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Republic Square.

2010-09-26 | Askar Isabekov

Common Whitethroats. Museum. Lesser Whitethroats, Blackbirds, Hume's Warbler. [...... read more ]


Republic Square.

2010-09-22 | Askar Isabekov

Common Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Stonechats (5 birds). [...... read more ]


Republic Square.

2010-09-21 | Askar Isabekov

Evening. Habitual Common Whitethroats anf Hume's Warblers. Stonechats appeared, but I didn't watch males but saw two females. On oak crown Sparrowhawk perched. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-20 | Askar Isabekov

Evening promenade to the Republic Square. I saw only Leaf Warblers - one Chiffchaff hidden in Roses and some Hume's Warblers. Mynahs in city looks like powdered, probably they are molting. Blackbirds also have bald heads, probably they are molting too. [...... read more ]


Trip to Shelek.

2010-09-18 | Askar Isabekov

Rainy and murky day. Over Kulja I turned to the road closed to foothills. I saw Oriental Turtle Doves, Wood Pigeons, two Kites, several times little birds flying as Tits flew about the road but identify these birds was impossible by reason of permanently rain and murky weather. Many Masked Wagtails. In Kyzylsharyk near pooll there were one Green Sandpiper and two Mallard Ducks. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-17 | Askar Isabekov

I saw Hobby run by Crow, twice saw Hume's Warblers, once Chiffchaff and once Bluethroat. I watched neither Nightjars nor Whitethroats. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Boraldai.

2010-09-15 | Askar Isabekov

Rollers, one Turkestan Shrike, flock of Common Starlings. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2010-09-14 | Askar Isabekov

Lesser Whitethroats, Common Whitethroat and Booted Warblers. Warblers were in numbers less than recently, and also Warblers were shyer in my opinion, probably on account of many people. Also I shot Ortolan Bunting and saw one Grey Wagtail on fountains. [...... read more ]


Ucharal - Sarkand

2010-09-08 | Askar Isabekov

Ucharal. In morning sunset I saw and heard Isabelline Wheatear and saw flying by Hobbies in twilights. Near Ucharal there were much of Rooks and Jackdaws, some Kites and two flying off Great Cormorants. In roadside thickets during Dzhungar Alatau from Kabanbai until Sarkand I watched much Magpies, Wood Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, sometimes Kites, three times female Harriers (not Pallid, probably Montegu's or Hen). [...... read more ]


Zaisan, Tarbagatai.

2010-09-07 | Askar Isabekov

Ak Mektep. In morning twilight I saw flying Owl (probably Short-eared Owl). On the back way I saw same birds as I saw in yesterday's evening. Even same hybrid Crow. But Steppe Eagles were much more, from Ak Mektep till turning to Ayaguz I countered 11 Steppe Eagles including group of three birds near crushed fox. All eagles were juveniles or subadults. In addition to Eagles I saw Kites (5 birds), Long-legged Buzzards (I countered 8 birds and stop count, Buzzards were very variable from almost white to very dark), about five Pallid Harriers, some Kestrels. On asphalt there were a lot of Short-toed Larks, White, Yellow and Masked Wagtails. In canes I noted pair of Great Cormorants and probably yesterday's White Egret. Also saw unidentified Ducks and one adult male of Pallid Harrier. On gasoline station near Aksuat turning I saw a lot of Swallows, White Wagtails, Common Starlings (which I confused with Mynahs) and female Redstart.I want to say about Quail specially. About four years ago I [...... 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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