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Best photos of the month, April 2012.

Little Owl | Andrey Kovalenko | 3

Chukar Partridge | Aisagali Kadirov | 3

Common Stonechat | Askar Isabekov | 2

East Siberian White Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 2

Black-winged Stilt | Gennadiy Dyakin | 2

Song Thrush | Andrey Vilyayev | 2

Black-winged Stilt | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 2

Pied Bushchat | Andrey Kovalenko | 2

Golden Eagle | Andrey Vilyayev | 2

Bluethroat | Askar Isabekov | 2

Black-winged Stilt | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 2

Cattle Egret | Andrey Vilyayev | 2

Little Owl | Andrey Kovalenko | 2

Whooper Swan | Gennadiy Dyakin | 2

European Greenfinch | Askar Isabekov | 1

Common Stonechat | Askar Isabekov | 1

European Greenfinch | Askar Isabekov | 1

Pied Wheatear | Askar Isabekov | 1

Black-throated Thrush | Askar Isabekov | 1

Turkestan Shrike | Askar Isabekov | 1

Grey-headed Goldfinch | Askar Isabekov | 1

Great Crested Grebe | Askar Isabekov | 1

Grey-headed Goldfinch | Askar Isabekov | 1

Common Chiffchaff | Askar Isabekov | 1

Masked Wagtail | Askar Isabekov | 1

Brown Dipper | Askar Isabekov | 1

Turkestan Tit | Andrey Kovalenko | 1

Asian Desert Warbler | Andrey Kovalenko | 1

Black Stork | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Garganey | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Garganey | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Redshank | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

North Mongolian Yellow Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Grey-headed Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Siberian White Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Black-headed Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Black-throated Thrush | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Kestrel | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Sandpiper | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Moorhen | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Tree Pipit | Oleg Lyakhov | 1

Central Asia Starling | Vladimir Shefer | 1

White Wagtail | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Garganey | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Siberian Common Starling | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Black-Bellied Sandgrouse | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Northern Wheatear | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Kentish Plover | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Black-eared Wheatear | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Caspian Plover | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Cattle Egret | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Red-throated Pipit | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Golden Eagle | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Yellow-backed Wagtail | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Black-headed Wagtail | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Yellow Wagtail | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Black Stork | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Black Kite | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Northern Wheatear | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Little Bustard | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Dalmatian Pelican | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

North Mongolian Yellow Wagtail | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Sand Martin | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

White-winged Tern | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Black Tern | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Black-tailed Godwit | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Common Tern | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Pied Avocet | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Common Shelduck | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Kentish Plover | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Rock Sparrow | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Chukar Partridge | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Hoopoe | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Common Tern | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Bar-tailed Godwit | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Common Tern | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Glossy Ibis | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Little Stint | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Bar-tailed Godwit | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Black-winged Stilt | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Continental Cormorant | Askar Isabekov | 1

Northern Wheatear | Askar Isabekov | 1

Isabelline Wheatear | Askar Isabekov | 1

Ring-necked Pheasant | Askar Isabekov | 1

Little Owl | Andrey Kovalenko | 1

Northern Lapwing | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Green Sandpiper | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Caspian Gull | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Redwing | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Ortolan Bunting | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Marsh Sandpiper | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Crested Lark | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Pied Avocet | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Western Marsh-Harrier | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Black-tailed Godwit | Alexey Loginovskikh | 1

Whooper Swan | Alexey Loginovskikh | 1

Western Capercaillie | Venera Nugmanova | 1

Little Tern | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Continental Cormorant | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Chiffchaff | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Tree Pipit | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Redshank | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Green Sandpiper | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Little Ringed Plover | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Great Cormorant | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Black-headed Gull | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

White Wagtail | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Siberian Common Starling | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Common Redshank | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Hawfinch | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Pied Wheatear | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Red-necked Phalarope | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Greater Sand Plover | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Black Tern | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Whooper Swan | Alexey Loginovskikh | 1

