Tag Archives: Tienshan

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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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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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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Autumn in Ili-Alatau National Park, Tienshan Mountains

Headed into the mountains this morning leaving before dawn.  The colours are impressive now and although no bird photos worth sharing, it was a great morning.  Rained lightly all morning.  Best birding was above Big Almaty Lake at about 2,500m … Continue reading

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