Best photos of the month, February 2017.

White-browed Tit-Warbler | Alexandr Balykin | 4

Black-throated Thrush | Askar Isabekov | 4

White-browed Tit-Warbler | Askar Isabekov | 3

Long-eared Owl | Malik Nukusbekov | 3

Bohemian Waxwing | Askar Isabekov | 3

White-browed Tit-Warbler | Askar Isabekov | 2

Bewick's Swan | Boris Gubin | 2

Willow Ptarmigan | Vladimir Vorobyov | 2

Red-crested Pochard | Alexandr Belyaev | 2

Eurasian Wigeon | Anna Yasko | 2

Northern Reed Bunting | Anna Yasko | 2

Siberian Black-backed Gull | Anna Yasko | 2

Bohemian Waxwing | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 2

Grey Partridge | Ainur Iskakova | 2

White-winged Grosbeak | Askar Isabekov | 2

Great White Egret | Malik Nukusbekov | 2

Red-crested Pochard | Alexandr Belyaev | 2

White-winged Grosbeak | Askar Isabekov | 2

Eurasian Nuthatch | Natali Kim | 2

rare birds records

White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first record of the species in the Kazakh part of Altai, confirmed by a photo.

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov

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
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).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
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.

unidentified birds


Андрей Коваленко: Признаки очень неочевидные. Клюв смотрится тонким и не розовым, а скорее желтоватым. Цвет ног тоже не очевидно, что розовые, а не желтые. Штрихи [....]


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