Long-legged Buzzard | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Dunlin | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Eastern Buzzard | Askar Isabekov | 1

Daurian Shrike | Askar Isabekov | 1

Little Owl | Andrey Kovalenko | 1

Black Stork | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Pied Wheatear | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Tree Pipit | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Fieldfare | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Pied Flycatcher | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Common Stonechat | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Greater Sand Plover | Andrey Vilyayev | 1

Pied Wheatear | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Eurasian Whimbrel | Aisagali Kadirov | 1

Common Stonechat | Askar Isabekov | 1

Pied Wheatear | Askar Isabekov | 1

White-bellied Dipper | Askar Isabekov | 1

Pied Bushchat | Andrey Kovalenko | 1

Pied Avocet | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Green Sandpiper | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

North Mongolian Yellow Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Yellow Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

East Siberian White Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Black-winged Stilt | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Sand Martin | Vassiliy Fedorenko | 1

Bluethroat | Askar Isabekov | 1

Common Chiffchaff | Askar Isabekov | 1

Garganey | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Masked Wagtail | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Asian Desert Warbler | Andrey Kovalenko | 1

Great Crested Grebe | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Northern Wheatear | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Black-tailed Godwit | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Black-headed Gull | Vladimir Shefer | 1

Grey Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Pied Avocet | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Sandpiper | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Great Crested Grebe | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Pied Wheatear | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Garganey | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Pied Wheatear | Askar Isabekov | 1

Pied Avocet | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Oystercatcher | Gennadiy Dyakin | 1

Common Redshank | Oleg Lyakhov | 1

Pied Wheatear | Askar Isabekov | 1

rare birds records


Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)

© Fedor Shakula
2022-05-13
The second record of the species on the territory of Kazakhstan. Observed by a group of 6 ornithologists on the eastern coast of the Aral Sea on May 11-12, 2022 and on the northern coast on May 12-13, 2022, where, according to S. Baskakova, it was especially numerous - several males singing at the same time on clayey chinks. For the first time this species was recorded on May 9, 2018 in Mangistau in the Karagie depression near the Ashibulak spring (see the site gallery).

The northernmost record of the Trumpeter Finch on the territory of Kazakhstan. A few more southern records are known: on the territory of Mangystau, on artesians near the village of Kanshengel, both in nesting and non-nesting time. Also recently, in the Turkestan region in the Karatau mountains in the eastern part of the Kyzylkum desert, on May 9-10, 2021, two pairs of the Trumpeter Finch and an unfinished nest, subsequently abandoned, were found (Fedorenko, 2022).


Pale Rock-Finch (Carpospiza brachydactyla)

© Fedor Shakula
2022-05-13
Kyzylorda region, northern coast of Butakov Bay on the Aral Sea

The second record of the species on the territory of Kazakhstan. Observed by a group of 6 ornithologists on the eastern coast of the Aral Sea on May 11-12, 2022 and on the northern coast on May 12-13, 2022, where, according to S. Baskakova, it was especially numerous - several males singing at the same time on clayey chinks. For the first time this species was recorded on May 9, 2018 in Mangistau in the Karagie depression near the Ashibulak spring (see the site gallery).


Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)

© Anna Yasko
2022-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau

Rare record to western part of Kazakhstan. Prior to this, two birds were observed in Kenderli on May 6, 2009 (Neve et al., 2010), one bird - in the northern Caspian on April 10, 2015 (Karpov, 2015).


Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2022-05-04

The first registration in Central Kazakhstan and the farthest record to the east from the range and, possibly, the most northern one. In Kazakhstan, the Semi-collared Flycatcher occurs on migration off the coast of the Caspian Sea.

unidentified birds


2022-05-29

Алдияр+Сапарбаев: Садовая камышовка?

2022-05-28

Игорь Фефелов: Похоже, но, на мой взгляд, хвост кукушки еще длиннее (раза в полтора длинней, чем ширина крыла у тела) а тут ближе к перепелятнику. Не исключаю [....]

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