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Sorbulak.

2012-10-28 | Askar Isabekov

Excursion for Bean Geese observing. Day was sunny and very pleasure though windy. I first time (!) full rounded Sorbulak lake. The flocks of Bean Geese we observed many times but from a far of course. Geese are very cautious birds and don’t make possible to close to photoshoot distance. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-10-27 | Askar Isabekov

I looked for the Barred Warblers very intensively but didn’t find any one. But I heard and saw not less than one and half dozen Lesser Whitethroats in different places. Most of birds were Hooded Crows, Rooks, Mynahs. In the thick brush I twice saw flocks of Black-throated Thrushes; Bramblings fed on the yellow larch trees. No unusual birds. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-10-26 | Askar Isabekov

Hooded Crows and Mynahs actively ate the berries on the trees. Bramblings foraged on the ground under the thujas. In three places I noticed Lesser Whitethroats. I will watch how long Whitethroats will be on the Square. So far they do not eat the berries but seek out insects on the branches. [...... read more ]


Big Almaty lake.

2012-10-21 | Askar Isabekov

Once again we visited Big Almaty lake for searching Ibisbill. Today's visit was successful, we observed Ibisbill though we did not watched bird detailed because bird flew up the river canyon. The great impression was the large flock of Great Cormorants flew more likely from Sorbulak to Issyk-Kul. Birds flew against the wind rising to an altitudes more than 4 km to overcome the pass. In juniper thickets we saw many Brown Accentors, several Black-throated Accentors, Rock Buntings and White-browed Tit-Warblers. Birds came to sounds despite the non-breeding season. Also I need to note the Alpine Accentor on rocks and the record of White Wagtail at the mouth of the river (very uncommon later observation). At evening in Raptors Sanctuary we watched the show, we loved it. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Atakent.

2012-10-20 | Askar Isabekov

Already in twilight I noticed male Blue-capped Redstart at Timiryazeva street near Atakent. [...... read more ]


Almaty. Republic Square.

2012-10-17 | Askar Isabekov

Overcast day. On bushes with berries and on fall leaves there were a lot of birds, mostly Mynahs, Hooded Crows and Blackbirds. Hundreds of Mynahs and Crows, dozens of Blackbirds. Noticed the flock of 4 Black-throated Thrushes. Wonderful shot, I ran into the pair of Eversmann’s Redstart directly in same place when I photographed male Redstart almost one year ago. Also I watched Lesser Whitethroat. [...... read more ]


Almaty, Atakent.

2012-10-16 | Askar Isabekov

After the dinner during about half of hour I walked on wasteland at Atakent. Under the elm I watched Chaffinches and Rock Buntings, and one Eastern Buzzard in the sky. [...... read more ]


Big Almaty lake

2012-10-14 | Askar Isabekov

Tour of two birds. We planned to find Ibisbill on Almaty lake and Solitary Snipe in Ozernoe gorge. To Almaty lake we arrived very early, sun was behind the ridge. After sun lighted all lake vicinity we moved to searching of Ibisbill. Vassily Fedorenko ran into one flying out bird but this moment remained the only one of Ibisbill observations. Although in this season the number of Ibisbills should have been more, two adult birds and brood. We watched one Great Grey Shrike in boulder bed, Golden Eagle in the sky, White-bellied Dipper on the water, Eversmann’s Redstarts, Black-throated Accentors in spruce forest, Chaffinches, Carrion Crows and Magpies on open areas. Unfortunately we didn’t find Solitary Snipe too. [...... read more ]


Sorbulak, Competition.

2012-10-07 | Askar Isabekov

We finished third out of four, but the slogan of our competition as on Olympic Games is “The Games themselves are better than the race and the prize”, therefore I was pleased. 78 species of birds were photographed by all participants, it is pretty good result to this season of year. Below is a list of birds consisted birds were saw / photographed by our group plus the most interesting of birds were shot by other competitors. [...... read more ]


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Almaty, Dendropark.

