birdwatching blogs

The Batareika river gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-31 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw one male Common Rosefinch, pair of Oriental Turtle Doves, one Mistle Thrush and flock of 4 Nutcrackers. Other Nutcrackers several times shouted in flight, but each time hid in the spruce or pine trees. [...... read more ]

Prokhodnoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-28 | Askar Isabekov

The weather was overcast, and rainy. One Black Kite flew quite a low in the gorge. In the bushes and in the tall grass there were a lot of juvenile Great Tits and Grey Wagtails. These birds today were very appreciable. Also I saw two Brown Dippers. There were quite many Blue Whistling Thrushes. During the river at distance about one kilometer I saw 5 or 6 Whistling Thrushes. Blue Whistling Thrushes foraged between the large stones. [...... read more ]

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Ozernoe and Prokhodnoe gorges. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-23 | Askar Isabekov

In Ozernoe gorge I saw two soaring Black Kites, one Kestrel, several Grey-headed Goldfinches, one Common Rosefinch. In Prokhodnoe gorge above the Alma-Arasan I observed only two Brown Dippers. [...... read more ]

Ozernoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-20 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw the low soaring Lammergeier again. The bird didn't pay attention to the people which were quite a close to the bird. The Lammergeier carefully explored the slopes of the gorge. In addition to Lammergeier two Black Kites soared in the sky. Also I saw Kestrel, male Common Rosefinch and juvenile Brown Dipper. [...... read more ]

Degeres. Almaty oblast.

2009-07-18 | Askar Isabekov

After more the one month period without special birding trips I with Raufael Bairashev made the birding tour to Degeres. In the colony of Rosy Starlings there was the noise which I didn't wait. I thought that Rosy Starlings already started the autumn wanderings. But we saw that many juvenile birds couldn't make it. The large part of juveniles still needs the parental support. These short-tailed young birds hid between large rocks, in the bushes and from time to time were shown and asked the food. The parents of these young birds flew all around in the searching of the food. The juveniles which could self forging flew together with adult birds. The second popular today's bird was Lesser Grey Shrike. Shrikes fed juveniles too. The Demoiselle Cranes flew to the lake. There were two Grey Herons on the lake too. The interesting observation: the Black Stork flew out to the west. It was my second observation of the Black Stork in Degeres. Probably Storks nest in the local rocks. Also I saw three [...... read more ]

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Batareika river. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-15 | Askar Isabekov

I saw one quite a low soaring Golden Eagle and some later two Blue Whistling Thrushes in two different places. [...... read more ]

Talgar gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-14 | Askar Isabekov

Saw one Blue Whistling Thrush. [...... read more ]

Prokhodnoe gorge. Ile Alatau National Park.

2009-07-11 | Askar Isabekov

The short trip to Alma-Arasan. The interesting observations were two Common Buzzards and Blue Whistling Thrush. I saw Brown Dipper and Grey Wagtails too. Also today I was in the next gorge (unfortunately without photo camera) where I saw soaring Lammergeier, Azure Tits and White-bellied Dipper. [...... read more ]

rare birds records

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

© Askar Isabekov
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
Almaty region, g. Taldykorgan

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).

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Askar Isabekov
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

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, 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,; A.Balykin,, in foothill part of Chu river valley (Belyalov, Karpov, 2009), one specimen was photographed at December 23, 2017 in Taldykurgan vicinity (A.Belyaev,

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

© Malik Nukusbekov
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,; in Mangyshlak (Yasko, 2017); and in Chardara (A.Kovalenko,

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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unidentified birds


Анна Ясько: Тут я пас. Не знаю признаков pseudorufinus.


Анна Ясько: В полете как-то проще определять и если видно окрас низа. Тут придется ориентироваться на габитус, окрас хвоста. На курганника не похож. По


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Сергей Силантьев: Даже визуальное сравнение с большим крохалем на снимке говорит о том, что птица не маленькая...Кряква.

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