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Little Sorbulak.

2012-03-31 | Askar Isabekov

The trip to Little Sorbulak with Andrey Kovalenko and Gennady Dyakin. The day was mostly sunny but windy. On the road in Ili region we saw the flock of Black Kites, the wedge of Demoiselle Cranes, and the Black-headed Gulls and pair of Shovelers on the little lake. We started the discovering of the lakes of Sorbulak system from the reeds and djida thickets, where we watched one Cetti's Warbler, Reed Buntings, Tree Sparrows, two Isabelline Shrikes, one hen of Pheasant, Chiffchaffs, regularly flocks of Black-throated Thrushes Chaffinches, Bramblings, Greenfinches flew by, once we saw the flock of Desert Finches and the mixed flock Yellowhammers and Pine Buntings. In the reeds and about them we saw Bluethroat, Black-throated Accentor, two male Stonechats. On the little lake there were a few Coots; also we heard but didn't saw the Water Rail. Regularly we watched the soared Sparrowhawk, sometimes the flying Ruddy Shelducks, Caspian Gulls and Black-headed Gulls. Also we found the killed Goshawk.In [...... read more ]


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Dendropark.

2012-03-29 | Askar Isabekov

Overcast day. I hoped to make good quality photos of Eversmann's Redstarts but didn't find any of them. Most of birds stay on the far part of the park. The first bird I noticed was the Sparrowhawk, then group of Magpies, one Mistle Thrush and Carrion Crow. Then I entered to the uninhabited territory without people and roads. Here I watched flocks of Chaffinches, Bramblings and Rock Buntings feeding on ground. In addition to these numerous birds I also saw one Eastern Buzzard, one Masked Wagtail and pair of Greenfinches. [...... read more ]


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Dendropark.

2012-03-25 | Askar Isabekov

During the short tour I watched one Masked Wagtail, two Eversmann's Redstarts, two Black-throated Thrush, one Mistle Thrush, flock of Chaffinches. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Samal.

2012-03-24 | Askar Isabekov

Today I a short time stayed and listened the Grey-headed Goldfinches picking the pine seeds. Some birds were visible behind the branches but most of them were invisible; only cracking sounds and seeds flying down indicated the presence of birds. [...... read more ]


Middle reaches of Ile river. Almaty oblast.

2012-03-23 | Askar Isabekov

The trip with Gennady Dyakin to Ile river. In the steppe zone close to the river we noticed the perched on the little hill Goshawk. The second Goshawk in last two days, my guess is now is time of the migration of Goshawks. In the same steppe-semidesert zone there were many Calandra larks, once the Desert Wheatear was noticed. Then we descent to the trees at the river; several trees do not form even the grove but in absence of other trees here were quite a many little passerine birds; we noticed Reed Buntings, Tree Sparrows, singing Greenfinch, and Desert Finch.The road along the river. On the water regularly we watched little groups of Goldeneyes and rarer Mallards. On the single trees once we saw Kestrel and once Steppe Grey Shrike. Then we stayed at river close to rocks. Birds were a bit. Sometimes the Jackdaws flew by. The flock of Black-headed Gulls flew mostly over the coast than over the water. On the coast-line two Masked Wagtails fed, to the single tree several times Long-tailed [...... read more ]


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Teskensu. Almaty oblast.

2012-03-22 | Askar Isabekov

Trip with Gennady Dyakin to the former fish ponds to watch the migrating shorebirds. On the road we noticed the first Black Kite in this year, and the flying Ruddy Shelducks when we closed to ponds. The first ponds were mostly under the ice but there were the patches of open water. Here on the open sandbank we watched 6-7 Common Redshanks, 2 Masked Wagtails, 15-20 Common Teals, 2 Mallards; on the ice 15-20 Cormorants, 2 Caspian Gulls and several Black-headed Gulls rested; one unidentified Harrier flew by.The fish ponds more likely didn't work last several years, some ponds are dry and grown by djida-trees (russian olives), other ones are full water and grown by reeds. In djida thickets and near them we watched Crested Larks (4-5 birds), Long-tailed Rosefinches, one Rock Bunting, and many Magpies, Carrion Crows, Greenfinches, Black-throated Thrushes. Raptors were one Long-legged Buzzard and one Rough-legged Buzzard only. On the open pond which is also mostly ice-covered we watched many water [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square, Samal.

2012-03-18 | Askar Isabekov

The ground were half-opened, on the wet ground the Rooks, Great Tits, several Hooded Crows and one Carrion Crows were feeding. I saw Blackbirds, Bramblings and Chaffinches. Some Brambling males have the black head. Blackbirds and Great Tits began to sing earlier but today I heard the singing Greenfinch too. Magpies bring the twigs to nest. I watched the Peregrine Falcon who slowly turned in the niche, then looked at me, ruffled the feathers and then flew off. [...... read more ]


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Ozernoe gorge. ile Alatau National Park.

2012-03-15 | Askar Isabekov

There were many Magpies and Carrion Crows. Also I saw seome Great Tits, Blackbirds, two White-bellied Dippers, one Wren and one Solitary Snipe who whistling flew off from me. But in the inhabitant part of the gorge I watched Wallcreeper in the transition from winter to summer plumage. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Samal.

2012-03-10 | Askar Isabekov

Hybrid Crow wintered in our area some recent years. This winter I watched it twice but could not shoot it. Today is very overcast day and I went to the next scrap-heaps hoping to find this unusual crow. Unfortunately I didn't find it, but I saw the flock (20 birds) of White-winged Grosbeaks, three Red-fronted Serins and the Magpie with the twig in its beak. [...... read more ]


Kokzhailau. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2012-03-03 | Askar Isabekov

Cloudy day. Only on the bottom part of the gorge I saw the birds: the singing in apple garden Great Tits and the moving on the rock Blackbirds. Then I a long time didn't hear any bird until the pine patches on the bushy slopes. In pines I saw male White-winged Grosbeak and then single Coal Tit. Then in spruce forest I heard the drumming of Three-toed Woodpecker; I was waiting to notice any movement but Woodpecker didn't shown though was drumming for a while. In the high spruce forest there were not any birds excepting the Magpies which I didn't see but heard only. Downing to the pines I noticed Nutcrackers but couldn't shoot it, but in the birch grove I watched mixed flock of 7-8 Coal Tits and one Treecreeper. That's all. [...... 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 (305)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (235)
3. Gennadiy Dyakin (189)
4. Boris Gubin (189)
5. Anna Yasko (189)
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unidentified birds


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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2017-09-08

Сергей Силантьев: Обыкновенный или черноголовый?

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