2012-10-06 | Askar Isabekov

Overcast day. Outdoor testing of tele-objective lens before the competition. Lens failed the test. Despite the apparent advantage (1300mm focus) it loses by reason of the weak lens speed, and the absence of auto-focus and image stabilizer. The interesting one was Quail which flushed under my legs and I even spotted its grounded place, but... I didn’t find it despite my diligence. In Ozernoe gorge on familiar site I ran into the Solitary Snipe but didn’t shoot it because Snipe flew out very quickly. Buckthorn in the gorge is a lot, but the birds are still not noticed; in the bushes I saw one Blackbird only. [...... read more ]


rare birds records


Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

© Ivan Bevza
2017-11-17

The second record in Semirechye. On November 17,18 and 21st one Lesser White-fronted Goose and five White-fronted Geese were observed together at one of Karachingil lakes. Before this 3 birds had been met on March 9th of 2003 in the floodplain of Kopy near the Saz railway station (Karpov, Belyalov, Kovshar 2004).
Карпов Ф.Ф., Белялов О.В., Ковшарь В.А. Первая встреча пискульки на юго-востоке Казахстана//Каз. орнитол. бюлл. 2003. Алматы, 2004. С. 135.


Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

© Anna Yasko
2017-11-01
Aktau, Mangystau region

The first record on Mangyshlak. The nearest known record points are located too much to east: Karatau ridge (Nukusbekov, www.birds.kz; Chalikova, Kolbintsev, 2005) and the foothills of Talas Alatau (Belousov, www.birds.kz).


Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2017-10-28
VKO Katon-Karagay

The easternmost record in Kazakhstan. During migration Blackcap mostly occurs in Western Kazakhstan. For a long time the easternmost record was the observation in Borovoe (Shtegman, 1934). In Kurgaldzhino birds were recorded both in spring and autumn migration (Koshkin, 2017). In Russia this species distributes in east up to Tomsk and Kemerovo oblast (Ryabitsev, 2014; Vasilchenko, 2004). In China first Blackcap was recorded in 2012 in Kashi (Guo H., Ma M., 2013), also birds were later observed at November 21st and December 29th of 2013 (www.xinjiang.birds.watch). Probably the occurring of Blackcaps so far to east relates to the new wintering spots of the eastern populations of this species.

Васильченко А.А. «Птицы Кемеровской области». Кемерово: Кузбассвузиздат, 2004-488 с. Гаврилов Э.И. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Кошкин А.В. 2017. Орнитофауна Тениз-Коргалжынского региона (Центральный Казахстан) // Рус. орнитол. журн. 26 (1415): 909-956.
Рябицев В.К. "Птицы Сибири". Москва-Екатеринбург, Изд-во "Кабинетный ученый", 2014. Guo H., Ma M. Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)-a new bird record in China [Chinese]. Zoological Research, 2013, Oct. 34(5). P. 507-508


Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

© Alexandr Belyaev
2017-10-15
Almatinskaja obl., Nac. park Altyn-JEmel', Ajnabulak

Rare migrant in Almaty oblast, and first record for Altyn-Emel National Park.

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Big Year 2017

1. Askar Isabekov (306)
2. Alexandr Belyaev (263)
3. Boris Gubin (202)
4. Anna Yasko (200)
5. Gennadiy Dyakin (199)
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unidentified birds


2017-12-07

Александр Катунцев: https://o-prirode.ru/kurgannik/Также встречаются птицы темного окраса с черновато-бурым цветом оперения, маховыми перьями светлыми внизу и с тёмной каемкой,
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2017-12-04

Александр Катунцев: С х о д н ы е в и д ы. К таковым относятся два вида завирушек: черногорлая и бледная. От первой отличается светлым горлом, от второй - яркой окраской.
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2017-12-04

Ясько Анна:
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2017-12-01

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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