birdwatching blogs

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Kimasar gorge, Ile Alatau National Park.

2013-03-31 | Askar Isabekov

The morning was sunny and warm, but during all the day the middle-power wind was blowing, it brought the coldness and rain in afternoon. The upper Kimasar gorge and its eastern slope are yet snowy, but the western slope is almost dry. Birds are as usually absent (in spite of Magpies and Carrion Crows) if you don’t watch and hear carefully. Today I arrived to the gorge at about 10am, it is a good time, not early and not later. Almost immediately I noticed the pair of Grey Wagtails, the first this year. In the mouth of gorge I recorded Dippers both Brown and White-bellied but didn’t try to take photo of them. When I reached to the spruce-forrest I see the singing Black-throated Accentors; further I saw more Black-throated Accentors, each time either singing bird or couple. I watched the singing Mistle thrush too and thought that I first time watch the singing Mistle Thrush. I was going to make video but Thrush flew away. By the way Mistle Thrushes are numerous, I saw about twenty birds, [...... read more ]

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Жана-Арна - Сорбулак

2013-03-30 | Vassiliy Fedorenko

На Сорбулаке не были уже давненько, поэтому хотелось посмотреть все и увидеть больше. В итоге посмотрели то все, но, к сожалению, не было времени рассматривать всех птиц на воде, а их там предостаточно.Первым делом поехали в Жана-Арну на поиски ушастых сов. Но от сов нашлось только одно свежеутерянное маховое. Поиски гнезда или ночевки результата не дали. Зато в камышах заливаются широкохвостки, было видно сразу трех птиц на небольшом участке. В роще много чернозобых дроздов, опять же все без отклонений. Галки сидят у дупел парами. А дятел эти дупла [...... read more ]

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Almaty. Republic Square, Dendropark.

2013-03-30 | Askar Isabekov

Today is sunny, warm and windless, so the nice in all sides day. At 8.30 am there are no birds in Republic Square. Even Magpies were quiet, probably already sit on the nest. Then the singning male of Greenfinch appeared, after the short time the singing female appeared on the next oak. It is surprisingly to me, because I thought female doesn’t sing. Then female flew to male and they flew away together.As the birding in Republic Square is ineffectual I went on Dendropark aka Park of the first president. First I saw (hear) here is the singing Kestrels. Couple of Kestrel was quite active playing, birds were flying one to another, then were moving from the top of one little spruce tree to another one, and all the time they were very nice singing. In the far (most interesting) part of Park I again noticed the pair of Buzzard, the seemingly long familiar birds. One of them (dark-brownish patterned, with pale eyes, without rufous) was observed here during last several winters; usually I watch [...... read more ]

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Ертай. Деревенская ласточка.

2013-03-28 | Malik Nukusbekov

Сегодня температура воздуха поднялась до 22-градусов. Прилетели деревенские ласточки, видел трех птиц. [...... read more ]

Almaty. Hoopoes in Republic Square.

2013-03-27 | Askar Isabekov

At 8.30 am I noticed Hoopoe on the birch-tree near City Hall. In the moment I wondered so high perched Hoopoe I saw the second Hoopoe flew by and landed also to birch-tree at the distance about 200 meters from the first bird. Latter didn’t stay a long and flew to second Hoopoe. Then both birds flew away in direction of Telecenter. I was without camera but the weather was a mist. [...... read more ]

День 5: Жабаглы – Алматы

2013-03-25 | Vassiliy Fedorenko

Надо было, в конце концов, снять желтогрудого князька, так как вернуться без него было бы просто дикостью. Поэтому поехали сразу в лесополосу у Чокпака. По пути встретились куча чернозобых дроздов и гибридных синиц, и буланый жулан. В лесополосе кроме князков и гибридных синиц, встретились пара горихвосток чернушек и туркестанский жулан. Потратив довольно много времени здесь, поспешили на Терс. По пути вдоль трассы снова увидели пару черных аистов. Остановившись на первом съезде стали наблюдать. К сожалению, аисты полетели в другу сторону. Но [...... read more ]

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From Zhabagly to Almaty

2013-03-25 | Askar Isabekov

Go home from Zhabagly. Today is sunny, almost windless weather, but Black Kites are migrating via Chokpak Pass. Kites fly alone but regularly. In the roadside thickets we take photos of Tits at sunny light at last. Feeling that there are no one thoroughbred Great Tit and no one thoroughbred Turkestan Tit, but only different Hybrids. When you are near Zhualy village you must visit Ters-Ashybulak reservoir. Near Ters-Ashybulak always can to see flying birds. Probably each time can see either lfocks of Cranes or birds of prey or flying groups of little passerines. Today we saw some large flocks of both Common and Demoiselle Cranes, also Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Black Stork. In Aspara we stopped to lunch not far from the nest of White Storks (we watched both Black and White Storks during one day!). The distance to the nest of Storks was so large that birds didn’t shy us. It was very surprisingly to view the third Stork. When latter appeared, the couple on the nest begins snapping beaks. [...... read more ]

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Поход в ущелье Кши-Каинды группы одних из самых крутых любителей наблюдения птиц Казахстана в фото

2013-03-24 | Madina Dyussebayeva

Жду не дождусь нашей очередной поездки :) [...... read more ]

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День 4: Ущелье Кши-Каинды

2013-03-24 | Vassiliy Fedorenko

Подъем давался довольно тяжело, поэтому шли не спеша. Кроме чернозобых дроздов, других птиц было не видать. Птиц стали попадаться примерно на пол пути, вдалеке летал беркут, в кустах шмыгал крапивник, и стаи свиристелей проносились над головой. В какой-то момент послышался необычный напев синиц, и тут же она пролетела прям над нами. Не было сомнений, что это рыжешейная синица. Она улетела высоко вверх по склону и продолжала петь, но постепенно песня затихала, пока не пропала совсем. Вскоре мы подошли к домику, где и улеглись на поляне в ожидании остальных. [...... read more ]

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Kishi-Kaindy gorge of the Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve

2013-03-24 | Askar Isabekov

My Groundhog Day starts from the singing of Blackbirds, then couple of Chaffinches appears, then Tits, Starlings come, and White-winged Woodpecker pounds the pole. New event is only displaying of Wood Pigeon to the Collared Dove.Today is warm and cloudy. Our guided group visited the Kishi-Kaindy gorge of the Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve. Gorge on the side of track is the rare forest of high juniper-trees. Another side is more than half covered by rocks. The final destination of our rout is the waterfall. My own targets of this tracking are Black-breasted Tit and Tawny Owl. Both of them were found. The most popular today bird is Black-throated thrush which was hearable all the time, and some times visible in the junipers. Also we often saw the flocks of Waxwings. Other little passerines were observed by one at time, of latters we saw Tits, Blue-capped Redstarts, Black-throated Accentor, Red-rumped Rosefinch, Wrens. Waxwings, some of thrushes and Redstarts were catching insects in fly like Flycatchers [...... read more ]

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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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1. Askar Isabekov (127)
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3. Alexandr Belyaev (84)
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unidentified birds


Анна Ясько: Александр, у Вас есть еще кадры группы птиц с 1 фото, чтобы было видно испод крыла у других птиц помимо птицы в левом нижнем углу?А так они все


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


Николай Балацкий: Однозначно, что ремез. Голова в анфас, то есть клювом к фотографу.

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