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The Batareika river gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-31 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw one male Common Rosefinch, pair of Oriental Turtle Doves, one Mistle Thrush and flock of 4 Nutcrackers. Other Nutcrackers several times shouted in flight, but each time hid in the spruce or pine trees. [...... read more ]


Prokhodnoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-28 | Askar Isabekov

The weather was overcast, and rainy. One Black Kite flew quite a low in the gorge. In the bushes and in the tall grass there were a lot of juvenile Great Tits and Grey Wagtails. These birds today were very appreciable. Also I saw two Brown Dippers. There were quite many Blue Whistling Thrushes. During the river at distance about one kilometer I saw 5 or 6 Whistling Thrushes. Blue Whistling Thrushes foraged between the large stones. [...... read more ]


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Ozernoe and Prokhodnoe gorges. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-23 | Askar Isabekov

In Ozernoe gorge I saw two soaring Black Kites, one Kestrel, several Grey-headed Goldfinches, one Common Rosefinch. In Prokhodnoe gorge above the Alma-Arasan I observed only two Brown Dippers. [...... read more ]


Ozernoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-20 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw the low soaring Lammergeier again. The bird didn't pay attention to the people which were quite a close to the bird. The Lammergeier carefully explored the slopes of the gorge. In addition to Lammergeier two Black Kites soared in the sky. Also I saw Kestrel, male Common Rosefinch and juvenile Brown Dipper. [...... read more ]


Degeres. Almaty oblast.

2009-07-18 | Askar Isabekov

After more the one month period without special birding trips I with Raufael Bairashev made the birding tour to Degeres. In the colony of Rosy Starlings there was the noise which I didn't wait. I thought that Rosy Starlings already started the autumn wanderings. But we saw that many juvenile birds couldn't make it. The large part of juveniles still needs the parental support. These short-tailed young birds hid between large rocks, in the bushes and from time to time were shown and asked the food. The parents of these young birds flew all around in the searching of the food. The juveniles which could self forging flew together with adult birds. The second popular today's bird was Lesser Grey Shrike. Shrikes fed juveniles too. The Demoiselle Cranes flew to the lake. There were two Grey Herons on the lake too. The interesting observation: the Black Stork flew out to the west. It was my second observation of the Black Stork in Degeres. Probably Storks nest in the local rocks. Also I saw three [...... read more ]


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Batareika river. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-15 | Askar Isabekov

I saw one quite a low soaring Golden Eagle and some later two Blue Whistling Thrushes in two different places. [...... read more ]


Talgar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-14 | Askar Isabekov

Saw one Blue Whistling Thrush. [...... read more ]


Prokhodnoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-11 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip to Alma-Arasan. The interesting observations were two Common Buzzards and Blue Whistling Thrush. I saw Brown Dipper and Grey Wagtails too. Also today I was in the next gorge (unfortunately without photo camera) where I saw soaring Lammergeier, Azure Tits and White-bellied Dipper. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


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.


Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

© Askar Isabekov
2020-12-22
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First winter record for Sorbulak (-10 ° С). Before that, the latest sighting at Sorbulak was on November 24, 2006 (3 birds, Belyalov, Karpov, 2013). Twice the wintering of Pied Avocet were recorded on Shardara (7 birds on January 14, 2018 and 35 birds on January 11, 2020, B. M. Gubin, S. Baskakova, A. Isabekov).

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unidentified birds


2021-03-02

Аскар Исабеков: какой красавец! судя по дате и канючиному облику предложу версию korelovi/refectus. Была еще версия осоеда, но клюв крупноват.

2021-03-02

Сергей Л. Волков: Дата верная?

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.

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