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.
Crested Lark in SE Kazakhstan semi-desert 22 Sep 2014
Ruddy Shelduck (lots)
Great-crested Grebe (lots)
Cormorants – from the thousands of last month, down to around 50
Black Kite – the hundreds over the last month have now trickled down to about 70 during the day. Still impressive
Little Stint – not as many as earlier this month
Black-headed Gull (not as many as earlier visits)
Oriental Turtle Dove
Asian Short-toed Lark
Hume’s Leaf Warbler