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Old Thursday 29th November 2018, 15:46   #51
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Two the most common big non-raptor birds in Khakassia, Altai Krai, and Altai Republic is demoiselle crane and grey heron. Near my home, around Novosibirsk i can see only common crane. Demoiselle crane is almost absent in so high latitude. But the gray heron is a common bird in Novosibirsk region too.
I know several colonies of gray heron, one of which is about 20 km from my home. The negative impact of the colony on the health of the forest so big that it looks like round white stain on a satellite photos like Google Earth.
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On the southern border, large and wet Sayan mountains divide Khakassia from Tuva. Tuva is one of the few regions of Russia where people practice Buddhism. Central and biggest part of Tuva is a dry rocky depression with altitudes about 600-900 m asl, surrounded by mountains. The trees can only grow along rivers in this part of Tuva. In these floodplain forests you can see booted eagles and black storks. Booted eagles are very rare species in other parts of Western Siberia except Tuva and Gorny Altai. On these photos you can see Sayan Mountains, Stupa in Shagonar town, Tuva, The booted eagle from the slopes of the ridge Uyuk and the water pipit from West Sayan Pass.
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Old Monday 3rd December 2018, 09:58   #53
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When we go to Tuva from Novosibirsk, we need to drive more then 1500 km through 5 regions of Russia. The entire journey can last from 3500 to 4000 kilometers. But the small population and a very unusual geographical location make Tuva's avian world very rich.
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Old Monday 3rd December 2018, 10:34   #54
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Black-throated loons are rare and sporadic species on South of Western Siberia. Loons nest on some alpine lakes of Altai and Tuva as well as on lakes in the pine forests on the Altai plains. Colonies of lesser kestrel you can see also in Tuva and South of Altai.
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Old Monday 3rd December 2018, 10:48   #55
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And i will be very grateful to one of you who make me understand how in this snapshot the kite moved? I can not explain it! What is the crosswing?
It's a posture adopted by many birds when slowing down to land I'd say, is that what you mean?
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No, I see the tail of the bird in the right side of the photo and the primares of both wings between the bird and the observer. And I can not understand which wing is left and which is right?
And one more thing, the kite is not slowing down to land but it is turning around.
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And i will be very grateful to one of you who make me understand how in this snapshot the kite moved? I can not explain it! What is the crosswing?
bird is facing to the left, with tail trailing behind to the right.

left wing is pointing directly at us with the primaries flared.

underside of right wing is visible leading ahead of the bird

this kestrel

http://www.northernexposure.fi/media...strel-hovering

in a similar pose but reversed

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So much time has passed from my last post! Winter is fast, and almost every weekend we drive 200-400 km out of the city along snow-covered country roads. So many little birds were on a roadside last winter and so contrastly fewer ones in this year! Instead, we meet a lot of owls this winter! Most common birds is northern hawk owl, we meet a several birds every weekend. Yesterday I first heard the hawk owl's call! I stood under a telegraph pole with an owl at the top and spoke, and the owl answered me every time.
Also, yesterday we have meet a snowy owl! I do not know if this is a young male or an old female - it is too dark for an old male, and too light for a female.
If someone knows, please answer!
Last week, our neighbors from Kemerovo met the saker and the gyrfalcon.It is very interesting that falcons from the south and from the north wintering in the same place halfway from each other's nests!
The weather is not so warm, about -20 C degrees, but meteorologists promise -40C for the coming weekend. Alas, have to stay at home!
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Thank you very much! Winter is ending. In Novosibirsk, sometimes the temperature rises above zero. But the snow will still cover the ground in a continuous layer for about a month. I have not talked about Altai yet. But this is the most interesting part of Western Siberia for birdwatching. Altai Krai begins one hundred kilometers south of Novosibirsk. The northern part of the region is covered with forest-steppe. In the west there are huge wetlands with salt lakes and steppe. In the south, about 300 km from our city, is the northern boundary of the Altai Mountains. Further south, the mountains rise. 700-800 km to the south lies the border with Mongolia. Here is the Chuya steppe, surrounded by high ridges. Its height is 1800m above sea level. In the steppe and the surrounding mountains you can find many rare species of birds. So big as lammergeier and so small as different mountain finches. The ubiquitous Arabs have not yet caught the last Saker Falcons here. There are still herds of mountain rams and goats, so large vultures also find for themselves food. Last summer we spent two weeks here and met steppe eagles, black vultures, lammergeiers, and sakers.
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A special subspecies of Merlin lives in the mountains. There is one of the most dense breeding groups of the imperial eagle in the Ust-Kan steppe in middle Altai.
First photo - the same young Saker as in post above, second photo - one bird of breeding Merlin pair we have found on a shore of one of highland lakes of Altai last summer, third photo - the young steppe eagle over Saylgemski ridge. Fourth - the imperial eagle over north border of Altai mountins.
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Great shots as usual, very envious of the Saker, a bird I'm yet to catch up with.
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Great shots as usual, very envious of the Saker, a bird I'm yet to catch up with.
Thank you! Specially for you: the Saker above South-Chuysky ridge. Come to Altai or Sayan, here you can sometimes find this falcon.
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Last summer, my wife and I met a truly unique bird for Russia. Imagine that in the 21st century it was photographed in our country only once. Our observation was the second. And this bird is not so small that it can be overlooked. I'm talking about the Pallas's Fish Eagle. This unique migrant of the Northern Hemisphere nestings to the South of the Himalayas and flies to wintering to the North. That is, it wintering in the summer! This is the rarest of the largest birds of prey of Eurasia. This species is on the verge of extinction. We stopped on the bank of the mountain river Charysh on the northernmost border of the Altai Mountains. It was just a quarter of an hour stopping to give a rest to ourselves and the children. When we were ready to go further, we saw a large eagle flying over the river from South to North. A gray crow and a black kite appeared from nowhere and began to chase the eagle. He found an ascending stream above the river bank, climb quickly and overtake the pursuers. I imagine that from this height he perfectly saw the huge pre-Altai plain. And maybe even the valley of the Ob River and the chain of lakes along the pine forests.
Unfortunately, we could not identify the bird at that moment. We thought it was an imperial eagle. Only at home, our friend, a very famous expert on birds of prey, identified the eagle from our photographs.
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Wow, what a find!

Are you aware of this Yahoo group, '[email protected]'?
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Wow, what a find!

Are you aware of this Yahoo group, '[email protected]'?
No, i use forum of Russian bird conservation union http://www.rbcu.ru/ and forum of Siberian birdwatching community http://sibirds.ru/index.php?l=en

And forum of Russian raptor conservation network too http://rrrcn.ru/en/
And local mailing "academbirds" of birdwatching community of Novosibirsk...

A little too much for me :)
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