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Best photos of the month, April 2019.

Brown-necked Raven | Andrey Kovalenko | 20

Jack Snipe | Andrey Kovalenko | 19

Little Bustard | Askar Isabekov | 17

Northern Hawk Owl | Gennadiy Dyakin | 17

Wood Pigeon | Askar Isabekov | 16

Great White Egret | Marina Merz | 16

Blue Whistling Thrush | Askar Isabekov | 15

Caspian Plover | Andrey Kovalenko | 15

Eurasian Eagle-Owl | Andrey Kovalenko | 15

Northern Hawk Owl | Andrey Kovalenko | 15

Eurasian Eagle-Owl | Gennadiy Dyakin | 15

Jack Snipe | Oleg Belyalov | 15

Caspian Plover | Gennadiy Dyakin | 14

Dalmatian Pelican | Gennadiy Dyakin | 14

Dalmatian Pelican | Natali Kim | 14

Dalmatian Pelican | Natali Kim | 14

Little Bustard | Askar Isabekov | 14

Montagu's Harrier | Askar Isabekov | 13

Common Snipe | Andrey Kovalenko | 13

Jack Snipe | Andrey Kovalenko | 13

Black Stork | Gennadiy Dyakin | 13

Osprey | Malik Nukusbekov | 13

Rock Sparrow | Marina Gudimova | 13

Desert Finch | Askar Isabekov | 12

Paddyfield Warbler | Askar Isabekov | 12

Brown-necked Raven | Gennadiy Dyakin | 12

Bluethroat | Oleg Belyalov | 12

Eurasian Nuthatch | Natali Kim | 12

Black-Necked Grebe | Natali Kim | 12

Kentish Plover | Anna Yasko | 12

Blue Whistling Thrush | Askar Isabekov | 12

Black-Bellied Sandgrouse | Gennadiy Dyakin | 11

White-Backed Woodpecker | Natali Kim | 11

Azure Tit | Natali Kim | 11

Lesser Kestrel | Alexandr Belyaev | 11

Green Sandpiper | Anna Yasko | 11

Common Oystercatcher | Konstantin Andrussenko | 11

Peregrine Falcon | Konstantin Andrussenko | 11

Baraba Steppe Gull | Marina Merz | 11

Azure Tit | Marina Merz | 11

White-winged Lark | Askar Isabekov | 10

Citrine Wagtail | Askar Isabekov | 10

Greater Sand Plover | Andrey Kovalenko | 10

Black-throated Accentor | Andrey Kovalenko | 10

Lesser Kestrel | Gennadiy Dyakin | 10

Northern Black Grouse | Gennadiy Dyakin | 10

Northern Hawk Owl | Gennadiy Dyakin | 10

Common Chaffinch | Viktor Kolesnikov | 10

Red-breasted Flycatcher | Boris Gubin | 10

Song Thrush | Natali Kim | 10

Common Kestrel | Natali Kim | 10

Little Ringed Plover | Anna Yasko | 10

Turkestan Shrike | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

Pied Wheatear | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

Calandra Lark | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

Eurasian Curlew | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

White-winged Lark | Gennadiy Dyakin | 9

Isabelline Wheatear | Gennadiy Dyakin | 9

Corn Bunting | Gennadiy Dyakin | 9

Blue Whistling Thrush | Gennadiy Dyakin | 9

Great Cormorant | Natali Kim | 9

Bohemian Waxwing | Yuriy Malkov | 9

Wood Warbler | Anna Yasko | 9

Common Stonechat | Anna Yasko | 9

Azure Tit | Marina Merz | 9

Jack Snipe | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

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...