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Birding Tours in Kazakhstan

Birds of Mountains and Deserts (May 01 - May 11, 2020)

Day 1. Arrival. White-headed Duck, Dalmatian Pelican, White-tailed Sea-Eagle
Day 2. Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Greater Sand Plover, Brown-necked Raven
Day 3. Steppe Grey Shrike, Azure Tit, Red-headed Bunting, Syke's Warbler
Day 4. Yellow-eyed Pigeon, White-winged Woodpecker, Saxaul Sparrow
Day 5. Golden Eagle, Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Lesser Kestrel
Day 6. Mongolian Finch, Crimson-winged Finch, Pallas's Sandgrouse
Day 7. Himalayan Vulture, Pine Bunting, Rock Bunting
Day 8. Moving to highlands. Indian Orilole, White-crowned Penduline Tit
Day 9. Hodgson's Rosefinch, Guldenstadt's Redstart, Lammergeier
Day 10. Himalayan Rubythroat, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Red-mantled Rosefinch
Day 11. Departure.

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Pander's Ground Jay tour (April 18 - April 28, 2020)

Day 1. Rufous-naped Tit, White-capped Bunting, Yellow-breasted Tit
Day 2. Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Long-legged Buzzard, Eastern Rock Nuthatch
Days 3-4. White-tailed Lapwing, Pygmy Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Ferruginous Duc
Days 5-6. Pander's Ground Jay, Desert Finch, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Finsch's Wheatear
Day 7. Eurasian Crag Martin, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Golden Eagle
Day 8. Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Oriental Sky Lark, Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Day 9. White-crowned Penduline Tit, Indian Golden Oriole, Black Stork
Day 10. Blue Whistling Thrush, Brown Dipper
Day 11. Departure from Almaty.

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50 species of mountain birds (June 20 - June 30, 2020)

Day 1. Golden Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Mongolian Finch, Crimson-winged Finch
Day 2. Himalayan Vulture, Meadow Bunting, Rock Bunting
Day 3. Moving to highlands. Indian Orilole, White-crowned Penduline Tit
Day 4. Hodgson's Rosefinch, Guldenstadt's Redstart, Lammergeier
Day 5. Himalayan Rubythroat, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Red-mantled Rosefinch
Day 6. Moving to Western Tien Shan. White Stork, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Day 7. Egyptian Vulture, Long-legged Buzzrad, Eastern Rock Nuthatch
Day 8. Black-breasted Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Blue Whistling Thrush
Day 9. Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Raven
Day 10. Golden Eagle, Upcher's Warbler
Day 11. Moving to Almaty. Departure.
During 10 days we will watch 50 species of special mountain birds

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Individual birding tours

Some birdwatchers prefer to watch birds not in large group but individually. This way allows to pay attention to special species, and means apportunity to customise the itinerary. We offer the tours for 1-2 customers at the reasonable cost. Our customers are mostly middle-age (40-60 years) birdwatchers who prefer to take photos of birds.

You can suggest the points of itinerary basing to special species or to habitats. Please look to main habitats and species of birds which you can watch in these habitats.

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One-day birding tours in all seasons

Almaty. Tien Shan highlands, deserts of Balkhash area, Sorbulak lakes are the all year-round birding spots around Almaty.

Astana. Steppe area, fresh and salty lakes in Korgalzhyn vicinity are the birding spots in Astana area. The watching to special steppe birds is a good choice to weekend in Astana.

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Big Year 2019

rare birds records


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Aleksey Koshkin
2019-05-06
Korgalzhin

Third record in Central Kazakhstan, first spring record, two previous observations were in time of autumn migration: in Kulanotpes river at September 29th 1960 (Krivitsky et al, 1985), and in Kurgaldzhino village at October 05, 2017 (A.Fedulin, www.birds.kz).


Little Gull (Larus minutus)

© Askar Isabekov
2019-10-12
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.

Rare bird in SE Kazakhstan. Group of 2 adult and 3 juvenile birds was observed. Fifth record in Sorbulak since 2003. Previously also observed only in autumn migration: August 9, 2003 (1 adult), October 27, 2006 (1), November 6 2004 (2) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2013); and October 5, 2014 (birds.kz).


Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)

© Askar Isabekov
2019-10-10
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.

Third record for Sorbulak. Previously was observed at June 5, 2011 (2 birds) (Belyalov, Karpov, 2013), and June 21, 2014 (birds.kz).


Arctic Loon (Gavia arctica)

© Askar Isabekov
2019-10-10
Sorbulak. Almaty oblast.

Second record for Sorbulak. Dirst one was at Nay 17, 2002 (Kovshar AF, 2002).