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Best photos of the month, May 2019.

Little Bittern | Gennadiy Dyakin | 17

White-throated Robin | Malik Nukusbekov | 16

Glossy Ibis | Andrey Kovalenko | 14

White-throated Robin | Malik Nukusbekov | 14

Short-toed Snake-Eagle | Malik Nukusbekov | 13

Common Sandpiper | Alexandr Belyaev | 13

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush | Gennadiy Dyakin | 12

European Bee-eater | Konstantin Andrussenko | 12

Northern Shoveler | Natali Kim | 11

Common Kingfisher | Natali Kim | 11

Barn Swallow | Ivan Bevza | 11

Fieldfare | Konstantin Andrussenko | 11

Rosy Starling | Konstantin Andrussenko | 11

Hoopoe | Marina Merz | 11

Purple Heron | Andrey Kovalenko | 10

White-tailed Lapwing | Andrey Kovalenko | 10

Little Bittern | Gennadiy Dyakin | 10

Common Pochard | Oleg Belyalov | 10

Tufted Duck | Oleg Belyalov | 10

Eurasian Wryneck | Natali Kim | 10

Eurasian Redstart | Konstantin Andrussenko | 10

Paddyfield Warbler | Marina Gudimova | 10

North Mongolian Yellow Wagtail | Gennadiy Dyakin | 9

Pine Bunting | Oleg Belyalov | 9

Demoiselle Crane | Oleg Belyalov | 9

Common Teal | Natali Kim | 9

Black Stork | Malik Nukusbekov | 9

Savi's Warbler | Alexandr Belyaev | 9

Arctic Loon | Alexandr Belyaev | 9

Eurasian Redstart | Natali Kim | 9

Brown Accentor | Askar Isabekov | 8

Lesser Sand Plover | Gennadiy Dyakin | 8

Paddyfield Warbler | Gennadiy Dyakin | 8

Calandra Lark | Oleg Belyalov | 8

Red-flanked Bluetail | Oleg Belyalov | 8

Eurasian Redstart | Natali Kim | 8

Greenish Warbler | Natali Kim | 8

Marsh Sandpiper | Yuriy Malkov | 8

Pallid Harrier | Yuriy Malkov | 8

Crested Honey-Buzzard | Konstantin Andrussenko | 8

Booted Warbler | Konstantin Andrussenko | 8

Eurasian Redstart | Natali Kim | 8

Rosy Starling | Konstantin Andrussenko | 8

Greater Sand Plover | Gennadiy Dyakin | 7

Common Greenshank | Gennadiy Dyakin | 7

Temminck's Stint | Gennadiy Dyakin | 7

Long-tailed Shrike | Gennadiy Dyakin | 7

Purple Heron | Gennadiy Dyakin | 7

Pallid Harrier | Oleg Belyalov | 7

Eurasian Redstart | Natali Kim | 7

Cinereous Vulture | Yevgeny Belousov | 7

Demoiselle Crane | Serg Silan | 7

Black-tailed Godwit | Yuriy Malkov | 7

Common Greenshank | Yuriy Malkov | 7

Curlew Sandpiper | Yuriy Malkov | 7

Spotted Flycatcher | Anna Yasko | 7

rare birds records


Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

© Anna Yasko
2019-05-08
Aktau, Mangystau region

The second record of the Woodchat Shrike in Kazakhstan. The first one was recorded on May 3, 2015, also in Aktau (Mangistau).


Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)

© Yuriy Malkov
2019-04-24
karabalik

Rare passage migrant. One bird was observed in flock of the Greater White-fronted Gooses.


Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

© Alexandr Fedulin
2019-04-24

The second record of the Spanish Sparrow in the region. One female kept in a flock of the Tree Sparrow. Before one male was observed on the south coast of Tengiz on July 27, 2000 (Koshkin, 2017). This is still the most northern records of vagrant birds of this species.


Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

© Anna Yasko
2019-02-18
Aktau, Mangystau region

Rare record for Mangyshlak peninsuls. In the middle of the last century Red-breasted Goose was common migrant in coast of Mangyshlak (Gubin, 2015), due wintering place was in Southern Caspian Sea. Then wintering places moved to Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, in that regard the migration path changed.

Губин Б.М. Орнитофауна п-ова Мангышлак // Птицы пустынь Казахстана. Часть 1. Алматы, 2015.

Полевой определитель гусеобразных птиц России / ред.-сост. Е. Е. Сыроечковский. - Москва: Рабочая группа по гусеобразным Северной Евразии: Всероссийский научно-исследовательский ин-т охраны природы, 2011