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Anytime: full (or half) days are best
English, French (conversational), Russian (conversational)
My base in Almaty offers rich diversity: mountains with Himalayan species; semi-desert and steppe grasslands, lakes and occasional tree and coppices (Palearctic species); rocky gorges and rivers - all within close proximity. Birding is best in May and early June during spring migration although exciting birds are here year round, even in winter with our White-tailed Eagles at their larders of winter wildfowl from the far north.
In my 4x4, scoping and photography kit, I head out at least weekly during spring/autumn migration and at least bi-weekly for the rest of the year.
Full days are best but even a few hours can reveal lots of excitement.
Ili-Alatau NAtional Park (Tienshan Mtns), Sorbulak Lakes, Charyn Gorge region
I have been birding off and on for almost a decade, but
still consider myself an amateur. However, I would like to meet others, either living here or traveling through,
to go bird watching in this area.
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