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Kanshegel - Sorbulak.


2017-04-15| Askar Isabekov

May be too earlier to visit Kanshengel, not so hot, last week weather was rainy, and waders don't start the spring migration. But I want to do it. Day is sunny but very windy. Firstly we visited the village, looked for Little Owl, but didn't found, then visited the well in village. It's a bit of water, and a bit of birds. We flashed couple of Ruddy Shellducks, took photos of Wagtails and Little Ringed Plovers, that's all. Then we drove in sands. All the time we noticed little passerines – Larks, Wheatears (recorded male Pied Wheatear of vitatta morph), Shrikes; all birds were not far, quite comfortable to photo-shooting. Some times we saw the flocks of Black-throated Thrushes and Bramblings-Chaffinches, the birds not common to desert in all seasons excluding the migration time. It's means the birds are migrating to north. There are no any waders excluding Little Ringed Plovers and Black-winged Stilts. We saw only Black-bellied Sandgrouses. We arrived to Kanshengel at 10 am and recorded about two tens Sandgrouses in total, it is normal. Of birds of prey we saw only Long-legged Buzzards. One only Demoiselle Crane was found laying at a distance about 50 meters from the well. When we approached to 20 meters to it, Crane were discomposedly turning the head. I guessed the bird is either in nest or resting, and I didn't approach closer. We go out, Crane was continuing to lay. We looked for Asian and Greater Sand Plovers in the saline soils, but didn't find them. We watched about ten awaking Tortoises too.

After the lunch we turned to back road to Almaty. Near Bozoi we checked the “miracle tree”, but it is without leaves, we didn't find any migrating birds in it. Near the water we saw only Stilts, Little Ringed Plovers, Finches. The last stopping was near Savkino lake. As usually the concentration of birds is very high here. Black-headed Gulls and Coots and Grebes are common here, but today there are a lot of ducks (especially Garganeys, but also Pintails, Shovellers, Red-crested, Common Pochards and Ferruginous Ducks. We found couple of White-headed Ducks too. Of waders we watched Black-tailed Godwits, Common Redshanks and Stilts.

Today birding was mostly successful. Probably in case of easy wind we could watch more birds.


1. Black-bellied Sandgrouse


2. Black-headed Wagtail


3. Ruddy Shellduck


4. male Pied Wheatear of vitatta morph


5. Desert Finch


6. female Turkestan Shrike (karelini)


7. Isabelline Wheatear


8. flying to watering Sandgrouses is main target of Kanshengel


9. Little Ringed Plover is most popular wader of wells in desert


10. Hoopoe


11. Long-legged Buzzard


12. Demoiselle Crane


13. female Black Redstart


14. Greater Short-toed Lark


15. awaking Tortoise


16. Turkestan Wood Pigeion (Columba palumbus casiotis)


17. Steppe Grey Shrike


18. Black-tailed Godwit


19. male Garganey


20. Black-winged Stilt

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rare birds records


Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-03-10
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

First photo of rare wintering species in Sorbulak, and generelly in SE Kazakhstan. Before this record male and female were observed in flock of Tufted Ducks at February 2nd, 2003; and single bird at Jabuary 18th, February 21st, and March 13th of 2004 (Belyalov, Karpov 2012).


Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

© Alexandr Belyaev
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Second record of Dunncock in South-Easten Kazkahstan. Only one record for region was known before: at January 10, 1993 in northern foothills of Zailisky Alatau ridge, in sandthorn thickets of Chilik river four Dunncocks were recorded (Губин, 2002).


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© Askar Isabekov
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First winter record in Sorbulak lakes. Only spring records are known before this one: May 30, 1995 (Erokhov, 2002), April 11, 1999 (Grachev, 2002), and April 23, 2017 (Dyakin, www.birds.kz). In winter time Pygmy Cormorant is not rare in Chardara reservoir (Erokhov et al, 2006; Kovalenko, Kravchenko, 2007; Kovalenko, Karpov, 2008); recent years was observed in Taraz (Kolbintsev, 2009; M.Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; A.Balykin, www.birds.kz), in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev, www.birds.kz).


Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
2018-02-17
Ertai. Zhambyl oblast.

Rare observation of Black Kite in Kazakhstan in winter time. Previously in winter time recorded in Almaty oblast (Karpov, Belyalov, 2009; Berezovikov, 2014; S.Shmygalev, www.birds.kz); in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko, www.birds.kz).

Березовиков Н.Н. 2014. Зимняя встреча черноухого коршуна Milvus migrans lineatus в городе Алматы // Рус. орнитол. журн. 23 (1082): 3957.
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В. 2009. О зимней встрече чёрного коршуна в Алматинской области // Selevinia: 234.
Ясько А.О. 2017. Орнитологические наблюдения в городе Актау // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1399): 382-394.

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