Birdwatching tour - mountain species


11 days/ 10 nights

June 15-30

Steppes, forests, deserts and semideserts, picturesque lakes and high mountains of Kazakhstan give shelter to a great number of birds: about 500 species can be seen in different seasons; they represent 214 genuses, 60 families and 18 orders. You can see 13 species of a lark, 19 types of bunting and 59 types of sandpiper (plover).

Day 1.

Big Boguty mountains, Kokpek.  The birds of the day: Mongolian Finch, Crimson-winged Finch, Grey-necked Bunting, White-capped Bunting, Golden Eagle, Pale Sand Martin.

Day 2.

Canyon of Charyn river. The birds of the day: Himalayan Vulture, Meadow Bunting, Rock Bunting, Turkestan Shrike.

Day 3.

Day of moving to Big Almaty Lake. The roadside thickets is the habitat of Wood Pigeon (casiotis), Oriental Turtle Dove (meena), Indian Golden Oriole, Black-headed Penduline Tit. After arriving to Observatory we will rest and watch birds in vicinity.

Day 4-5.

Big Almaty Lake. The birds of the day: Himalayan Rubythroat, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Guldenstadt's Redstart are most

Day 6.

Day of moving to Western Tien Shan. In gorge there are Asian Paradise Flycatchers and some Eurasian species of local subspecies, such as Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus casiotis), серая мухоловка (Muscicapa striata sarudnyi), which we can to view in evening time.

Day 7.

Darbaza. The target birds of the day are: Egyptian Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard, Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Clamorous Reed Warbler.

Day 8.

Aksu-Zhabagly State Reserve. The target birds of the day are: Eurasian Griffon, Lammergeier, Hume's Whitethroat, Yellow-breasted Tit. The target birds of the day are: Black-breasted Tit, White-capped Bunting, Blue Whistling thrush, Yellow-breasted Tit.

Day 9.

Kelinshektau Rocks. In the bushes of foothills we will watch Turkestan Shrike, Isabelline and Pied Wheatears, Chuckar and Grey Partridges. The target birds of the day are: Griffon Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, Egyptian Vulture.

Day 10.

Berkara gorge. In the upper part of the gorge there is a chance to watch Golden Eagle, Upcher's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (halimadendri), Chuckar Partridge. The target birds of the day are: Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Golden Eagle.

Day 11.

Departure to Almaty.


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Charyn canyon (2)