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Best photos of the month, September 2019.

Blue Tit | Andrey Kovalenko | 21

Yellow-browed Bunting | Askar Isabekov | 13

Goldcrest | Andrey Kovalenko | 13

Crested Honey-Buzzard | Askar Isabekov | 12

Goldcrest | Andrey Kovalenko | 12

Great White Egret | Natali Kim | 11

Yellow-browed Bunting | Askar Isabekov | 11

Great Cormorant | Natali Kim | 10

Great Cormorant | Natali Kim | 10

Common Chaffinch | Natali Kim | 10

Red-throated Pipit | Yuriy Malkov | 10

Northern Reed Bunting | Andrei Kuryashkin | 10

Cinereous Vulture | Askar Isabekov | 9

Crested Honey-Buzzard | Askar Isabekov | 9

Eurasian Roller | Askar Isabekov | 9

Egyptian Vulture | Askar Isabekov | 9

Osprey | Askar Isabekov | 9

Spotted Flycatcher | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

Black Kite | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

Great Tit | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

Eurasian Siskin | Andrey Kovalenko | 9

Black-throated Thrush | Gennadiy Dyakin | 9

Black-eared Kite | Natali Kim | 9

Great Cormorant | Natali Kim | 9

Temminck's Stint | Yevgeny Belousov | 9

Common Nightingale | Yevgeny Belousov | 9

Little Bittern | Yevgeny Belousov | 9

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker | Andrei Kuryashkin | 9

Grey Wagtail | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 9

Yellow-browed Bunting | Askar Isabekov | 9

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater | Askar Isabekov | 8

Pacific Golden Plover | Askar Isabekov | 8

Grey Heron | Andrey Kovalenko | 8

Steppe Eagle | Andrey Kovalenko | 8

Spanish Sparrow | Andrey Kovalenko | 8

Blue Tit | Andrey Kovalenko | 8

Grey-Headed Woodpecker | Viktor Kolesnikov | 8

Black Kite | Natali Kim | 8

Grey Heron | Natali Kim | 8

Grey Heron | Natali Kim | 8

Eurasian Curlew | Yuriy Malkov | 8

European Nightjar | Alexandr Belyaev | 8

Merlin | Alexandr Belyaev | 8

Citrine Wagtail | Marina Merz | 8

European Golden Oriole | Marina Merz | 8

Oriental Turtle Dove | Askar Isabekov | 7

Steppe Eagle | Askar Isabekov | 7

Desert Wheatear | Askar Isabekov | 7

Little Owl | Askar Isabekov | 7

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater | Askar Isabekov | 7

House Sparrow | Natali Kim | 7

Azure Tit | Natali Kim | 7

Common Chiffchaff | Natali Kim | 7

Eurasian Hobby | Natali Kim | 7

Coal Tit | Natali Kim | 7

Northern Pintail | Natali Kim | 7

Pied Wheatear | Natali Kim | 7

Common Kingfisher | Yevgeny Belousov | 7

Lesser Kestrel | Yuriy Malkov | 7

Temminck's Stint | Yuriy Malkov | 7

Grey Plover | Yuriy Malkov | 7

Common Snipe | Yuriy Malkov | 7

Short-toed Snake-Eagle | Alexandr Belyaev | 7

Mongolian Finch | Alexandr Belyaev | 7

Northern Wheatear | Viktor Kalyuzhnov | 7

Wood Sandpiper | Maksut Nurkabayev | 7

Sky Lark | Andrei Kuryashkin | 7

Turkestan Shrike | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 7

Common Stonechat | Viktoriya Zvyaginceva | 7

Lesser Whitethroat | Ruslan Telegin | 7

Ruff | Marina Gudimova | 7

Eurasian Redstart | Marina Gudimova | 7

Yellow-browed Bunting | Askar Isabekov | 7

Yellow-browed Bunting | Askar Isabekov | 7

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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