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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-31 | Askar Isabekov

On the square I saw one Chaffinch, few Bramblings and a lot of Backbirds. There are a lot of Blackbirds in Samal district too, especially nearby Ramstore. [...... read more ]


Almaty.

2007-12-30 | Askar Isabekov

Today in the city I met Bramblings and Goldcrests. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-29 | Askar Isabekov

All birds which I saw yesterday were met today. Flocks of Siskins and Bramblings flew. Still many Blackbirds, Magpies and Hooded Crows. Occasionally Goldcrests occured, but I didn't see such bright birds such I saw yesterday. Also I again saw Robin, but didn't photograph this timid bird. But I photographed Coal and Great Tits. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-28 | Askar Isabekov

Some flocks of the timid Siskins fed in tops of birches. Blackbirds here and there came across. I saw not only Great Tits only but Coal Tits also. On a thuja I saw one Goldcrest. Goldcrest seemed brighter than our usual Tien Shan Goldcrests. Also I met European Robin a new species to me. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2007-12-22 | Askar Isabekov

Well here I am in Kazakhstan. As usually I carried out a short walk to Republic Square. Nothing unusual. Flocks of Bramblings occured here and there, Siskins are fed on birches. Many Blackbirds, Magpies, Rooks and Hooded Crows. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe, Botanical Garden.

2007-12-20 | Askar Isabekov

Today is the holiday - Kurban-Ait or Idi Kurbon as Tadjiks say. Cloudy weather, sometimes strong wind blows. That is weather obviously not to bird watching. The walk to the Botanical garden was short and ineffective. I met Eversmann's Redstart and Bar-tailed Treecreeper in the same places I saw them last time. As well as last time Treecreeper was together with Blackbirds. But Black-throated Thrushes widely wandered on whole garden. Also I saw Magpies, Chaffinches and Mynahs. Once I spied a little warbler. Later I only heard its voice, but it was not possible to see it in high trees against the cloudy sky. It is possible to tell same words about Turkestan Tit, I only heard it but didn't see. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe. Komsomol lake.

2007-12-16 | Askar Isabekov

Kingfishers didn't depart, today I saw two birds. Water has receded from the coast, therefore Kingfishers should hunt from coast. The large white gulls like Caspian Gull were added to Black-headed Gulls. Mallards and Waders are on them own places. Today I saw unknown, new to me Sandpiper with some up curved beak (Terek Sandpiper - thanks to Igor). Both Grey Heron and Great White Egret were on lake too, Egret was very well visible from afar, but here I found Grey Heron only in photos. The passerines were Chaffinches, Bramblings and two Masked Wagtails. [...... read more ]


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Tajikistan. Dushanbe.

2007-12-15 | Askar Isabekov

The warm sunny day. I didn't go anywhere, in the city saw Common Starlings only. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe, Varzob gorge.

2007-12-09 | Askar Isabekov

Today is very cloudy and rainy day. On early morning I saw one Common Starling. I noticed it because I heard its voice. The Starling sat highly on a plane tree, against the murky sky only its silhouette was visible. But it was accurately visible that it was a Starling, because nearby to Starling on the next branch two Mynahs sat. Mynahs were much larger than Starling. In Varzob gorge there was a rain. Saw only two unknown birds. Small grey birdies scurried about among rocks. They did not fly vertically upwards as a bird but crept as the mouse. Probably birds were Wallcreepers, but I did not notice red wings. I didn't see anything more. [...... read more ]


Tajikistan. Dushanbe. Komsomol lake.

2007-12-08 | Askar Isabekov

The winter again has left, today is a warm sunny day. In the morning in city centre near the Aini Theatre I met the Masked Wagtail. Then in Kushtepa kishlak I saw two Kites. After a dinner I went to Komsomol lake. The water in lake became much less, in the channel near the lake the water already is not present absolutely. There are a lot of Common Sandpipers and Black-headed Gulls on the lake. On the next to lake small reservoir there are three Green Sandpipers and one Grey Heron. One more Grey Heron and one Great White Egret were fed on lake. Number of Mallards became lesser, also I saw three Common Teal. Today I did not seen any Kingfisher and White-capped Redstart. But I have met the Wallcreeper. The birdie was very mobile and I made only one picture before it departed to other coast of the channel. [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)

© Anna Yasko
2017-10-02
Aktau, Mangystau region

The new species of the fauna of Kazakhstan. Eyebrowed Thrush is distributed from the east of Western Siberia (approximately to the line of Tomsk) to the Pacific Ocean. Vagrants were recorded in Western Europe.


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2017-10-05
Korgalzhin v.

The second record in Kurgaldzhinho. Three birds were observed. The first bird was recorded on Kulanotpes river on September 29th 1960. (Krivitsky et al, 1985).


Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)

© Mark Pestov
2017-05-13
Southern Ustyurt

The second record of this species in Kazakhstan. Two birds were observed on trees near the railway junction Taigyr in the Karakiyan district of Mangystau region. In the latest research of birds of Mangyshlak, Ustyurt and Peninsula Buzachi B.M. Gubin (2015) mentions the records of 31th August and 8th September 2010, when Patrick Palmen took the photos of the female bird in Fetisovo village.


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-07-24
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first evidence of the nesting this species on the Altai Tarbagatai Ridge in the Katon-Karagai National Park, where it was previously assumed to be Y.A. Kotukhov. He observed there a worried female bird on the mountain pass Burkhat (Starikov, 2006). First in breeding season for the territory of Kazakhstan it was noted on the Ivanovo Ridge in 1969, species later turned out to be common in the damp dark coniferous forest areas not only of Ivanovo, but also of the Lineysky ridge (Shcherbakov, 1974, 1978).

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (235)
3. Gennadiy Dyakin (190)
4. Boris Gubin (189)
5. Anna Yasko (189)
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unidentified birds


2017-10-17

Анна Ясько: Альберт, есть ли фото, где видны пестрины на боках? Чисто визуально, я бы сказала, что это лесной конек: клюв довольно толстый и основание подклювья
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2017-10-15

Анна Ясько: Похож, только тот взрослый (и все же непонятно у него с цевками, неужели все же оперенные?). Может это та пара начудила? Шучу, но вдруг?

2017-09-21

Олег Белялов: Да, Анна, в этом случае нельзя и зелёную исключать. Иногда светлая полоса едва различима, а очень ярко смотрится видимо только у первогодков.
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2017-09-13

Аскар Исабеков: Мне кажется, что молодых птиц (а это же молодая, судя по чешуе на спине) лучше определять по взрослым особям, поскольку большинство признаков
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