Sunshine Coast Birds

Birding and other wildlife experiences from the Sunshine Coast and elsewhere in Australia - and from overseas - with scribblings about travel, environmental issues, kayaking, hiking and camping.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Birding the Mountains of Southern Kazakhstan

The Tien Shen Mountains in southern Kazakhstan is a good site for Ibisbill. This one was on the shore of Big Almaty Lake. I spent two days in the mountains during my 8-day visit to Kazakhstan.

A few Mistle Thrushes appeared to be moving through the area around The Observatoy in the Tien Shen Mountains in the company of Altai Accentors.
Not a great shot but Black-throated Accentor appeared to be all over the place at times.
 Blue-capped Redstart in the conifers below our hotel in the Tien Shen Mountains.
A Wallcreeper above rocks at Big Almaty Lake. I did not expect to come across a pair of these.
The Tien Shen Mountains... very scenic.
I flushed a pair of Himalayan Snowcock at this spot, high in the mountains.
 I travelled in Kazakhstan with Misha Danichkin, who organised things... a lovely bloke and impressively efficient. I can recommend him:

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