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Republic Square.

2010-09-26 | Askar Isabekov

Common Whitethroats. Museum. Lesser Whitethroats, Blackbirds, Hume's Warbler. [...... read more ]


Republic Square.

2010-09-22 | Askar Isabekov

Common Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Stonechats (5 birds). [...... read more ]


Republic Square.

2010-09-21 | Askar Isabekov

Evening. Habitual Common Whitethroats anf Hume's Warblers. Stonechats appeared, but I didn't watch males but saw two females. On oak crown Sparrowhawk perched. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-20 | Askar Isabekov

Evening promenade to the Republic Square. I saw only Leaf Warblers - one Chiffchaff hidden in Roses and some Hume's Warblers. Mynahs in city looks like powdered, probably they are molting. Blackbirds also have bald heads, probably they are molting too. [...... read more ]


Trip to Shelek.

2010-09-18 | Askar Isabekov

Rainy and murky day. Over Kulja I turned to the road closed to foothills. I saw Oriental Turtle Doves, Wood Pigeons, two Kites, several times little birds flying as Tits flew about the road but identify these birds was impossible by reason of permanently rain and murky weather. Many Masked Wagtails. In Kyzylsharyk near pooll there were one Green Sandpiper and two Mallard Ducks. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-17 | Askar Isabekov

I saw Hobby run by Crow, twice saw Hume's Warblers, once Chiffchaff and once Bluethroat. I watched neither Nightjars nor Whitethroats. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Boraldai.

2010-09-15 | Askar Isabekov

Rollers, one Turkestan Shrike, flock of Common Starlings. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-14 | Askar Isabekov

Lesser Whitethroats, Common Whitethroat and Booted Warblers. Warblers were in numbers less than recently, and also Warblers were shyer in my opinion, probably on account of many people. Also I shot Ortolan Bunting and saw one Grey Wagtail on fountains. [...... read more ]


Ucharal - Sarkand

2010-09-08 | Askar Isabekov

Ucharal. In morning sunset I saw and heard Isabelline Wheatear and saw flying by Hobbies in twilights. Near Ucharal there were much of Rooks and Jackdaws, some Kites and two flying off Great Cormorants. In roadside thickets during Dzhungar Alatau from Kabanbai until Sarkand I watched much Magpies, Wood Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, sometimes Kites, three times female Harriers (not Pallid, probably Montegu's or Hen). [...... read more ]


Zaisan, Tarbagatai.

2010-09-07 | Askar Isabekov

Ak Mektep. In morning twilight I saw flying Owl (probably Short-eared Owl). On the back way I saw same birds as I saw in yesterday's evening. Even same hybrid Crow. But Steppe Eagles were much more, from Ak Mektep till turning to Ayaguz I countered 11 Steppe Eagles including group of three birds near crushed fox. All eagles were juveniles or subadults. In addition to Eagles I saw Kites (5 birds), Long-legged Buzzards (I countered 8 birds and stop count, Buzzards were very variable from almost white to very dark), about five Pallid Harriers, some Kestrels. On asphalt there were a lot of Short-toed Larks, White, Yellow and Masked Wagtails. In canes I noted pair of Great Cormorants and probably yesterday's White Egret. Also saw unidentified Ducks and one adult male of Pallid Harrier. On gasoline station near Aksuat turning I saw a lot of Swallows, White Wagtails, Common Starlings (which I confused with Mynahs) and female Redstart.I want to say about Quail specially. About four years ago I [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)

© Andrey Shatalov
2021-06-12

First found nesting in the Kostanay region. Eurasian Wryneck breeds in Ural valley (in south to Budarino village), Ilek valley, on Kokchetav upland, in Irtysh valley, on Southwest Altai and Southern Altai. (Gavrilov 1999). For the Naurzum Nature Reserve, it is listed as a rare migrant (Bragin 2017). It is worth noting that before that, the Eurasian Wryneck was photographed in the summer period in the Kostanay region near the village of Nadezhdinka on July 10, 2015 (Yuri Malkov, birds.kz).


Bearded Tit (Panurus biarmicus)

© Andrei Kuryashkin
2020-05-14
Semey

The first finding of nesting Bearded Tits in the Semipalatinsk Irtysh region. In the east of Kazakhstan, the closest nesting area is the Zaysan depression. // Куряшкин А.Н. 2020. Усатая синица Panurus biarmicus – новый гнездящийся вид Семипалатинского Прииртышья // Рус. орнитол. журн. 29 (1974): 4283-4287.


Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2021-06-09
VKO Katon-Karagay

A rare vagrant species for Kazakhstan. First photo for birds.kz.


Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2021-05-07

The first photo Clangula hyemalis from the south of Kazakhstan on birds.kz. In general, a rare record. The last known finds date back to the 20th century.

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2021-06-18

Алексей Кошкин: Избалованный автофокусом на открытых берегах озер и степи, мне не хватает опыта снимать мелочевку среди ветвей. Выставляю наиболее удачные [....]

2021-06-17

Сергей Силантьев: А вот этой, бровь длинная.

2021-06-17

Артем Андрющенко: Действительно, похожа на особь из примера.Но так не похожа сама на себя:)

2021-06-17

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