birdwatching blogs

Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-09-30 | Askar Isabekov

Lesser Whitethroats, one Hume's Warbler, one Chiffchaff. [...... read more ]

Trip to Trans-Balkhash area.

2011-09-27 | Askar Isabekov

On the reservoir over Bayserke there are no birds except Great Crested Grebes and Black-headed Gulls. But a lot of Grebes, I think that it's possible to see not less than 50-60 birds simultaneously. In the roadside elm I heard but not saw the Azure Tit.On the way before Kapchagai reservoir and immediately over Kapchagai the Rooks were soaring in the sky, apparently were forming the flocks and were preparing to fly away. Near Kerbulak wintering first time this year I saw Hooded Crows. Also the Chaffinches have already arrived, I saw the single male and several flocks flying over the steppe. On roadside bushes I saw Black Redstart, Hume's Warblers, Isabelline Shrikes, several Kestrels and two Hobbies. Twice I saw the flying Harriers, presumably the Hen Harrier. Black-throated Thrush was sitting on the dry twig, but saw me and flew to the nearby tree and hid in the large Magpie's nest. In the large clay coomb I saw Little Owl (unfortunately wasn't shoot), Hume's Warblers, Chiffchaffs, female [...... read more ]

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Ile Alatau National Park. Little Almaty river.

2011-09-23 | Askar Isabekov

At early evening I passed to the mountains just to sit on the river side. Saw Grey Wagtails. Some Wagtails jumped straight up and caught the insects in flight. On one of the jumps the Sparrowhawk tried to catch the Wagtail. But the Wagtail was quicker than Sparrowhawk, the raptor was left without prey and perched on nearby tree. [...... read more ]

Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-22 | Askar Isabekov

In the evening, at sunset, I again saw the Quail. [...... read more ]

Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-19 | Askar Isabekov

Today I saw the stray Dog flushed the Quail. [...... read more ]

Almaty. Republic Square.

2011-09-18 | Askar Isabekov

A lot of Lesser Whitethroats, other birds were noticeably less. In some places the Leaf Warblers were hearable. Usually circling in the sky the Sparrowhawk was hunting to someone in the rose bushes. [...... read more ]

Almaty, Akkain.

2011-09-11 | Askar Isabekov

At midday time I with family have gone to rest to mountains, in Akkain sanatorium area. There were no abundance of birds species. I saw many Greenish Warblers, some less of Great Tits, Magpies, Grey Wagtails. [...... read more ]

Almaty, Republic Square.

2011-09-04 | Askar Isabekov

Became much more Lesser Whitethroats, which were quite active even in midday time. The Common Whitethroats became less visible, also I saw female Black Redstart and female Bluthroat, many Hume's Warblers, two females and one male Stonechats, two Wood Pigeions, two Hobbies, Mynahs, Magpies. [...... read more ]

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Karasai region, Almaty oblast.

2011-09-03 | Askar Isabekov

Within day I saw flying by in the sky the Wood Pigeons, Oriental Turtle Doves, Magpies, Black Kites, and the Eurasian Bee-eaters at evening time. [...... read more ]

Almaty, Samal.

2011-09-02 | Askar Isabekov

At night I saw the Hobby hunting the Bats in the light of stadium's projectors. [...... 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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Сергей Л. Волков: Анна, действительно, бывают и бекасы с таким исподом крыла. У нас бекасы довольно редки, и у наблюдал только светлый испод. Теперь буду знать.Я


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

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