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Urban Birding. Déjà vu.

2016-09-29 | Askar Isabekov

Today I was going to visit Republic Square and thought about juvenile Red-backed Shrike was photographed on the bush near fir-tree almost one month ago. Since I made first photos of this bird I visited Square some times and all the time the Shrike perched on the same bush. Last time I was here three day ago with Sasha Katuntsev and Shrike was on its post. But in my opinion Shrike must leave the Square before the rains, I thought it could not stay in one spot so long. But I was wrong; Shrike was on its post. I took some photos and go. When I approached to the spot where we photographed Nightjar I see the same bird on same place. Déjà vu. I took photos of Nightjar and was tried to remember what other birds I saw that day. I saw Quail. When I was watching Nightjar the Rat expels the Quail from the green fence. Quail didn’t fly away but hid under the next tree. I hoped the Quail stay under tree some time, but bird was scared and fly away in time when saw me. Hard to hope to shoot the Quail [...... read more ]


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Assy, Almaty reguon

2016-09-25 | Gennadiy Dyakin

25 сентября в 8 часов выехали на Ассы. В составе группы я, Санжар, Губин Б.М. и Алена (гостья из Риги, бердвочингом до этого не занималась, поехала просто посмотреть красоты наших гор).Погода целый день была облачная, иногда пасмурно, во 2-й половине дня даже дождик капал. На плато довольно прохладно, особенно в сочетании с крепким ветром.Поднимались по Тургенскому ущелью. Кроме законной оплаты за въезд в нацпарк, выше с нас сняли еще 2 тыс., как это у нас нередко бывает. От ущелья по птицам особых ожиданий не было, поэтому нигде не останавливались. Разве [...... read more ]


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БАО-Космостанция 19-20 сентября 2016

2016-09-23 | Svetlana Baskakova

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Kimasar. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2016-09-21 | Askar Isabekov

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Миграция кеклиов.

2016-09-21 | Malik Nukusbekov

Сегодня после обеда сосед прибежал что на нашем дворе бегает стая из боле сорока кекликов. Пока я взял фотоаппарат и пошел туда они убегали в огород и дальше уже вышли в поле сторону гор Боралдайтау. С толком сфотографировать не удалась, они улетели.Это уже трети случай в моем наблюдений, что кеклики перекочевали через нашего села. Хорошо помню осеню 2007 году кеклики также перелетали через село Ертай.Я одного не могу понять, они летят от куда и куда....? Как я знаю кеклик птица не перелетная, они мигрирует или кочует.По горам Боралайтау последние [...... read more ]


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Big Almaty Lake

2016-09-14 | Askar Isabekov

Non birding trip to Big Almaty Lake. I watched birds only a little time. After yesterday rain I waited the snow in mountains but it was absent. Very warm autumn this year in mountains. Birds were a bit. Black-throated Accentors and Stonechats run in the juniper thickets. Hobbies learned juveniles to hunt. The most important record was the Ibisbill flew above the lake from one side to another. [...... read more ]


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Urban Birding. Almaty.

2016-09-12 | Askar Isabekov

Two days I watched birds in Republic Square together with Sanzhar Abdikhalyk. Now is migration time, the perfect time to watch birds. All the birds are expected and common, but perhaps it is good as the meeting with old friends. The Nightjar Day (20th Spetember) is not far and I carefully explored the branches of larch-trees in high-part of Square, but Nightjar waited me on the ground near juniper bush. Nightjar twice close moved from one point to another but in third time I lost it. I understood that scared Nightjar could fly far but unlikely not out of Square area. So I began to carefully observe all of trees and meadows. After about half of hour I came back to start point and noticed Nightjar flying into the space between bushes. I began to explore the birch-tree grove again and noted Nightjar on the branch of birch-tree. Nice, because when I see Nightjar before it see me I can approach close to the distance of good photo. But if Nightjar sees you first, more likely you have no photo [...... read more ]


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New service on site

2016-09-08 | Askar Isabekov

Dear friends. Please check the new service of the site. Now you can go the pages of Photoseries directly from the map on the page of the Gallery of the species (subspecies). You need only click to marker, then click to the link in the opened window with the name of place of the photo shooting.Attention! The icon of the marker (blue bird) was taken from the Internet. If there are willing to offer its own design, please send png-file (size approximately 40x40px, mask) to email info@birds.kz. Since we plan to show on the map not only positions of photoseries but also positions of the watching sites please send the marker's design in different colors, or different design. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov
2021-03-01
Aktau

The first reliable record of the Great Black-backed Gull on the territory of Kazakhstan. There are indications of finds of this gull in the Caspian Sea between the mouths of the Volga and the Urals, as well as near Omsk (Dolgushin 1962). Vagrant are known to the Makhachkala region (Tatarinkova 1970).


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.

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unidentified birds


2021-03-07

Алексей Кошкин: Какой-то башковитый канюк.

2021-03-07

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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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