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Best photos of the month, December 2018.

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Oleg Belyalov | 12

Bohemian Waxwing | Askar Isabekov | 11

Ural Owl | Vladimir Vorobyov | 11

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Oleg Belyalov | 11

Great Rosefinch | Askar Isabekov | 10

Water Rail | Anna Yasko | 10

Red-fronted Serin | Askar Isabekov | 9

Brandt's Rosefinch | Askar Isabekov | 9

White-Backed Woodpecker | Askar Isabekov | 9

Great Rosefinch | Askar Isabekov | 9

Goosander | Viktor Kolesnikov | 9

Long-eared Owl | Anna Yasko | 9

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Askar Isabekov | 8

European Greenfinch | Askar Isabekov | 8

Eurasian Nuthatch | Askar Isabekov | 8

Northern Black Grouse | Askar Isabekov | 8

Brandt's Rosefinch | Oleg Belyalov | 8

Eurasian Siskin | Viktor Kolesnikov | 8

Eurasian Blackbird | Boris Gubin | 8

Eurasian Dipper | Natali Kim | 8

Ural Owl | Vladimir Vorobyov | 8

Asian Rosy-Finch | Alexandr Belyaev | 8

Great Rosefinch | Askar Isabekov | 8

White-tailed Sea-Eagle | Askar Isabekov | 7

Meadow Bunting | Askar Isabekov | 7

Mistle Thrush | Askar Isabekov | 7

Grey Partridge | Gennadiy Dyakin | 7

Tree Sparrow | Viktor Kolesnikov | 7

Great Rosefinch | Vladimir Vorobyov | 7

Eastern Rock Nuthatch | Alexandr Belyaev | 7

Common Treecreeper | Alexandr Belyaev | 7

Great Rosefinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 7

Eurasian Nuthatch | Alexandr Belyaev | 7

Willow Tit | Alexandr Belyaev | 7

Mute Swan | Anna Yasko | 7

Long-tailed Rosefinch | Andrei Kuryashkin | 7

Red-mantled Rosefinch | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 7

Grey-headed Goldfinch | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 7

Willow Tit | Viktor Grishenkov | 7

Eurasian Dipper | Viktor Grishenkov | 7

Common Chaffinch | Askar Isabekov | 6

Crested Lark | Askar Isabekov | 6

Mistle Thrush | Askar Isabekov | 6

Eurasian Siskin | Askar Isabekov | 6

Upland Buzzard | Askar Isabekov | 6

Grey Partridge | Askar Isabekov | 6

Upland Buzzard | Askar Isabekov | 6

Meadow Bunting | Askar Isabekov | 6

Saker Falcon | Askar Isabekov | 6

Grey-headed Goldfinch | Askar Isabekov | 6

Whooper Swan | Gennadiy Dyakin | 6

Goosander | Viktor Kolesnikov | 6

Long-tailed Rosefinch | Natali Kim | 6

Common Goldeneye | Natali Kim | 6

White-Backed Woodpecker | Vladimir Vorobyov | 6

Eurasian Siskin | Alexandr Belyaev | 6

White-Backed Woodpecker | Alexandr Belyaev | 6

Spotted Nutcracker | Alexandr Belyaev | 6

Willow Ptarmigan | Alexandr Belyaev | 6

Long-eared Owl | Alexandr Belyaev | 6

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker | Viktor Grishenkov | 6

Goosander | Marina Merz | 6

European Robin | Askar Isabekov | 5

Tree Sparrow | Askar Isabekov | 5

White-tailed Sea-Eagle | Askar Isabekov | 5

Hen Harrier | Askar Isabekov | 5

Red-fronted Serin | Askar Isabekov | 5

Eurasian Goldfinch | Askar Isabekov | 5

Upland Buzzard | Askar Isabekov | 5

Azure Tit | Askar Isabekov | 5

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Askar Isabekov | 5

Mistle Thrush | Askar Isabekov | 5

Long-eared Owl | Askar Isabekov | 5

Grey Partridge | Askar Isabekov | 5

Grey Partridge | Askar Isabekov | 5

Rough-legged Buzzard | Askar Isabekov | 5

Eurasian Goldfinch | Askar Isabekov | 5

Brambling | Boris Gubin | 5

White-tailed Sea-Eagle | Natali Kim | 5

Northern Pintail | Natali Kim | 5

Eurasian Jay | Serg Silan | 5

Great Grey Shrike | Vladimir Vorobyov | 5

Snowy Owl | Yuriy Malkov | 5

Eurasian Siskin | Yuriy Malkov | 5

Northern Bullfinch | Yuriy Malkov | 5

Common Redpoll | Yuriy Malkov | 5

Eurasian Siskin | Yuriy Malkov | 5

European Robin | Alexandr Belyaev | 5

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 5

Bearded Tit | Alexandr Belyaev | 5

Ibisbill | Alexandr Belyaev | 5

Chukar Partridge | Alexandr Belyaev | 5

Yellowhammer | Alexandr Belyaev | 5

Grey Partridge | Alexandr Belyaev | 5

Mallard | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 5

Red-mantled Rosefinch | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 5

Red-fronted Serin | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 5

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Viktor Grishenkov | 5

Rock Pigeon | Marina Merz | 5

White-Backed Woodpecker | Askar Isabekov | 5

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Askar Isabekov | 5

Red-breasted Rosefinch | Alexandr Belyaev | 5

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


2020-01-23

Дмитрий Шевцов: Да, только арчовый.

2020-01-21

Марина Гудимова: Нашла еще кадры. Тут лучше видно птичку.

more unidentified birds...