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Про голоса птиц

2017-02-25 | Askar Isabekov

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Tracks on snow

2017-02-23 | Askar Isabekov

Today I found the tracks on snow in the park. First the illegible tracks of someone with short legs, then they disappeared and then the tracks of wings - three tracks, each next is less clear than previous.My guess: recent years in this place the different small rodents and insectivorous inhabited: moles, shrews, may be voles. I think some of its came out on the snow and was captured by Sparrowhawk. I think by Sparrowhawk, due to the small wingspan - about 45 cm.I confused by the large size of tracks for underground inhabitants. Size is more suitable for Squirrel. But Squirrel can not come out of nowhere, but the tracks suddenly appeared and just as suddenly disappeared. [...... read more ]

Sorbulak. Start of spring migration.

2017-02-19 | Askar Isabekov

Sunday was surprisingly cold and snowy. But I and Oleg Belyalov anyway went to Sorbulak. Firstly we visited Little Sorbulak. On the road over Karaoi village we noticed birds were feeding on the hay putting on snow. Most of birds were Corn Buntings and Feral Pigeons, but also Crested larks, one Black-throated Thrush, Mynas, Collared Doves were there; nearby we saw Grey-headed Goldfinches too. The next spot is dump of Sorbulak. Due to frost the road to dump was more or less good, but some times we rounded the water by the snowy steppe. In the dump as we expected we saw much of Corvids, Rock Doves, and several tens of White-tailed Sea-Eagles. Among the latters we noticed two Steppe Eagles too. Two closest to mouth of channel bays of the first reservoir of Little Sorbulak are open. But the rest of reservoir is still ice-covered. But in open water we saw Swans (both Mute and Whooper) and Ducks (Mallards, Pintails, Common Pochards, Gosadners). On the road to gateway we saw three Fieldfares and [...... read more ]

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Незаурядный день!

2017-02-15 | Alexandr Balykin

Так вот! После того как отвез утром дочь в детский сад решил проехать мимо вчерашних мест с интересной встречей свирестелей, а вдруг не улетели, вдруг кормятся на каком-нибудь кусте шиповника где-то рядом, (крутилось в голове пока поднимался по проспекту Аль-Фараби, и вот проехав мимо места встречи заметил очищенный от плодов куст, доехал до Мустафина и свернул направо в сторону КазГАСА и только перевел взгляд на противоположную сторону дороги, а тааамм!!!! на тротуаре несколько птиц собирают шиповник, после разворота впечатлений добавила встреча [...... read more ]


2017-02-05 | Gennadiy Dyakin

На выходные ездили купаться на горячие источники за Чунджой. Пока ехали туда удивлялся, что большую часть дороги не встретилось ни одного хищника. Но это было до Чилика. А вот потом появились и разные канюки, и 2 пустельги встретились. И я понял почему: до Чилика земля была покрыта сплошным снежным покровом, а вот дальше уже только пятна снега, а потом и вообще снега не стало. На обратном пути 5 февраля стал считать канюков, и на участке между горячими источниками и мостом через Чарын (это около 60 км) насчитал 18 канюков. Не всех их удалось разглядеть [...... read more ]

rare birds records

Pallas's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus)

© Sean Minns
Prorva area, Atyrau Oblast

Pallas's Sea-Eagle is rare summer visitor in Kazakhstan. Mostly recorded in eastern part of country. In western Kazakhstan in former times it was recorded in Mangyshlak, relatevely recent record is only observation of two birds in Urda forest in the end of June, 1990. So this record is first for western part of Kazakhstan in recent 30 years.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

© Natali Kim
Eastern Kazakhstan

First record of breeding Peregrine Falcon in high-rise building in large city. Before 1950-60-s Peregrine Falcon was regular breeding bird in cities of Europe, but desapeared after using pesticides by human. In XXI centure Peregrine Falcon became to appeare in large cities, there are articles about nesting in Irkutsk, Ufa, Moscow. But in Kazakhstan this is first record ever.

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)

© Svetlana Baskakova

First photorecord in birds.kz

White's Thrush (Zoothera dauma)

© Alexey Timoshenko
Uly-Zhylanshyk riv., Kostanay reg.

Second record of White's Thrush in Kustanai oblast. At September 03, 1938 one bird was observed in Naurzum reserve.

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unidentified birds


Александр Нефёдов: "чёрные невольники"?


Сергей Л. Волков: Озерные чайки, молодые.


Сергей Л. Волков: Я сейчас в республике Коми, и насмотрелся на чернозобых дроздов. Передник у здешних птиц отличатся от краснозобыз только цветом, такой же [....]


Андрей Коваленко: Думаю, что шахин все же.

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