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Birding Tours in Kazakhstan

Birds of Mountains and Deserts (May 01 - May 11, 2021)

Day 1. Arrival. White-headed Duck, Dalmatian Pelican, White-tailed Sea-Eagle
Day 2. Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Greater Sand Plover, Brown-necked Raven
Day 3. Steppe Grey Shrike, Azure Tit, Red-headed Bunting, Syke's Warbler
Day 4. Yellow-eyed Pigeon, White-winged Woodpecker, Saxaul Sparrow
Day 5. Golden Eagle, Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Lesser Kestrel
Day 6. Mongolian Finch, Crimson-winged Finch, Pallas's Sandgrouse
Day 7. Himalayan Vulture, Pine Bunting, Rock Bunting
Day 8. Moving to highlands. Indian Orilole, White-crowned Penduline Tit
Day 9. Hodgson's Rosefinch, Guldenstadt's Redstart, Lammergeier
Day 10. Himalayan Rubythroat, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Red-mantled Rosefinch
Day 11. Departure.

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Pander's Ground Jay tour (April 18 - April 28, 2021)

Day 1. Rufous-naped Tit, White-capped Bunting, Yellow-breasted Tit
Day 2. Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Long-legged Buzzard, Eastern Rock Nuthatch
Days 3-4. White-tailed Lapwing, Pygmy Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Ferruginous Duc
Days 5-6. Pander's Ground Jay, Desert Finch, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Finsch's Wheatear
Day 7. Eurasian Crag Martin, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Golden Eagle
Day 8. Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Oriental Sky Lark, Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Day 9. White-crowned Penduline Tit, Indian Golden Oriole, Black Stork
Day 10. Blue Whistling Thrush, Brown Dipper
Day 11. Departure from Almaty.

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50 species of mountain birds (June 20 - June 30, 2021)

Day 1. Golden Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Mongolian Finch, Crimson-winged Finch
Day 2. Himalayan Vulture, Meadow Bunting, Rock Bunting
Day 3. Moving to highlands. Indian Orilole, White-crowned Penduline Tit
Day 4. Hodgson's Rosefinch, Guldenstadt's Redstart, Lammergeier
Day 5. Himalayan Rubythroat, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Red-mantled Rosefinch
Day 6. Moving to Western Tien Shan. White Stork, Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Day 7. Egyptian Vulture, Long-legged Buzzrad, Eastern Rock Nuthatch
Day 8. Black-breasted Tit, Yellow-breasted Tit, Blue Whistling Thrush
Day 9. Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Raven
Day 10. Golden Eagle, Upcher's Warbler
Day 11. Moving to Almaty. Departure.
During 10 days we will watch 50 species of special mountain birds

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Individual birding tours

Some birdwatchers prefer to watch birds not in large group but individually. This way allows to pay attention to special species, and means apportunity to customise the itinerary. We offer the tours for 1-2 customers at the reasonable cost. Our customers are mostly middle-age (40-60 years) birdwatchers who prefer to take photos of birds.

You can suggest the points of itinerary basing to special species or to habitats. Please look to main habitats and species of birds which you can watch in these habitats.

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One-day birding tours in all seasons

Almaty. Tien Shan highlands, deserts of Balkhash area, Sorbulak lakes are the all year-round birding spots around Almaty.

Astana. Steppe area, fresh and salty lakes in Korgalzhyn vicinity are the birding spots in Astana area. The watching to special steppe birds is a good choice to weekend in Astana.

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rare birds records


Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov
2021-03-01
Aktau

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
2021-02-28
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).


Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)

© Alexey Timoshenko
2021-01-17
Karamendy vill., Kostanay reg.

The first record of this species in more than half a century on the territory of the Naurzum reserve.


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
2021-01-09
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


2021-03-02

Аскар Исабеков: какой красавец! судя по дате и канючиному облику предложу версию korelovi/refectus. Была еще версия осоеда, но клюв крупноват.

2021-02-22

Андрей Баздырев: Вульпинусы очень разнообразны по окраске - от тёмно-бурых до рыжих и рыжевато-буроватых. И да, некоторые варианты очень похожи на восточного, [....]

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