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Kazakhstan May 11-July 11 2008

  • For my study I went to Kazakhstan for two months to study Penduline Tits. The first period was spent in the village of Dzhabagly for the White-crowned Penduline Tit, the second part in Topar for the Black-headed Penduline Tit...Sander Bot reports.

Central Asia May 2006

  • Three perfect days in the mountains were a perfect end to the tour.  The weather could not have been better and in the glorious sunshine, the birds performed beautifully.  A stunning male Servertov’s Tit Warbler danced around the bush tops just feet from us, as did a fine Sulphur-bellied Warbler...Steve Rooke reports for Sunbird

Kazakstan 5-20 May 2007

  • Kazakstan is the place to visit if you are interested in some of the most sought-after species in the Western Palearctic. Besides that it offers some fantastic scenery and a great variety of habitats...Henk Hendriks reports.

Eversmann's Redstart

Kazakhstan May - 2005, 235 Bird Species recorded

  • Once again the scenery was breathtaking, but all too soon we had to return to the Observatory Hotel for lunch. We hadn’t been there long when an Eversmann’s Redstart was found calling from a pine tree and it gave excellent views in a really picturesque setting....Nick Bray reports for Birdseekers Birdtours

Mongolian Finch

Kazakhstan 22 May–7 June 2004

  • We were delighted to awake to a clear sky, superb views of the mountains all around us and snowcocks calling. After breakfast, we drove up to another observatory situated 3300m up in the mountains. On the way up, we had good views of an Altai Accentor and a few Water Pipits. At the observatory we immediately picked up a fine male Güldenstädt's Redstart, which was quickly followed by both Red-billed & Yellow-billed Choughs....Vaughan Ashby reports for Birdfinders

Republic of Kazakhstan Sept 2003

  • The target species for most birdwatchers in Kazakhstan are Sociable Lapwing, Relict Gull, Yellow-eyed Stock Dove, White-throated Bushchat, Dalmatian Pelican, Pallid Harrier, Black-winged Pratincole, Panders Ground Jay, Saxaul Sparrow, Black Lark...Justin Jansen reports.

Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan 27.June – 20.July 2003

  • By 0500 am we crossed the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan; half and hour later we were in Bishkek. After accommodation, breakfast and few hours rest, we began bird watching...Michael Westerbjerg Andersen reports.

Kazakhstan 29th May till 10th June 2003

  • This trip covers a 13-day trip to Eastern and Northern Kazakhstan taken by Valère Dupont, Wim Heylen, Jos Rutten and David Van den Schoor. Our main aim was to see as many birds as possible which are extremely rare vagrants in the Western Palearctic like Pallas's Sandgrouse, Pale-backed Pigeon, Black- and White-winged Lark....David Van den Schoor reports

Kazakhstan May 25 to June 6, 2003

  • We saw some European Rollers and Lesser Grey Shrikes along the road. At the Sorbulak Lake, 2 male Citrine Wagtails, Dalmatian Pelicans, 1 Barabas' Gull, 4 Caspian Gulls, some Calandra Larks and ± 10 000 pairs of Rose-coloured Starlings ; along the road between the lake and Abjol, 1 Red-footed Falcon, 1 male Pallid Harrier, ± 6 Long-legged Buzzards, 1 Booted Eagle, 3 Steppe Eagles....Georges Olioso reports.

Kazakhstan August 2000

  • The previous evening had seen an unseasonable snow storm in the mountains so the boss-Algirdas- said that we'd better postpone the mountains for a day and we set off for Lake Bilikul, stopping at a gorge in the Karataut hills on the way.- the bird list the first day in a new area is bound to be good. ours was 84 species. rather a long list to put here, but included many Lesser Grey Shrikes, Red-headed Buntings, Collared Pratincoles. and raptors such as Montagu's Harners and Long-legged Buzzards. The views across the plains to the high peaks of the Tien Shan were stunning and I was eager to get closer to them....Dave Hanford reports



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Some Useful bird books for Kazakhstan:
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Birds of Central Asia (Helm Field Guides) [Paperback]
Manuel Schweizer et al: Buy from or

  • Birds of Central Asia is the first field guide to include the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, along with neighbouring Afghanistan. This vast area includes a diverse variety of habitats, and the avifauna is similarly broad, from sandgrouse, ground jays and larks on the vast steppe and semi-desert to a broad range of raptors, and from woodland species such as warblers and nuthatches to a suite of montane species, such as snowcocks, accentors and snowfinches.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • An excellent field guide covering most of the birds of the region. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators. (and it shows.) Check out the Wheatears and Larks and some of the other difficult to identify birds of Kazakstan.

Birds of the Middle East
R.F. Porter, S. Christensen, P. Schiermacker-Hansen: Buy from or

  • If your going to this region you must buy this book. It is a great break through. Comprehensive and complete, it eliminates the need to carry too many books in the field: we know how important that is! The text is well written by experts, and many of the plates are fantastic; those by John Gale especially stand out; just dream about those raptors! Birds of the Middle East" is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this region. It covers most of the species, likely to be seen in the area

Where to watch birds in Asia
Wheatley, Nigel: Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Asia deals with over 250 sites in detail, and more in passing, from Turkey to Thailand and India to Indonesia. It is designed as much for pre-planning birding trips as for use in the country or countries on the itinerary. The countries are dealt with alphabetically and after a general introduction, there are site details, which include a list of birds to be seen, organized under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities" and "Others"; a list of "Other Wildlife" is also included where there is something of particular interest.

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