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Tajikistan. Hoja Obigarm.

2008-07-27 | Askar Isabekov

At the river I saw Spotted Flycatchers, Grey and Masked Wagtails. All birds feed up juveniles. From time to time Wagtails flew out and started to flew by pairs. Adult Flycatchers were more active that juveniles ones. Juvenile Flycatchers are very light and behaved passively, mostly sat on stones. Adults ones behaved as usually but sat not on branches but on stones. Here at small river adult Pied Wheater fed up juvenile one. In rocks Rock Nuthatches occurred. These birds always active and now fed up juveniles too. Today I saw Nuthatch hollowed the stone by the beak. In gorge on a nut tree I saw one Wood Pigeon. As soon as sun rise Red-rumped Swallows and European Bee-eaters appeared. Some later soaring dark morph Long-legged Buzzard appeared. When Buzzard flew up to the slope another one (probably juvenile bird) flew up towards it. Received food juvenile sat down to the rock but adult Buzzard departed. I discerned the sitting bird by the binocular. Buzzard was very dark almost black color. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Vakhsh river. From Nurek to Baipaza.

2008-07-26 | Askar Isabekov

Vakhsh river from Nurek to Baipaza spreads widely. There is not valley of the river but along the coast it's a lot of greenery. The landscape is rocks. At the Nurek in a gulf I saw two Coots. On wires Laughing Doves, one European Turtle Dove, Rollers sat. Further birds were a much, but the number of species was very limited. I saw three Pied Wheaters, three Rock Nuthatches, about six Spotted Flycatchers, but mostly I saw only European Bee-eaters. At last I well beheld and even photographed Paradise Flycatcher. A bird wasn't very wild. Nearby children amassed brushwood but Flycatcher almost did not pay to them attention. But on shouts of children the bird flew on the next tree. As well as common Spotted Flycatcher Paradise one preferred to keep to the bottom branches. [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Khovaling, Baljuvon.

2008-07-20 | Askar Isabekov

Trip on two regions of Khatlon oblast to the waterfall. Road to the south from Dushenbe mostly passes by the asphalt. But birds on the “asphalt” places weren't visible. Beginning from Vose road turns from the main way and crosses foothills and rivers watercourses. Nearby Vose a lot of Rollers (both bright adult and dim juveniles) on the wires. The Roller probably is main bird of this place. Other birds were two European and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Crested Larks. Near the little river I saw two Pied Bushchats, one Little Ringed Plover and one Common Sandpiper. Over Khovaling on the clay hills there were a lot of Barn Swallows, sometimes I saw Rollers. Twice I saw Great Grey Shrikes. Main raptor bird is Egyptian Vulture, during two days I saw more than ten birds. Once I saw in one place three roamed Vultures and once one dark juvenile Vulture. And once only I saw Egyptian Vulture sitting on the stones, all other birds roamed in the sky. Except Egyptian Vultures I saw only several Black [...... read more ]


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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...