Sunday, June 07, 2009
Kazakhstan Part 4: Mountains near Almaty
Sunrise hits the mountains looming above our Almaty hotel
Big Almaty Lake, purportedly home to Ibisbills, but we dipped (perhaps better later in the year, when the ice has melted somewhat)
These mountains echo to the lonesome wails of Himalayan Snowcocks
Lesser Grey Shrike
By Big Almaty Lake
This marmot looks pretty similar to the steppe version to me, but I was assured it was a different, mountain species...
Q: Why is Dale Forbes looking so pleased with himself?
A: After meditating over a dead beetle, he has just found a pair of Eversmann's Redstarts. Lovely.
Male and female Eversmann's Redstarts
Male Eversmann's Redstart