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Birding Tours in Kazakhstan

Birds of Mountains and Deserts (May 14 - May 24, 2019)

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, Meadow 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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Birds of Silk Road (June 1 - June 11, 2019)

Day 1. Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Inidan Golden Oeiole, Shikra
Day 2. Egyptian Vulture, Long-legged Buzzrad, Eastern Rock Nuthatch
Day 3. Demoiselle Crane, Little Bustard, Collared Pratincole
Day 4. Golden Eagle, White-throated Robin, Upcher's Warbler
Day 5. Desert Wheatear, Chukar Partridge, Eurasian Eagle-Owl
Day 6. Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Raven
Day 7. Great White Pelican, Oriental Lark, Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Day 8. Pygmy Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Ferruginous Duck
Day 9-10. Black-breasted Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Blue Whistling Thrush
Day 11. Moving to Almaty. Departure.

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50 species of mountain birds (June 20 - June 30, 2019)

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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rare birds records


Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Anna Yasko
2019-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau region

The second record of the Woodchat Shrike in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded on May 3, 2015, also in Aktau (Mangistau).


Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)

© Yuriy Malkov
2019-04-24
karabalik

Rare passage migrant. One bird was observed in flock of the Greater White-fronted Gooses.


Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2019-04-24

The second record of the Spanish Sparrow in the region. One female kept in a flock of the Tree Sparrow. Before one male was observed on the south coast of Tengiz on July 27, 2000 (Koshkin, 2017). This is still the most northern records of vagrant birds of this species.


Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Anna Yasko
2019-02-18
Aktau, Mangystau region

Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsuls. In the middle of the last century Red-breasted Goose was common migrant in coast of Mangyshlak (Gubin, 2015), due wintering place was in Southern Caspian Sea. Then wintering places moved to Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, in that regard the migration path changed.

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015.

Полевой определитель гусеобразных птиц России / ред.-сост. Е. Е. Сыроечковский. - Москва: Рабочая группа по гусеобразным Северной Евразии: Всероссийский научно-исследовательский ин-т охраны природы, 2011