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Tajikistan. Vahdat region, Romit gorge.

2007-10-28 | Askar Isabekov

My first trip to the nature, to Romit gorge. The gorge is about 30 km from Dushanbe. Having missed by the nature I often asked to stop the car. On pastures near the road I has seen a female of Hen Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard and Crested Larks. Buzzard easy sat on a cable column and almost did not pay attention to the people worked on field and to Rooks from time to time tried to attack it. But Buzzard didn't ignore me, bird flew to the next column. Crested Larks are absolutely hardly noticeable on autumn fields. But I was a lucky, the pair of birds has landed near to me.Romit gorge is wide and really very beautiful. There is a large river named Kafirnigan in the gorge. The road goes upwards not so abruptly, but the rocks sharply come nearer and become more and more abruptly. The vegetation is a poor, small trees of a hawthorn, sometimes a walnut, a little of grass and bushes. A little of vegetation and a little of birds. In the beginning of gorge I spied only two highly hovering Eurasian [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Dushanbe. Komsomol lake.

2007-10-24 | Askar Isabekov

I list birds which I saw in Tajikistan till today: common birds are Mynahs, Laughing Doves, Tree Sparrows, Rock Pigeons are met near the rivers, Blackbirds, sometimes Eurasian Collared Doves and House Sparrows are visible in a city. I was without city not so often but saw someone interesting birds. I saw Long-tailed Shrikes, Rollers, Black Kites, Little Ringed Plovers, Red-rumped Swallows, Golden Orioles, one Black-crowned Night Heron and one Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. Also near Komsomol lake I twice saw Kingfisher and once White-capped Redstart. Today resting on the lake Mallards and several White Wagtails are added to the list. [...... read more ]


Almaty. The Republic Square.

2007-10-20 | Askar Isabekov

Here the Indian Summer also has ended. Today has sharply become cold and the rain has gone. For photographing of birds weather not the best. Birds a little, Rooks, Hooded Crows and Magpies, Great Tits are appreciable. Surprisingly, but Lesser Whitethroats till now have not departed. On a thuja large (20-30 birds) flight of Greenfinches was fed. Under a fur-tree the lonely Blackbird hid. A bird of day is the male of the Sparrowhawk. The hawk probably was very hungry because at all has not paid to me attention when I photographed it. It was possible not only photograph, but also to make video of Sparrowhawk's meal. [...... read more ]


Almaty. The Republic Square.

2007-10-14 | Askar Isabekov

The first, that has seen is the flock of Great Cormorants in the sky over the square. Cormorants flied to the east, most likely, to Issyk Kul. Flights flying over Almaty are rare events, I saw today Cormorants over a city for the first time. In birches has noticed several Hume's Warblers, Great Tits. Few times saw female of the Sparrowhawk promptly flying by among branches. Has found it already after a dinner. Sparrowhawk rested among dense branches. [...... read more ]


Almaty. The Republic Square.

2007-10-13 | Askar Isabekov

I came to Square too early. In the beginning there were not birds absolutely. Then I have noticed any stir in branches. I have looked carefully and have seen arrived Chaffinches. But here Lesser Whitethroats have not departed yet and have jumped among fur-tree branches too. Not only Chaffinches have arrived, but also Hooded Crows and Rooks. A lonely Greenfinch, Great Tits are audible, but are not visible. The Sparrowhawk and the Magpie arranged strange games, chased one after another, not clear who is for whom. Whether the Sparrowhawk tried to catch the Magpie, whether Magpie simply teased Sparrowhawk. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov
2021-03-01
Aktau

The first reliable record of the Great Black-backed Gull on the territory of Kazakhstan. There are indications of finds of this gull in the Caspian Sea between the mouths of the Volga and the Urals, as well as near Omsk (Dolgushin 1962). Vagrant are known to the Makhachkala region (Tatarinkova 1970).


Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

© Askar Isabekov
2021-02-28
Uzunagach, Almaty oblast.

A rare vagrant species for Kazakhstan. On February 27 and 28, two birds kept in the thickets of silverberries near the village of Uzynagash (43 km west of Almaty). This is the sixth record of the Dusky Thrush for Kazakhstan. Records of this species are known for the Syrdarya, near the village of Dzhulek (October 16, 1927), near Almaty (February 16, 2013), as well as Ust-Kamenogorsk (October 14 and 16, 2016), Kurgaldzhino (May 7, 2020).


Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)

© Alexey Timoshenko
2021-01-17
Karamendy vill., Kostanay reg.

The first record of this species in more than half a century on the territory of the Naurzum reserve.


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
2021-01-09
Almaty, Aitykov str.

The first record of Pygmy Cormorant in Almaty in general and, in particular, during the winter. The expansion of the Pygmy Cormorant to the northeast concerns not only the probable nesting area, but also the wintering grounds. The nearest winter finds are Sorbulak and Taldykorgan (winter 2017-18, one bird each). In this connection, it is worth noting a significant number of birds in the Almaty (40) and Sorbulak (20) records this winter.

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unidentified birds


2021-02-22

Андрей Баздырев: Вульпинусы очень разнообразны по окраске - от тёмно-бурых до рыжих и рыжевато-буроватых. И да, некоторые варианты очень похожи на восточного, [....]

2021-02-12

Михаил Невский: мне тоже кажется, что это восточный канюк.

2021-02-04

Алексей Кошкин: У Свенсона длинноклювый чернозобик-C.a.alpina, здесь на сайте длинноклювый 39 мм (фото нет)-C.a.centralis, с меньшим клювом 37 мм - C.a. alpina. Может опять в галерее [....]

2021-01-22

Владимир Муравский: Не сильно обнадёжили, хочется всё-таки какой-то определённости, ну или консенсуса хотя бы :)

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