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Ushtobe, Karatal region, Almaty oblast.

2007-09-12 | Askar Isabekov

Morning trip to sand foreland on Karatal river. Driving beside the bushes I frightened a lot of Wood Pigeons. Inconspicuous at day birds flew out from trees by tens. On morning silence crying of Pheasants and little falcons (Hobbies and Lesser Kestrels) were very audible. One Black-headed Gull arrived to foreland. Also flock of Great Cormorants, one White Egret, flock of little ducks flew beside foreland. On bushes from time to time Magpies and Carrion Crows occurred. Sometimes it's possible to see little birds - Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. Sandgouses didn't arrive and I began come back to Ushtobe and saw two flying to watering flocks of Black-bellied Sangrouses. Sandgrouses flew to Karatal but to another foreland. I waited some times but did't see another flocks and returning seeing flocks. But one sitting on dry tree raptor compelled my attention. On binocular I saw long legs and large head. It was Short-toed Snake-Eagle. Raptor sat very easy and I could make some photos. Several [...... read more ]


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Ushtobe, Karatal region, Almaty oblast.

2007-09-11 | Askar Isabekov

At the road there is not many species such as at spring and summer times. The autumn is in. Many birds yet migrated. Only Rooks and Kites were met in large number. Touching other meeting birds I can notice only Hobbies and one dark morph Upland Buzzard. Over all road I met two Rollers only. The aim of the trip to Ushtobe is finding of Black-bellied and Pallas's Sandgouses. Sandgrouses indispensable fly to drink water on same places. It's possible to meet its near these watering places. But all around Ushtobe were dried up. Two trips to steppe brooks weren't successfully, there wasn't water. But there was not water that there were not Sandgouses. On dry steppe saw only Tawny Pipits, Isabelline Wheaters and Larks, several Hobbies and Lesser Kestrels, one Great Grey Shrike. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-09-09 | Askar Isabekov

No new species on the Square. I can notice only young Isabelline Wheater. Now there were not new species, I attended to little and inconspicuous birds. I tried to make good photos to identify its. Birds were Booted and Hume's Warblers. [...... read more ]


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Almaty.

2007-09-08 | Askar Isabekov

Ile-Alatau National Park. Batareika river. Murky morning. Grey Wagtails, Carrion Crows, Magpies and two Blue Whistling Thrushes. Blue Whistling Thrushes searched insects on green grass. Republic Square. Again saw Common and Lesser Whitethroats, Stonechats, two Turkestan Shrikes, one Booted Warbler, one Bluethroat, one Masked Wagtail. Today's interesting birds are Crested Lark and Quail. I first time saw Crested Lark in the city but didn't have possibility to make photo. Bird was very scary. But Quail shot out, flew about twenty meters and smash bumped on metal fence. Whack such as stone. I was sure that bird cracked up and tried to find it. But didn't find. I turned around bushes and again put up the Quail. Bird sat at 20-30 centimeters and I didn't see it. This bout Quail successfully flew above five-meters fence. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-09-07 | Askar Isabekov

A lot of birds. Different birds in different places. On flowerbeds mainly Stonechats fed. Stonechats looks very perfect on red roses especially males. Warblers mostly hid in bushes. Common Whitethroats are most popular, Lesser Whitethroats are some less and Barred Warblers are a little. Also today I met two Long-tailed Shrikes. Long-tailed Shrikes in contradistinction from other Shrikes hide in trees branches and search feed not on open places but under trees. Also saw one flying between birch-trees Spotted Flycatcher. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-09-04 | Askar Isabekov

Today crossing Republic Square I saw not only familiar Stonechats and Common Whitethroats but also the newly arrived Barred Warblers and Lesser Whitethroats. Frightened off one Quail. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza
2017-11-17

The second record in Semirechye. On November 17,18 and 21st one Lesser White-fronted Goose and five White-fronted Geese were observed together at one of Karachingil lakes. Before this 3 birds had been met on March 9th of 2003 in the floodplain of Kopy near the Saz railway station (Karpov, Belyalov, Kovshar 2004).
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В., Ковшарь В.А. Первая встреча пискульки на юго-востоке Казахстана//Каз. орнитол. бюлл. 2003. Алматы, 2004. С. 135.


Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

© Anna Yasko
2017-11-01
Aktau, Mangystau region

The first record on Mangyshlak. The nearest known record points are located too much to east: Karatau ridge (Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; Chalikova, Kolbintsev, 2005) and the foothills of Talas Alatau (Belousov, www.birds.kz).


Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-10-28
VKO Katon-Karagay

The easternmost record in Kazakhstan. During migration Blackcap mostly occurs in Western Kazakhstan. For a long time the easternmost record was the observation in Borovoe (Shtegman, 1934). In Kurgaldzhino birds were recorded both in spring and autumn migration (Koshkin, 2017). In Russia this species distributes in east up to Tomsk and Kemerovo oblast (Ryabitsev, 2014; Vasilchenko, 2004). In China first Blackcap was recorded in 2012 in Kashi (Guo H., Ma M., 2013), also birds were later observed at November 21st and December 29th of 2013 (www.xinjiang.birds.watch). Probably the occurring of Blackcaps so far to east relates to the new wintering spots of the eastern populations of this species.

Васильченко А.А. «Птицы Кемеровской области». Кемерово: Кузбассвузиздат, 2004-488 с. Гаврилов Э.И. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.
Рябицев В.К. "Птицы Сибири". Москва-Екатеринбург, Изд-во "Кабинетный ученый", 2014. Guo H., Ma M. Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)-a new bird record in China [Chinese]. Zoological Research, 2013, Oct. 34(5). P. 507-508


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2017-10-15
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak

Rare migrant in Almaty oblast, and first record for Altyn-Emel National Park.

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (263)
3. Boris Gubin (202)
4. Anna Yasko (200)
5. Gennadiy Dyakin (199)
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unidentified birds


2017-12-07

Александр Катунцев: https://o-prirode.ru/kurgannik/Также встречаются птицы темного окраса с черновато-бурым цветом оперения, маховыми перьями светлыми внизу и с тёмной каемкой,
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2017-12-04

Александр Катунцев: С х о д н ы е в и д ы. К таковым относятся два вида завирушек: черногорлая и бледная. От первой отличается светлым горлом, от второй - яркой окраской.
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2017-12-04

Ясько Анна:
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2017-12-01

Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот
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