A natural history blog by Greg Roberts, Sunshine Coast, Australia
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: http://www.kyrgyzland.com/