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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-08-30 | Askar Isabekov

Barred Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroats, Spotted Flycatcher. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-08-29 | Askar Isabekov

Barred Warblers, Common Whitethroats, one Turkestan Shrike, one Blyth's Reed Warbler. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-08-26 | Askar Isabekov

The most interesting bird was Red-backed Shrike. Other birds I saw were Common Whitethroats, Barred Warblers, one Booted Warbler, and one juvenile Turkestan Shrike. The adult Turkestan Shrike was noticed in square near Museum, bird was very scenic perched into the hawthorn tree. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-08-25 | Askar Isabekov

Day of appearance of Barred Warblers (both adults and juveniles) and Bluethroats. Bluethroat fed on the border of hedges and hid in it in case of danger; but Barred Warblers hid in spruce trees. Once I watched Barred Warbler were drinking water drained from the pipe, after drinking Warbler hid in the next spruce tree. The most popular bird of the day was Common Whitethroat; its sound “chek-chek” was heard everywhere: from the spruce trees, from berry trees and from hedges. I also saw one Turkestan Shrike, one Spotted Flycatcher, and one Black Kite. [...... read more ]


Sorbulak.

2012-08-19 | Askar Isabekov

On the dam: Dalmatian Pelican, one Black-tailed Godwit. White-headed Ducks were still in the lake, have not migrate. On the sandy spits of south coast of Big Sorbulak there were a lot of Ruddy Shelducks which flew out in our appearance. Twice we noticed Harriers, one Montagu’s Harrier, and one Marsh Harrier. Other birds of the southern shore: Whooper Swans, one Mute Swan, Little Ring Plovers, Common Sandpipers, rare Sanderlings (pair), Little Stints, Temminck's Stints; many Lapwings and Great Cormorants; flock of Curlew Sandpiper in autumn plumage, Greater Short-toed Larks, Eurasian Curlew, Pheasants in the shelterbelt (one rooster and one hen), Dalmatian and Great White Pelicans. At pools in west from Big Sorbulak we observed the swirling of very active Red-necked Phalaropes, several juvenile Stilts and one Wood Sandpiper. The birds of the day are probably Sanderlings and Curlew Sandpipers. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-08-18 | Askar Isabekov

Appearance of Lesser Whitethroats, Stonechats, Turkestan Shrikes; the Common Whitethroats became more visible. I observed how Shrike was perching on the top of thuja and caught flying by wasp by the lazy movement of the head, as if by accident but not specifically. Then Shrike parted the wasp, ate it and continued to perch as if nothing had happened. [...... read more ]


Cosmostation. Big Almaty Lake.

2012-08-12 | Askar Isabekov

The Water Pipits dominated directly in Cosmostation area and in stony beds in south from it, especially many Pipits were on two small lakes. Above the Cosmostation under the Big Almaty Peak Hodgson's Rosefinches were in majority again. The first time in these places I watched Alpine Accentor and fledgling of Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush. Yellow-billed and Red-billed Choughs rounded in the sky. Himalayan Snowcocks were observed but from a far, two flocks flew down from the opposite slope to the green part of the gorge. We waited their climbing but they probably moved to another direction. Saw soaring Himalayan Vulture and some later the Golden Eagle. We descended by the rocks. In addition to noted Water Pipits we watched another fledgling of Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Stonechats, some Himalayan Accentors, Brown Accentors feeding their fledglings, the Stoats and the Grey Marmots.In juniper thickets about the Observatory a lot of Black-throated Accentors, White-browed Tit-Warblers, the strange [...... read more ]


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Cosmostation. Big Almaty Lake.

2012-08-04 | Askar Isabekov

The temperature difference between the city and the Cosmostation accorded to the difference between altitudes: the city was very hot, but the Cosmostation was cold and windy. Plus double cloudy: the high clouds covering the whole country and the local patches of fog rising up by the branch gorges. However clouds from time to time dispersed. We watched several flocks of Himalayan Snowcocks, and I even was lucky to photograph them. There were also Water Pipits, Guldenstadt’s Redstart, a lot of Hodgson's Rosefinches (reddish juveniles and grey adults), Himalayan Accentors, Mistle Thrushes, Wallcreeper. Twice in the clouds we watched predators, one Lammergeier and one Booted Eagle. Near the Almaty lake always there were the pair of Kestrels.The list of birds of juniper thickets near Observatory was common: Sulphur-bellied Warblers, Hume’s Warblers, White-browed Tit-Warblers, numerous and active Black-throated Accentors of different ages, and probably already migrating Stonechats. Here we [...... read more ]


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rare birds records


Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus)

© Aleksey Timoshenko
2018-10-18
Kostanay reg., Naurzum rezerve

New species of Naurzum Reserve. In northern part of Kazakhstan Pygmy
Cormorant previously was recorded at October 6th, 1998 in Kulykol lake
(Pynnonen, 1999), about 180 km to west from the point of new record.
Also singles or group of 2-80 birds were regularly observed in
Kurgaldzhin Reserve since 2001.

Ерохов С.Н., Березовиков Н.Н. 2009. Материалы к орнитофауне озёрной
степи и лесостепи Кустанайской области. Часть 1 // Рус. орнитол. журн.
18 (516): 1715-1742.
Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный
Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.


Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2018-11-03
Almatinskaja obl.,g.Taldykorgan

Rare vagrant visitors in SE Kazakhstan.


Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2018-10-14
Northern Caspian, Kalamkas.

Rare vagrant bird. First record in western part of Kazakhstan. Before observed in Central Kazakhstan (Kurgaldzhino), and in S and SE Kazakhstan.


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

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Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Isabekov Askar (309)
2. Belyaev Alexandr (294)
3. Gubin Boris (263)
4. Dyakin Gennadiy (249)
5. Golubeva Anna (207)
6. Yasko Anna (206)
7. Katuncev Alexandr (191)
8. Vorobyov Vladimir (169)
9. Malkov Yuriy (155)
10. Zvyaginceva Viktoriya (155)

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unidentified birds


2018-11-20

Аскар Исабеков: похожа на молодую белую трясогузку

2018-11-20

Аскар Исабеков: безбровый конек, розовые ноги, сильная испещренность на груди, штрихи на боках не узкие, общий цвет зеленоватый, думаю, что луговой.

2018-11-19

Андрей Баздырев: Всё-таки это крошка: большая рыжая маска с тёмной окантовкой, видно охристую бровь и светлый пробор на голове, пестрины на груди и боках тёмные,
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2018-11-17

Сергей Л. Волков: Клюв-то у него конечно, слишком толстоват для белохвостого песочника. И много белого на горле тоже мало годится для него. Но по окраске верха
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