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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


Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

© Askar Isabekov
2018-10-07
Sorbulak lake system. Almaty oblast.

Second photo record of Long-billed Dowitcher in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded in Sorbulak lakes too at September 7th, 2014 (Fedorenko, Isabekov, Dyakin, 2014). Group of birdwatchers with Peter Kennely also watched this bird in Sholak lake near Kurgaldzhino village at May 15, 2005, but unfortunately no evidence of this record was provided.
Орнитологический вестник Казахстана и Средней Азии, вып. 3, Алматы, 2014: 211-212


Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

© Steve Klasan
2018-09-09
Korgalzhyn

The second record for Tengiz-Korgalzhyn area. Before this record one bird was observed at December 12, 1969 in floodland of Nura river.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Amur (White) Wagtail (Motacilla (alba) leucopsis)

© Sveta Ashby
2018-05-21
Kanshengel

Fist record of Amur Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis) in Kazakhstan. Most of systematics treat this taxon as subspecies of White Wagtail (Mac Kinnon&Phillips, 2000; Степанян, 2003; Roberts, 2006; Brazil, 2014; Clements, 2016; HBW, 2016) but include it to special group of eastern races. Breeding range of this bird contains Far East Russia, Korea peninsula, SW Japan, central and eastern China. Winters in Southern Asia eastward to Northern India. Records of vagrant birds known in Vitim Reserve (Russia, Northern Trans-Baikal area) at April 29, 2014 (S.L.Volkov, www.sibrids.ru) and in Eastern Mongolia (Gombobaatar & Monks, 2011). From November 27 to December 2 of 2015 one male was observed in Finland (Kujala, Päijät-Häme), it's third record in Western Palearctic.


Altai Snowcock (Tetraogallus altaicus)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2018-05-29
VKO Katon-Karagay

The first nest of Altai Snowcock found in Kazakhstan. Previously only several broods were recorded.

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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (304)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (284)
3. Gubin Boris (253)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (239)
5. Golubeva Anna (207)
6. Yasko Anna (198)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (177)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (166)
9. Malkov Yuriy (149)
10. Nukusbekov Malik (148)

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unidentified birds


2018-10-19

Сергей Л. Волков: Что случилось с птицей, скажите, пожалуйста.

2018-10-19

Анна Ясько: Здесь тоже, молодая золотистая щурка.

2018-10-19

Анна Ясько: Здравствуйте, Марина. Это дрозд белобровик. Расскажите, что случилось с птицей?

2018-10-17

Шевцов Дмитрий: Видимо степняк, белая полоса по низу крыла, маховые выглядят темнее кроющих.

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