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Almaty.

2007-03-31 | Askar Isabekov

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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-03-30 | Askar Isabekov

Yesterday was a big snow. While it melted to dinner time the temperature was down. Today is +4 C. The snow and cold turn in White-winged Grosbeaks to the city. They are again on the square with Chaffinches together. Turkestan Shrikes outlasted snow and cold successfully. Today saw two males. Rains dislodged worms to the grass and Shrikes were fed its. No new birds. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-03-26 | Askar Isabekov

Everyday it rains. Probably therefore birds aren't so active. Saw two male Turkestan Shrikes, several mixed flocks of Chaffinches and Great Tits. The pair of Magpies begins to build new nest. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-03-25 | Askar Isabekov

All those birds. White-winged Grosbeaks left the city. Blackbirds sing. Those odd alone Black-throated Thrush. This spring first Isabelline Wheater. Chaffinches wide spreads all around. Now they can be met in all blocks of city. [...... read more ]


Karasai region. Almaty oblast.

2007-03-24 | Askar Isabekov

Chaffinches and Bramblings yet change plumage from winter to spring and look very beauty on the spring sun. Especially Bramblings. There are a lot of Red-fronted Serins in the mountains. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-03-23 | Askar Isabekov

There are Chaffinches, Bramblings, White-winged Grosbeaks still in city. They are fed in last year's foliage. Yet Great Tits, Blackbirds and Greenfinches sing only. Odd flown Black-throated Thrush is hidden among branches of fir-trees.Many Turkestan Shrikes (I have counted six birds). The bird whom I saw on March, 16th, has really appeared Black-throated Accentor. Very timid bird. Hardly I managed to make some pictures through branches of trees. Still Cetti's Warblers have arrived. Saw two birds. They fed in bushes and seldom show on eyes. [...... read more ]


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Ile region. Almaty oblast.

2007-03-22 | Askar Isabekov

Today's morning is sunny and blowy. Contrary to expectation birds aren't a lot. On the reservoir between Baiserke and Jetygen saw pair of Redshanks, several Black-headed Gulls, flock of Reed Buntings, pair of Great Crested Grebes, several Masked and Citrine Wagtails.On Kapchagai reservoir saw Black-headed Gulls, other unidentified large gulls, one Great White Egret and flock of little ducks. Many Turkestan Shrikes and Masked Wagtails. Over Jetygen saw Great Grey Shrike and on Jetygen this year fist Laughing Dove.Saw four hovering raptors – two Long-legged Buzzards, one White-tailed Sea-Eagle and one Short-toed Snake-Eagle. [...... read more ]


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Chilik. Enbekshikazakh region, Almaty oblast.

2007-03-21 | Askar Isabekov

On the Shelek mainly Tree Sparrows, Blackbirds, Jackdaws, Hooded Crows and Mynahs are in evidence. Greenfinches are audible but not visible. On the flock of Tree Sparrows saw one Indian Sparrow. Didn't have possibility to make photos but very distinctly saw white cheeks.After dinner went onto north locality of Shelek. The landscape is semi-desert. On desert groves of djida (russian olive) grow. Birds on djida are not so much as on winter but some birds I saw. Raptors – one Long-legged Buzzard, two Kestrels and one large falcon probably Saker Falcon. Singing Corn Bunting. It's sound is audible in the driving car. Many Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Pine Buntings, other buntings. Saw Turkestan Tits, several Azure Tits and one male Long-tailed Rosefinch. A lot of large birds – Black-billed Magpies and Carrion Crows. One time had luck to see Great Grey Shrike on wire. Early on this places I saw many Great Tits, Black-throated and Mistle Thrushes but today didn't see its.The strong wind prevented [...... read more ]


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Chilik. Enbekshikazakh region, Almaty oblast.

2007-03-20 | Askar Isabekov

The weather is rainy and murky. Arrived to Shelek on late evening. During the road saw only pair of Lapwings. On Shelek saw several Masked Wagtails. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2007-03-17 | Askar Isabekov

Today saw two Masked Wagtails in dawn part of city. Later went to Vesnovka river to photograph Wagtails but probably there are not yet Wagtails in colder upper half of Almaty. Saw many singing Chaffinches and Great Tits, several singing Grey-headed Goldfinches. In the square near KazGU found male Sparrowhawk. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Timoshenko
2018-10-18
Kostanay reg., Naurzum rezerve

New species of Naurzum Reserve. In northern part of Kazakhstan Pygmy
Cormorant previously was recorded at October 6th, 1998 in Kulykol lake
(Pynnonen, 1999), about 180 km to west from the point of new record.
Also singles or group of 2-80 birds were regularly observed in
Kurgaldzhin Reserve since 2001.

Ерохов С.Н., Березовиков Н.Н. 2009. Материалы к орнитофауне озёрной
степи и лесостепи Кустанайской области. Часть 1 // Рус. орнитол. журн.
18 (516): 1715-1742.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный
Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2018-11-03
Almatinskaja obl.,g.Taldykorgan

Rare vagrant visitors in SE Kazakhstan.


Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2018-10-14
Northern Caspian, Kalamkas.

Rare vagrant bird. First record in western part of Kazakhstan. Before observed in Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino), and in S and SE Kazakhstan.


Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-10-07
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

Second photo record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded in Sorbulak lakes too at September 7th, 2014 (Fedorenko, Isabekov, Dyakin, 2014). Group of birdwatchers with Peter Kennely also watched this bird in Sholak lake near Kurgaldzhino village at May 15, 2005, but unfortunately no evidence of this record was provided.
Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии, вып. 3, Алматы, 2014: 211-212

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Big Year 2018

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1. Isabekov Askar (309)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (294)
3. Gubin Boris (263)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (249)
5. Golubeva Anna (207)
6. Yasko Anna (206)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (191)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (169)
9. Malkov Yuriy (155)
10. Zvyaginceva Viktoriya (155)

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unidentified birds


2018-11-20

Аскар Исабеков: похожа на молодую белую трясогузку

2018-11-20

Аскар Исабеков: безбровый конек, розовые ноги, сильная испещренность на груди, штрихи на боках не узкие, общий цвет зеленоватый, думаю, что луговой.

2018-11-19

Андрей Баздырев: Всё-таки это крошка: большая рыжая маска с тёмной окантовкой, видно охристую бровь и светлый пробор на голове, пестрины на груди и боках тёмные,
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2018-11-17

Сергей Л. Волков: Клюв-то у него конечно, слишком толстоват для белохвостого песочника. И много белого на горле тоже мало годится для него. Но по окраске верха
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