Tag Archives: Central Asia

Sunny September Day in Almaty

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Kazakhstan Birding August 2015

Field trip on 15 August 2015.  Total of 62 species were recorded.  More details to follow

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Birding Tour of Kazakhstan

Just completed an incredible 12 day tour of Kazakhstan with http://www.rubythroatbirding.com 222 birds seen and heard including this rare glimpse of the critically endangered Sociable Plover, doing what they should be doing to perpetuate their sadly declining species. Not a … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland in the Steppes of Central Asia

Winter Steppe Wonderland After the warmth of United Arab Emirates, back to the winter cold of Kazakhstan. Since arriving in Almaty, the weather has been dreary, with regular snowfalls. The Tien Shan Mountains rise to 5,000 metres (16,404ft) within sight … Continue reading

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Swans, Ducks and Eagles

Its hard to beat autumn in Almaty Kazakhstan.  From mid-September until mid-November, sometimes later, apart from the odd wet snowy squall, the weather is fine, mild and usually sunny.  And this was exactly what we enjoyed at Sorbulak on Monday: … Continue reading

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On the River Bank

I ticked it! A lifer! At long last! A beautiful WALLCREEPER, after years of searching This is a public domain photo.  Unfortunately the little fella wouldn’t stay still for longer than a few seconds and flew off up the gully … Continue reading

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Autumn in the Tienshan Mountains

On the spur of the moment, decided to head into the mountains as the weather was perfect: sunny warm at +15degC and only a light breeze in exposed places.  Didn’t need coats, gloves and hats even at 2,500m a.s.l.  We … Continue reading

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