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Almaty. Republic Square.

2008-02-25 | Askar Isabekov

Saw large raptor (Goshawk or large falcon) ) turning over the square with a trophy (crow or pigeon). The raptor was much larger than a victim. [...... read more ]


The Ile valley.

2008-02-23 | Askar Isabekov

The oncoming of the spring already feels. Everywhere in steppe there is no any more snow but iced pools on the lowlands. Still one week ago I easy went on snow on the reservoir, but today snow was not present, and Mew Gulls sat on thin ice under which water darkens. In the same place on ice four Mallards sat also. Over the reservoir White-tailed Sea-Eagle (probably local resident) and White Egret flew by. The recent big snowfall covered steppe by white snow, but open places of wet sand and clay became. Open places with a grass are not present. Therefore small birdies (the Great Tits, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Bramblings, Grey-headed Goldfinches) fed in a grass under russian olive. There were Blackbirds and Black-throated Thrushes in the same place. [...... read more ]


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Almaty. Republic Square.

2008-02-20 | Askar Isabekov

Probably it is possible to tell spring is already close. Till a dinner day was warm and sunny. On the Square saw only sporadic Blackbirds and Great Tits. Except these usual birds I observed only two Coal Tits and one Chaffinch. This winter is poor to birds. I congratulate all birdwatchers with the Day of Ornithologist (February 19th). [...... read more ]


Ile, Enbekshikazakh regions. Almaty oblast.

2008-02-18 | Askar Isabekov

The windy at time overcast day. In Kazakhstan on the winter time the russian olive (or djida) is the basic forage to many birds. On the Ile river valley the russian olive vegetates in many places. Today several hours I observed birds near thickets of djida. Common birds are Magpies, Greenfinches, Black-throated Thrushes. Frightened off Thrushes often do not depart but fade. Considering grey protective coloring and immovability the birds become absolutely imperceptible. One Black-throated Thrush even nestled to a trunk of djida to be less appreciable. Sometimes sporadic Blackbirds, Tree Sparrows were observed. The flock of Fildfares was arrived. Fildfares was arrived orderly by flight at 20-30 birds, sat down on a high tree, looked round and dispersed on bushes. At flying away all actions occurred inversely: by a danger signal all birds flew up on a high tree, looked around and then together departed. Almost at once I found Stock Pigeon. The Pigeon sat very conspicuously, almost horizontally. [...... read more ]


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Ile region. Almaty oblast.

2008-02-17 | Askar Isabekov

A rare sunny day. On Kapchagai reservoir ice does not still thawed. Near to the reservoir probably because of high humidity there is a fog and trees are covered by hoarfrost. There were no birds absolutely. Near Jetygen on the roadside it was a lot of Rooks, Magpies and Jackdaws. Near Janalyk on russian olive thickets from time to time flocks of Blackbirds and Black-throated Thrushes observed. Once saw a flock of Greenfinches and once three Grey-headed Goldfinches. In Baiserke the Common Kestrel sat on a cable column, along a road the male Hen Harrier flew. Three times saw Buzzards, but all three birds did not allow watching themselves, therefore I can not identify it. Also saw Stock Pigeon, but didn't photograph it, Pigeon didn't allow coming up closer than on 50 meters. [...... read more ]


Tonkeris. Talgar region. Almaty oblast.

2008-02-09 | Askar Isabekov

First I visited The russian olive thickets nearby Janashar. On russian olive saw only usual Blackbirds, Black-throated Thrushes and Tree Sparrows. On the roadside few times noticed Azure Tits and Grey-headed Goldfinches. A bit further near Kosmos in the elm thickets large predators were noticeable from away. Most likely, they were Upland Buzzards which are a lot on the south-east Kazakhstan in the winter. Also I noticed two Upland and one Long-legged Buzzards nearby Tonkeris. In the same place saw also the female Hen Harrier. The white waist and a long tail were very well appreciable. The bird sat on the destroyed structures and then flied up. On the roadside much corn grains were scattered, Jackdaws, Rooks and Yellowhammers pecked these corn. On russian olives near Tonkeris there were only Blackbirds and Black-throated Thrushes. The Great Grey Shrike looked out a victim from wires about canes. At this time it became already absolutely murky and it was snowing. Birds were not visible any [...... read more ]


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Little Almaty gorge.

2008-02-07 | Askar Isabekov

On the road to Medeo saw the pair of Ravens in the sky. [...... read more ]


Kastek gorge. Zhambyl region. Almaty oblast.

2008-02-02 | Askar Isabekov

I heard about Kastek gorge for a long time, but I decided to go on a today's trip because I heard information that in the beginning of January people some times saw White Egrets on river floods in Kastek gorge. Till the road to Akkainar the noticeable birds were only several Upland Buzzards and the Pheasants fed directly on a roadside. But right after turn onto mountains we met Great Grey Shrike. Great Grey Shrike is a rare enough bird. Therefore I made some attempts to photograph it. All time Shrike was close to road, sat down on tops of the roadside elms only sometimes flew to the reeds. It was not clear what Shrike is fed, because we didn't see any small birds nearby this place. The situation became clear after we met a flock of Yellowhammers (later on the back way I saw Shrike chased Yellowhammer). On floods of the Kastek river we didn't see Egrets. On the river there was only one White-bellied Dipper, and Crested Larks were fed nearby road. It is a lot of Crested Larks in Kastek village [...... read more ]


