Tag Archives: Buzzard

Winter Wonderland

Headed out this week (1st week of Feb 2016) into the wonderful winter landscape N of Almaty Kazakhstan.  Great birding – 32 species including eagles, winter ducks and a few LBJs Full list: 80 Whooper Swan 2 Ruddy Shelduck 100s … Continue reading

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Raptorfest

This week, I visited a favourite birding spot near to Almaty and what I discovered blew my mind.  Hundreds of eagles, lots of Steppe Eagles but mostly White-tailed Eagles – the most I have ever seen in one place.  Most … Continue reading

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Oilseed Rape Farming Increase = Voles Increase = Common Buzzard Increase

So that’s why there has been such an increase in Common Buzzard populations over the last 30 years in Western Europe.  Farmers turned to growing oilseed rape once it became profitable and the effects have been great for these raptors. … Continue reading

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Eagles of the Steppes & Mountains of SE Kazakhstan

We are fortunate to have some great raptors in our SE Kazakhstan region.  Almaty is at the divide between Palearctic and Himalayan flora and fauna species so we are doubly blessed. Steppe Eagles are the most numerous and our lakes … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan Steppes in October

Yesterday (Friday) I took off for the day to the wilderness with a pal to check out the bird migration scene and to try to locate a dump way out of the city which I was told is an eagle … Continue reading

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Long-legged Buzzard, Kazakhstan

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Sorbulak Birding Review 01 Oct 2014

Our birding trip to Sorbulak Lake did not turn out as planned as my birding partner had to attend an unexpected meeting late morning.  We normally leave at 6 a.m and at this time of year we are well on … Continue reading

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