birdwatching blogs

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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

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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Big Year 2018

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1. Askar Isabekov (133)
2. Boris Gubin (112)
3. Alexandr Belyaev (84)
4. Alexandr Katuncev (71)
5. Anna Yasko (67)


unidentified birds


Анна Ясько: Полностью испода крыла у этого кулика не видно, поэтому о рисунке достаточно сложно судить. Лучше всего видны здесь подмышечные перья. Понятно,


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


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


Николай Балацкий: Однозначно, что ремез. Голова в анфас, то есть клювом к фотографу.

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