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Kazakhstan, Wanders in Central Asia (1 Viewer)


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I can only imagine how you feel with the awful events that followed with the Malaysian airliner.

Bet that's the last of your trips abroad !!;)


Mike Kilburn
Hong Kong
A fine ploy to use the Kazakh army as Ibisbill beaters - once one.

Glad to hear you nailed most of your targets despite the bother.

That singing White tailed Rubythroat was really your first Rubythroat ever? - I'm surprised. Still what an superb way to kick off the party!


PS gripped - again - on Black Grouse - I dipped in the Chinese Tian Shan, close to a site for Altai Accentor and Himalayan Snowcock . . .


Registered User
Thank you for another wonderful trip report!
Strictly from a selfish perspective, I hope your future trips don't include contact with the military. They are just too unpredictable to be around.


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Great trip report as usual Jos, but where's the rest of the photos, I feel short changed :)

That situation with the military would do my nut in I think, such a beautiful location in sight and you are constantly worrying about being arrested or perhaps the subject of some friendly fire.


ps Kazakhstan is where a certain extremely gripping photo of Oriental Plover being mobbed by a Caspian Plover was once taken:

and full photo here:

Jos Stratford

Eastern Exile
A few photographs to round things off...

First, Sogety Plains and its wildlife...

1. The setting.
2. Great Gerbil (or at least what I think is Great Gerbil!)
3. Pallas's Sandgrouse
4. Turkestan Shrike
5. Mongolian Finch


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Jos Stratford

Eastern Exile

1. Road north
2. Road west
3. Black-bellied Sandgrouse
4. Black-bellied Sandgrouse
5. Long-legged Buzzard


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Jos Stratford

Eastern Exile
More Kanshengel...

1. Caspian Plover
2. Caspian Plover


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Jos Stratford

Eastern Exile
Little stuff...

1. Isabelline Wheatear
2. Calandra Lark
3. Calandra Lark
4. Asian Desert Warbler


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Jos Stratford

Eastern Exile

1. Forest at dusk
2. White-winged Woodpecker.
3. Turkestan Tit.
4. Yellow-eyed Dove.

Doves were really neat, these impressed me.


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Jos Stratford

Eastern Exile
Tien Shan...
1. Big Almaty Lke (Ibisbill are on the braided stream at the far end, a little difficult to see on this image!)
2. Cosmo Station (Himallayan Snowcock were on slope in the foreground, Altai Accentor was at the base of the scree slope behind and left of the station)
3. Grey Marmot
4. Stoat
5. Red Pika


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