birdwatching blogs

Urban Birding. Déjà vu.

2016-09-29 | Askar Isabekov

Today I was going to visit Republic Square and thought about juvenile Red-backed Shrike was photographed on the bush near fir-tree almost one month ago. Since I made first photos of this bird I visited Square some times and all the time the Shrike perched on the same bush. Last time I was here three day ago with Sasha Katuntsev and Shrike was on its post. But in my opinion Shrike must leave the Square before the rains, I thought it could not stay in one spot so long. But I was wrong; Shrike was on its post. I took some photos and go. When I approached to the spot where we photographed Nightjar I see the same bird on same place. Déjà vu. I took photos of Nightjar and was tried to remember what other birds I saw that day. I saw Quail. When I was watching Nightjar the Rat expels the Quail from the green fence. Quail didn’t fly away but hid under the next tree. I hoped the Quail stay under tree some time, but bird was scared and fly away in time when saw me. Hard to hope to shoot the Quail [...... read more ]

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Assy, Almaty reguon

2016-09-25 | Gennadiy Dyakin

25 сентября в 8 часов выехали на Ассы. В составе группы я, Санжар, Губин Б.М. и Алена (гостья из Риги, бердвочингом до этого не занималась, поехала просто посмотреть красоты наших гор).Погода целый день была облачная, иногда пасмурно, во 2-й половине дня даже дождик капал. На плато довольно прохладно, особенно в сочетании с крепким ветром.Поднимались по Тургенскому ущелью. Кроме законной оплаты за въезд в нацпарк, выше с нас сняли еще 2 тыс., как это у нас нередко бывает. От ущелья по птицам особых ожиданий не было, поэтому нигде не останавливались. Разве [...... read more ]

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БАО-Космостанция 19-20 сентября 2016

2016-09-23 | Svetlana Baskakova

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Kimasar. Ile-Alatau National Park.

2016-09-21 | Askar Isabekov

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Миграция кеклиов.

2016-09-21 | Malik Nukusbekov

Сегодня после обеда сосед прибежал что на нашем дворе бегает стая из боле сорока кекликов. Пока я взял фотоаппарат и пошел туда они убегали в огород и дальше уже вышли в поле сторону гор Боралдайтау. С толком сфотографировать не удалась, они улетели.Это уже трети случай в моем наблюдений, что кеклики перекочевали через нашего села. Хорошо помню осеню 2007 году кеклики также перелетали через село Ертай.Я одного не могу понять, они летят от куда и куда....? Как я знаю кеклик птица не перелетная, они мигрирует или кочует.По горам Боралайтау последние [...... read more ]

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Big Almaty Lake

2016-09-14 | Askar Isabekov

Non birding trip to Big Almaty Lake. I watched birds only a little time. After yesterday rain I waited the snow in mountains but it was absent. Very warm autumn this year in mountains. Birds were a bit. Black-throated Accentors and Stonechats run in the juniper thickets. Hobbies learned juveniles to hunt. The most important record was the Ibisbill flew above the lake from one side to another. [...... read more ]

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Urban Birding. Almaty.

2016-09-12 | Askar Isabekov

Two days I watched birds in Republic Square together with Sanzhar Abdikhalyk. Now is migration time, the perfect time to watch birds. All the birds are expected and common, but perhaps it is good as the meeting with old friends. The Nightjar Day (20th Spetember) is not far and I carefully explored the branches of larch-trees in high-part of Square, but Nightjar waited me on the ground near juniper bush. Nightjar twice close moved from one point to another but in third time I lost it. I understood that scared Nightjar could fly far but unlikely not out of Square area. So I began to carefully observe all of trees and meadows. After about half of hour I came back to start point and noticed Nightjar flying into the space between bushes. I began to explore the birch-tree grove again and noted Nightjar on the branch of birch-tree. Nice, because when I see Nightjar before it see me I can approach close to the distance of good photo. But if Nightjar sees you first, more likely you have no photo [...... read more ]

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New service on site

2016-09-08 | Askar Isabekov

Dear friends. Please check the new service of the site. Now you can go the pages of Photoseries directly from the map on the page of the Gallery of the species (subspecies). You need only click to marker, then click to the link in the opened window with the name of place of the photo shooting.Attention! The icon of the marker (blue bird) was taken from the Internet. If there are willing to offer its own design, please send png-file (size approximately 40x40px, mask) to email Since we plan to show on the map not only positions of photoseries but also positions of the watching sites please send the marker's design in different colors, or different design. [...... read more ]

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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Big Year 2018

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1. Askar Isabekov (127)
2. Boris Gubin (112)
3. Alexandr Belyaev (84)
4. Alexandr Katuncev (71)
5. Anna Yasko (67)


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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