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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


Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)

© Artem Andryuchshenko
2021-08-21

For the first time recorded in the Balkhash region and in general in the south-east of Kazakhstan. The Pied Flycatcher occurs on migration mostly in Western Kazakhstan, since 1999, 1-3 birds have been regularly observed in Karazhar and Korgalzhyn (Koshkin 2017), two spring records in the east of Kazakhstan in Ust-Kamenogorsk and Serebryansk are also known (see gallery this website).


Siberian Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2021-08-16
VKO, Katon-Karagajskij GNPP, Arshaty

Very rare species on breeding and migration. The first photo of a Siberian Flycatcher on the site birds.kz.


Eurasian Roller (Coracias garrulus)

© Qanatbek Kenzhegulov
2021-07-04

For the first time, the fact of nesting of Eurasian Roller in Mangystau was established. Summer finds of vagrant birds are known, but nesting in Mangyshlak was not confirmed (Korelov, 1970).


Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

© Andrei Kuryashkin
2020-01-03
Kurchatov

The first winter meeting in the Semipalatinsk Irtysh region. //Куряшкин А.Н. 2020. Первая зимняя встреча белобровика Turdus iliacus в Семипалатинском Прииртышье.// Рус. орнитол. журн. 29 (2005): 5678-5680.

unidentified birds


2021-10-25

Анна Ясько: Отправляю пока на определение.

2021-10-25

Анна Ясько: У кого какие соображения будут по этой птице?Я предположу, что это не курганник, так как клюв кажется довольно слабым. Возможно, канюк какого-либо [....]

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