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birdwatching blogs


2020-11-28 | Askar Isabekov

Trip to Sorbualk. Yesterday weather forecast promised rain and snow of 94% probability, but nobody paniced. Gennady explained his calm by the words that here never be a long time rain, even it will be present just only during two hours. In real the forecast was true, but rain and snow were only during one and half hours. The weather in morning was cold (-2C), then it became warmer all day. Sky of course was cloudy, but after the snowfall sky was slightly opened, and the sunset was very nice. All day was windy, therefore Sorbulak was heavy stormed. In the way we discussed the wish-list, but it was short due the season, with the Gulls in the top, probably because my Caspian 'lifers' depended to it. Gulls were our first birds in Sorbulak, along the first dam there was a flock of about one and half hundreds birds, which I firstly considered as a Mew Gull due the rounded heads and short bills. But they was not Mew Gulls but one of the former 'argentatus' group, but definitly not Caspian Gulls [...... read more ]

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2020-11-21 | Natali Kim

На привычном месте, где жители каждый год в зимнее время подкармливают уток, прилетели три красавца! Держатся уже пару дней, их с удовольствием все кормят! Пара домашних гусей окольцованы, белый вроде нет. [...... read more ]

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Мангышлак. 4-12 ноября.

2020-11-12 | Askar Isabekov

4 ноября. Лечу на Мангышлак. В самолете в очередной раз посмотрел «Большой год», все-таки отличный фильм. Здорово, что авторы фильма не путают названия птиц, а еще в конце в титрах показывают все 755 видов, которые за год увидел Бостик. К обеду прилетел в Актау, и прямо около аэропорта достал камеру, потому что между редкими и низкорослыми карагачами увидел группу кормящихся птиц, среди которых были и дрозды - рябинники и, что интереснее, певчие. Несколько кадров и бердинг на Мангышлаке начался. Далее заезд в Актау на обед, и после дорога до Курыка (70 [...... read more ]

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Кызылкум-Аральское море. 21 октября - 6 ноября 2020 г.

2020-11-07 | Svetlana Baskakova

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rare birds records

Shikra (Accipiter badius)

© Andrey Kovalenko

The northernmost nesting record in the Caspian region. Prior to this, since 2015, the Shikra has been found nesting in the Mangistau region of Aktau (see the birds.kz gallery), on April 22, 2019, one bird was photographed north of Aktau - in the city of Fort Shevchenko (A. Kydyr, birds.kz ).

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

A new species for the Katon-Karagai National Park. A flock of 12 birds was recorded on May 20, 2022 in the floodplain of the middle reaches of the Bukhtarma in the Taylakova Yama tract, one bird on May 27, 2022 in the valley of the middle reaches of the Kara-Kaba on Lake Shoptykol, on June 3, 2022 in the Karazher tract, June 6 on the lake Yazevoe. Воробьёв В.М. 2022. Встреча белокрылой крачки Chlidonias leucopterus в среднем течении реки Бухтармы на Южном Алтае // Рус. орнитол. журн. 31 (2191): 2376-2379.

Great Snipe (Gallinago media)

© Martin Grienenberger
Betpak Dala

The first record of the Great Snipe in Kazakhstan, after more than 30 years, confirmed by photography. The last record of this species dates back to 1987, when on May 7 a migrating Great Snipe was caught in the Tentek delta (Khrokov et al. 1993).

Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)

© Yuriy Malkov

The first nesting record in the Kostanay region. It is known that the Ural Owl breeds in the South-Western Altai and Kalba, there is also evidence of nesting in the North Kazakhstan region (Zuban, Kalashnikov 2017) and in the East Kazakhstan region in forests north of Semey (Karpov, Levin 2005). In the Kostanay region, this species was occasionally found only during wintering (A.Yu. Timoshenko, G.Yu. Timoshenko 2021, Yu. Malkov, birds.kz).

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unidentified birds


Анна Ясько: Как пролёт чаек, так каждый раз головоломка. Чайка слева - барабинская или халей?


Кудайберген Амирекул: Предлагаю удалить фотографию.


Анна Ясько: Похожа на молодую плешанку.


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