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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


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


2020-12-04

Аскар Исабеков: это восточный канюк.

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.

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