Tag Archives: Mountains

Western Tienshan Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

As reported by BirdLife International, Europe and Central Asia, the Western Tienshan region of Kazakhstan has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not surprising as it is not only very beautiful, it also abounds with wonderful flora and fauna … Continue reading

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White-capped Bunting – rarity in Kazakhstan

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Springtime in Kazakhstan

The deluge of rain has made a huge difference this year in our SE corner of Kazakhstan. The land explodes with life in a myriad of colours, particularly lush green and gorgeous red hues of poppy. The rains will peter … 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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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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Disappointing Day

So our planned day out yesterday in the Kazakhstan Steppes failed to materialise because of unexpected and unavoidable commitments.  That’s twice now that I have published my intentions and they have failed – maybe I should keep my keyboard finger … 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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