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Tajistan. Tavildara.

2008-05-31 | Askar Isabekov

I tripped to Tavildara only for very beautiful lake placed in this region. Before and some after Fiazabad the road crossed plain and foothills. Birds were Red-headed Buntings, Tree Sparrows, Eurasian Bee-eaters, Long-tailed Shrikes. There were colonies of Indian Sparrows on the clay falls. In Faizabad I saw some Hoopoes. Beginning from Obigarm the road is very windly, asphalt comes to end. Further (I think to the finish) lane like road passes on the rocks. Rare villages (kishlaks) like hang on the bluffs. On the rocks near Ragun I saw Pied Wheaters. On the same place on the dry rocks twice I saw Blue Rock Thrushes. Near the little grove on the slope I stopped to rest and here saw White-capped Bunting. Above the river two Long-legged Buzzards roamed. Sometimes Buzzards sat to the dry tree and very beauty flew out from one. In the grove except White-capped Buntings also Common Nightingales and Lesser Whitethroats sang. Wood Pigeon and Golden Oriole flew by. For a moment I saw bird. I didn't [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2008-05-29 | Askar Isabekov

Today in the city center I met one European Turtle Dove. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Khatlon oblast, Chilu Chor Chashma.

2008-05-25 | Askar Isabekov

Chilu Chor Chashma places on the south of Tajikistan about 25 kilometers from the border of Afghanistan. In translate from Tadjik “Chilu Chor Chashma” means forty four springs. These springs look up sacred, there is mausoleum of the holy man on the chalkstone hill. Earlier public came to this place to think of desire and to appreciate the sanctity of the place. Now the place looks like entertainment place. There are a lot of cafes, boys bathe in the sacred waters. There are no birds on this loud place. But the road was interesting. Path from Dushanbe (about 180 km) crosses the mountains and river's valleys. Mostly the road passes between Vakhsh and Kafirnigan rivers. From Dushanbe to Kurgan-Tube there is grass in the mountains slopes. Birds were Rollers, Indian Sparrows, Mynahs, Red-headed Buntings. It's only visible from the car birds. Raptors were one Long-legged Buzzard and one sitting on the pole Cinereous Vulture. Further road continued during Vakhsh river. Landscape is mountain [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2008-05-19 | Askar Isabekov

Near my office to the old dry plane tree the Shikra sat. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

© Sergei Shmygalev
2020-09-05

Fifth record in Kazakhstan. The first two refer to Sorbulak: July 16, 2009 (Kovalenko, Dyakin 2009) and December 7, 2013 (Belyalov, Fedorenko 2014); another bird was observed in December 2014 - January 2015 in the vicinity of Taldykorgan (Belyaev, Berezovikov 2015); On July 10, 2019, one bird was found by A. Putilin in the Kostanaynay region on the territory of the Alty Sai eco park (see www.birds.kz).


Eurasian Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium passerinum)

© Konstantin Andrussenko
2020-11-19
Eastern Kazakhstan, Ridder

A very rare resident bird. On the website birds.kz this is only the third photographic record of the species.


Zarudny's Sparrow (Passer zarudnyi)

© Svetlana Baskakova
2020-10-25
Kyzylorda oblast, Kyzylkum desert.

A new species for the fauna of Kazakhstan. The Passer simplex zarudnyi lives in the Karakum Desert and the southern part of the Kyzylkum Desert (Stepanyan 1990). This is the first find in the northern part of Kyzylkum!


Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris erythropygia)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2020-10-23
VKO Katon-Karagay

This is the first record of the Prunella collaris erythropygia in the kazakh part of Altai, where it was only supposed to be found (Gavrilov 1999).

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unidentified birds


2020-11-29

Александр Катунцев: теньковка.

2020-11-22

Алексей Тимошенко: А.В.Кошкину:как пример могу привести мои наблюдения этой осенью, просматривая тысячи фотографий белолобых гусей заметил, что в разных выводках [....]

2020-11-18

Алексей Кошкин: Вроде чернозобик по размеру и клюву. Но если и не перелинял, то темный и не видно пестрых кроющих крыла.

2020-11-17

Сергей Силантьев: тоже на удаление

more unidentified birds...