Nigel Best

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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!

Big Year 2018

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1. Isabekov Askar (304)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (284)
3. Gubin Boris (253)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (239)
5. Golubeva Anna (207)
6. Yasko Anna (198)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (177)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (166)
9. Malkov Yuriy (149)
10. Nukusbekov Malik (148)


rare birds records

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
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

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Steve Klasan

The second record for Tengiz-Korgalzhyn area. Before this record one bird was observed at December 12, 1969 in floodland of Nura river.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.

Amur (White) Wagtail (Motacilla (alba) leucopsis)

© Sveta Ashby

Fist record of Amur Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis) in Kazakhstan. Most of systematics treat this taxon as subspecies of White Wagtail (Mac Kinnon&Phillips, 2000; Степанян, 2003; Roberts, 2006; Brazil, 2014; Clements, 2016; HBW, 2016) but include it to special group of eastern races. Breeding range of this bird contains Far East Russia, Korea peninsula, SW Japan, central and eastern China. Winters in Southern Asia eastward to Northern India. Records of vagrant birds known in Vitim Reserve (Russia, Northern Trans-Baikal area) at April 29, 2014 (S.L.Volkov, and in Eastern Mongolia (Gombobaatar & Monks, 2011). From November 27 to December 2 of 2015 one male was observed in Finland (Kujala, Päijät-Häme), it's third record in Western Palearctic.

Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.

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recent video

2018-09-17. Azure Tit (Viktor Grishenkov).

2018-08-10. Barn Swallow (Anna Yasko), Lesser Whitethroat (Anna Yasko).

2018-08-04. Caspian Gull (Anna Yasko).

2018-06-21. Little Bittern (Anna Yasko).

2018-05-29. Common Nightingale (Andrei Kuryashkin), Bluethroat (Andrei Kuryashkin).

2018-05-27. Common Nightingale (Viktoriya Zvyaginceva).

2018-05-24. Sanderling (Anna Yasko), Common Cuckoo (Anna Yasko), Black-eared Wheatear (Anna Yasko).

2018-05-22. Sky Lark (Yuriy Malkov).

2018-04-13. Calandra Lark (Anna Yasko).

2018-04-07. Hoopoe (Anna Yasko).

2018-03-19. Great Crested Grebe (Anna Yasko).

more video...

unidentified birds


Сергей Л. Волков: Что случилось с птицей, скажите, пожалуйста.


Анна Ясько: Здесь тоже, молодая золотистая щурка.


Анна Ясько: Здравствуйте, Марина. Это дрозд белобровик. Расскажите, что случилось с птицей?


Шевцов Дмитрий: Видимо степняк, белая полоса по низу крыла, маховые выглядят темнее кроющих.


Аскар Исабеков: разделил

more unidentified birds...