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Best photos of the month, January 2016.

Coal Tit | Gennadiy Dyakin | 2

Steppe Eagle | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 2

Mute Swan | Aisagali Kadirov | 2

Chukar Partridge | Alexandr Belyaev | 2

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 2

Coal Tit | Gennadiy Dyakin | 2

Eurasian Dipper | Serg Silan | 2

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 2

Goldcrest | Askar Isabekov | 1

Mistle Thrush | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

White-tailed Sea-Eagle | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Brown Accentor | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Long-tailed Tit | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

European Robin | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Sparrowhawk | Ruslan Urazaliyev | 1

Mallard | Ruslan Urazaliyev | 1

Eurasian Siskin | Ruslan Urazaliyev | 1

Hawfinch | Ruslan Urazaliyev | 1

Azure Tit | Ruslan Urazaliyev | 1

Coal Tit | Ruslan Urazaliyev | 1

Spotted Redshank | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Brambling | Yevgeny Belousov | 1

Water Rail | Malik Nukusbekov | 1

Great White Egret | Alexandr Balykin | 1

Tree Sparrow | Alexandr Balykin | 1

Hooded Crow | Alexandr Balykin | 1

Common Mynah | Alexandr Balykin | 1

Red-billed Chough | Alexandr Balykin | 1

Black-Billed Magpie | Serg Silan | 1

Common Mynah | Serg Silan | 1

Rock Pigeon | Serg Silan | 1

Hawfinch | Vladimir Vorobyov | 1

Spotted Nutcracker | Vladimir Vorobyov | 1

Black Woodpecker | Dennis Urazaliyev | 1

Hawfinch | Alexandr Katuncev | 1

Goldcrest | Alyona Koshkina | 1

Azure Tit | Yuriy Malkov | 1

Northern Wren | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Eurasian Goldfinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Ibisbill | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

White-tailed Sea-Eagle | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Red-fronted Serin | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Black-Billed Magpie | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Coal Tit | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

White-winged Grosbeak | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

White-bellied Dipper | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Brambling | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Common Buzzard | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Brown Accentor | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

European Robin | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Ibisbill | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Mew Gull | Anna Yasko | 1

Greater Flamingo | Anna Yasko | 1

Common Chaffinch | Anna Yasko | 1

Fieldfare | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 1

Long-tailed Tit | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

White-winged Grosbeak | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Water Rail | Alexandr Balykin | 1

Hen Harrier | Alexandr Katuncev | 1

European Robin | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Crimson-winged Finch | Malik Nukusbekov | 1

Eurasian Eagle-Owl | Alexandr Katuncev | 1

Snow Bunting | Yuriy Malkov | 1

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 1

Tufted Duck | Anna Yasko | 1

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Rough-legged Buzzard | Alexandr Katuncev | 1

Snow Bunting | Yuriy Malkov | 1

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

rare birds records


Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

© Gennadiy Dyakin
2020-01-18
Sorbulak, Almaty region

First record in Sorbulak during recent 10 years. Rarely observed in winter time in Sorbulak. Previously was observed at 2002, October 20 and 27 (1 male in winter plumage), and December 15 (female); at 2003, February 02 (1 female in channel); at 2004, December 12 (4 birds), December 19 (3 birds); at 2005 January 23 (1 bird); at 2010 October 24 (1 bird) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2012).


Spotted Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla severtzovi)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2020-01-11
Almaty area, Zailiysky Alatau.

First photo-record of Great Rosefinch in Ile-Alatau ridge. Previously regularly recorded in winter time in Almaty, but population was destroied in end of 90th by poachers. Recent 20 years was not observed in fact. In addition to autumn-winter records Great Rosefinches were recorded in highlands of Ili-Alatau ridge at May 5th, 1965 in altitude 2900 m (Gavrilov,1974); in first half od August, 1973 in altitude 3000 m, male (Gubin, 2002); and at March 23, 1975 in altitude 3300 m, singning male (Kovshar, et all, 1978).


White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Fedor Karpov
2019-01-20

Fisrt winter record of White-winged Tern in Kazakhstan.


Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)

© Ivan Bevza
2019-11-06

First record of Arctic Skua in South-Eastern Kazakhstan. Generally rare bird in inner part of continent. In Kazakhstan was recorded mostly in large lakes (in Caspian Sea near Atyrau and Mangyshlak, in Tengiz, in Aral Sea, in Telikol lakes, in road to Arnasai lake, in Chelkar lake), and also in Naurzum reserve and Chokpak ringing station.

unidentified birds


2020-01-25

Александр Нефёдов: Андрей, вы правы. Окраска показалась необычной: "слишком" серые голова и шея, беловатый подбородок, почти до основания чёрный клюв... Не перепроверил [....]

2020-01-24

Александр Катунцев: Черный гриф.

more unidentified birds...