Birding trip Kazakhstan May 2015   -  Photos part 1: Kaskelen, Kokpek, Charyn (sites 1-6)
John van der Woude   -   see also main report
All photos where credit not mentioned are by Nollie or me. 

Valley near Kaskelen, west of Almaty. Hume's Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff common. Meadow Bunting despite intensive search not found. Good for raptors: Lammergeier, Golden Eagle. 

Juvenile (above) and adult (below) Brown Dipper in Kaskelen valley.

Azure Tit in Kaskelen valley. Photo Sander Bot/

Grey Wagtail.

Masked Wagtail.
Photo Sander Bot/
'Grey-crowned' Goldfinch C. carduelis paropanisi.
Photo Sander Bot/

The male Wallcreeper (Rotskruiper) I spotted from the bus at moderate speed. Luckily it stayed here a while when we stopped.

On our way from Almaty to the Kokpek pass. Huge poppy fields.
White-crowned Penduline-Tit along the highway to Kokpek pass.

Demoiselle Cranes (Jufferkraan). Part of a large flock crossing the highway to Kokpek pass.

View across the poppy fields to the Tien Shan mountain range. The White-crowned Penduline-Tits were in the trees on the right.

Fields further on with several migrant Tree Pipit on the ground but no luck with Richard's Pipit (Grote Pieper). Several Corn Buntings (Grauwe gors).

Lesser Grey Shrike (Kleine Klapekster) in the fields of the photo above.


Roadside shops in the few villages we crossed.

Near the Kokpek pass. The target bird here was White-capped Bunting.

White-capped Bunting. Lower photo by Sander Bot/

Dry stony valley east of the Kokpek pass (Sogeti valley system). Good for several specialties (see photos below; also Grey-necked Bunting, Steenortolaan). 

Pied Wheatear.

Turkestan Shrike, also called Red-tailed Shrike.

Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (Rode Rotslijster).

Asian Crimson-winged Finch (Rode Bergvink) near a well at the foot of the hills of the above photo. On our last visit in this area we also got Mongolian Finch, but not on the ground.

View across the Sogeti valley on the Tien Shan mountain range, from the hills of the above photo. In the plains below we had found Pallas's Sandgrouse (Steppehoen) in the morning.

Charyn canyon. 

Detail of the above photo.

In that shady spot of the previous two photos a lone Grey Wolf was sleeping! Hans' favourite mammal!

In the Sogeti valley bottom. Isabelline Wheatear (Izabeltapuit) on top of the bush.

Lesser Whitethroat (Braamsluiper) halimodendri type.

In search of Asian Desert Warbler (Woestijngrasmus) in the Sogeti valley bottom.

Asian Desert Warbler (Woestijngrasmus).

Turkestan (Red-tailed) Shrike.

Flower carpet in the semi-desert of the Sogeti valley.

Rock Sparrow (Rotsmus).

Lesser Kestrel (Kleine Torenvalk).

Little Owl (Steenuil) subspecies orientalis.

Part of the breakfast buffet in our Almaty hotel.