Kestrel)

Gubin: Это обыкновенная пустельга с черными когтями

2013-05-04. to photo # 00570001102 (Red-Necked Grebe)

Isabekov Askar: Red-Necked Grebe

2013-05-04. to photo # 00570001301 (Eurasian Collared Dove)

Isabekov Askar: Collared Dove

2013-05-04. to photo # 00570000701 (White Wagtail)

Исабеков Аскар: White Wagtail

2013-05-04. to photo # 00570001401 (European Bee-eater)

Исабеков Аскар: Eaurasian Bee-eater

2013-05-04. to photo # 00570001501 (Isabelline Wheatear)

Isabekov Askar: Isabelline Wheatear

2013-05-04. to photo # 00570001601 (Eurasian Redstart)

Isabekov Askar: Common Redstart

2013-05-04. to photo # 00570000502 (Short-eared Owl)

Best Nigel: Thanks ASkar, I was on an ice breaking vessel carrying out a seal survey when I saw the Owl. It was not frightened at all by the vessel. I think it must live on the Offshore islands that Agip/NCPOC have nearby. I have posted other photos but am not [....]

2013-05-03. to photo # 00570000502 (Short-eared Owl)

Isabekov Askar: Nigel, it's Short-eared Owl (note black over the eyes. Very intersting photo!

rare birds records

White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

Rare record of White-winged Grosbeak in Altai. Previously observed at February 7 1978 and November 29 1981 (Berezovikov et al, 1992; Berezovikov, 1989). Sergei Starikov recognizes White-winged Grosbeak as resident of upper Bukhtarma river, in altitude 2200 m he observed territorial behavior of couple (Starikov, 2006).

Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus)

© Andrey Kovalenko

First winter record of Blue-capped Redstart in Kazakhstan. Normally it appears in mid-March, Closest spring record in birds.kz was at March 2nd (20 days gap).

Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla)

© Malik Nukusbekov
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

First photo record in Kyrgyz Alatau. First Great Rosefinch in upper of Merke gorge was recorded by Fedor Karpov at November 24, 1985 (adult male in juniper belt, KOB-2007, p. 268); in same gorge in altitude about 2400 m at June 03, 2003 one male was recorded in juniper bush by S.Annenkova and V.Ashby (KOB-2003, p.91).

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)

© Askar Isabekov
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First record in Sorbulak, and generally in southern part of Kazakhstan. First winter record.

more rarities...

recent video

2020-02-23. Northern Bullfinch (Andrei Kuryashkin).

2020-02-18. Long-tailed Rosefinch (Andrei Kuryashkin).

2020-02-14. Common Redpoll (Andrei Kuryashkin).

2020-01-22. Great White Egret (Viktoriya Zvyaginceva).

2020-01-20. Himalayan Snowcock (Pavel Petrovskiy), Northern Lapwing (Pavel Petrovskiy).

2020-01-04. Guldenstadt's Redstart (Viktoriya Zvyaginceva).

2019-12-29. Grey-Headed Woodpecker (Natali Kim).

2019-12-17. Crested Lark (Aldiyar Saparbayev).

2019-11-30. Bohemian Waxwing (Viktoriya Zvyaginceva).

2019-11-23. White-tailed Sea-Eagle (Natali Kim).

2019-11-09. Great White Egret (Natali Kim).

2019-11-06. Ural Owl (Andrei Kuryashkin).

2019-11-02. Grey Heron (Natali Kim).

2019-10-31. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Natali Kim).

more video...

unidentified birds


Андрей Коваленко: Белохвост.


Аскар Исабеков: красное пятно на бугорке клюва указывает на ББГЧ (исключает сизую), на маховых большое белое пятно есть только на крайнем, что указывает на [....]


Канатбек Кенжегулов: Спасибо Олег


Актан Мухашов: Ассалаумгалейкум, Рахмет!


Актан Мухашов: Колдын койы.

more unidentified birds...