Sorbulak Lake, Almaty Oblast 22 Sep 2014

On Monday this week, headed out to check Sorbulak Lakes in SE Kazakhstan as it is now well into the migration season.  Sorbulak Lake is generally located in a varied region with semi-desert, steppes, a number of smaller lakes and wetlands and areas with sparse trees. A little bit of everything for many travelling birds and this region is a stopover for many.

The weather was cool at 10degC at dawn following a wet night, but warmed up as the day progressed.  By noon it was in low 20s and sunny.  Beautiful weather for birding and for the increasing number of fishermen that started to appear after the hot days of summer tailed off.

Highlight of the day was a beautiful Long-legged Buzzard with a breakfast of snake.  List of birds shown below photos.

Birds of Kazakhstan Steppes

Crested Lark in SE Kazakhstan semi-desert 22 Sep 2014

Long-legged Buzzard with Snake 2

Long-legged Buzzard with snake for breakfast in semi-desert of SE Kazakhstan 22 Sep 2014

Long-legged Buzzard with Snake 1

Long-legged Buzzard with snake for breakfast in semi-desert of SE Kazakhstan 22 Sep 2014

Ruddy Shelduck (lots)




Tufted Duck

Little Grebe

Great-crested Grebe (lots)

Black-necked Grebe

Grey Heron

Great Egret

Great-white Pelican

Cormorants – from the thousands of last month, down to around 50

Common Kestrel


Black Kite – the hundreds over the last month have now trickled down to about 70 during the day.  Still impressive

Marsh Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Long-legged Buzzard

Steppe Eagle

Coot (hundreds)

Wood Sandpiper

Little Stint – not as many as earlier this month


Red-necked Phalarope

Black-headed Gull (not as many as earlier visits)

Caspian Gull

Great-spotted Woodpecker

Oriental Turtle Dove

Daurian Shrike



Carrion Crow

Hooded Crow


Great Tit

Sand Martin

Barn Swallow

Calandra lark

Asian Short-toed Lark

Crested Lark

Eastern Chiffchaff

Hume’s Leaf Warbler

Common Myna

Common Starling

Rose-coloured Starling

Northern Wheatear

House Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

White Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Tawny Pipit

Tree Pipit

About starrywazzoh

I'm a birder in Western Europe (UK, France & Spain) and Central Asia, with occasional visits elsewhere. Birding is my principal hobby and I dedicate as much time around work and other commitments.
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