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Abdikhalyk Sanzhar
Afanasiev Maxim
Aleinikova Svetlana
Azanov Aleksey
Bairashev Raouf
Balykin Alexandr
Baskakova Svetlana
Baskakova Svetlana
Batyrkhanuly Kanat
Bazdyrev Andrey
Belousov Yevgeny
Belousow Mishail
Belyaev Alexandr
Belyaev Ivan
Belyalov Oleg
Bobachenko Elena
Boksorn Alina
Bolshakov Aleksey
Borisov Eugeny
Borodin Andrey
Bredihina Nina
Buhl Johannes
Burkovsky Oleksandr
Buyanova Julia
Campeau Philippe
Chapurin Vladimir
Cherepanov Andrey
Chumakov Sergey
Davydik Konstantin
Demina Maria
Dubikovskiy Dmitry
Dvurekov Igor
Dyachenko Egor
Dyakin Gennadiy
Dyussebayeva Madina
Ebel Alexei
Erokhin Dmitry
Fattakhova Olga
Fedorenko Vassiliy
Fedotova Ekaterina
Fefelov Igor
Feldman Aleksandr
Flechtner Georg Stephan
Fokina Antonina
Garms Oleg
Gashkov Sergey
Gedziuk Vlad
Gontcharov Aleksandr
Gorelov Ignat
Govorova Elena
Gubin Boris
Guskov Aleksandr
Hristolyubova Galina
Isabekov Askar
Isakul Elnur
Ivanov Mihail
Ivushkin Vadim
Kaistro Viacheslav
Kalagin Mikhail
Kalashnikov Miphail
Kalinskiy Victor
Kalistratov Sergey
Kalyuzhnov Viktor
Karplyuk Pavel
Karyakin Igor
Katanova Galina
Katuncev Alexandr
Kazenas Vladimir
Khokhryakova Svetlana
Kim Natali
Kirillin Ruslan
Kiselev Andrei
Klasan Steve
Kleymenova Elena
Klyubina Yuliya
Kochetkov Alexandr
Kodrul Yuriy
Kolenov Sergey
Kolesnikov Viktor
Komarovskiy Alex
Komarovskyi Dmytro
Kondratenko Galina
Korshikov Leonid
Koshkin Aleksey
Koshkina Alyona
Kovalenko Andrey
Kovalev Konstantin
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Kozytsky Igor
Kulenko Sergej
Kurochkin Alexey
Kuryashkin Andrei
Kuzmin Anatoliy
Lastukhin Albert
Latysh Igor
Lavrenchuk Ivan
Lazanov Aleksey
Leskovski Anatol
Levy Semion
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Makhnina Alexandra
Malkov Yuriy
Malygina Olga
Malykina Irina
Mardonova Luiza
Martinson Stanislav
Masalev Alexandr
Meek Albert
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Moroz Viktor
Mosienko Vitaliy
Motyshev Nursultan
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Muravskiy Vladimir
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Natykanets Victor
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Nevski Michael
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Nukusbekov Malik
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Ortlieb Leon
Pankratov Vladimir
Pavlenko Elena
Petrovych Serhii
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Pleshkova Yana
Plotnikova Olga
Popov Oleg
Popova Irina
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Priezzhih Vera
Prokopchuk Vadim
Raldugina Oksana
Rogal' Alexander
Romanov Konstantin
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Saparbayev Aldiyar
Sapuga Alex
Semenova Tatiana
Sevidov Viktor
Shapira Michael
Shatalov Andrey
Shcherbakov Igor
Shefer Vladimir
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Shmygalev Sergei
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Shteinbrenner Nina
Shursha Sergey
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Skachko Aleksandr
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Torgachkin Igor
Travelian Sergo
Turkovskiy ivan
Ukolov Ilya
Urazaliyev Ruslan
Vasilchenko Anna
Vedernikov Mikhail
Vilyayev Andrey
Vishnevskiy Vasiliy
Volkov Sergey
Volkov Sergey L.
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Vyalkov Andrey
Yablokov Nikita
Yakovlev Alexander
Yasko Anna
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Zenkov Valentin
Zhbir Denis
Zhukov Victor
Zhurtov Khasan
Zolotov Alexey
Zotova Anastassiya
Zubareva Marina
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rare birds records


Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

© Igor Kozytsky
2020-02-16
Kharkivs'rf obl., Mala Rohan', Rohanka river

Rare migratory and wintering visitor. Just over ten observations are known in Ukraine.


Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus caeruleocephalus)

© Andrey Kovalenko
2020-02-10
Almaty.

First winter record of Blue-capped Redstart in Kazakhstan. Normally it appears in mid-March, Closest spring record in birds.kz was at March 2nd (20 days gap).


White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes)

© Vladimir Vorobyov
2020-02-01
VKO Katon-Karagay

Rare record of White-winged Grosbeak in Altai. Previously observed at February 7 1978 and November 29 1981 (Berezovikov et al, 1992; Berezovikov, 1989). Sergei Starikov recognizes White-winged Grosbeak as resident of upper Bukhtarma river, in altitude 2200 m he observed territorial behavior of couple (Starikov, 2006).


Snow Pigeon (Columba leuconota)

© Fedor Shakula
2015-07-11
Zaalaisky ridge, altitude 3800 m

Rare record and first photo-record of Snow Pigeon in Kyrgyzstan. Most recent records of Snow Pigeon are related to summer of 1985, when E.D.Shukurov during 5 days found 4 Pigeons in mountains of Alai ridge, and 3 ones in north slope of Chonalai ridge. Birds were observed in altitude 3000-3330 m. Nest with eggs was found by E.D.Shukurov at June 14, 1985 in canyon of northern slope of Chonalai ridge in altitude 3200 m. In Zaalai ridge S.V.Kulagin observed Snow Pigeon several years ago in Ichke Suu, close to Lenin Peak area, but he couldn't take photo of bird.

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