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  • Siberia 2014 16 days in May/June. Lake

    Baikal, taiga & wetlands


  • Welcome to 16 days Siberia birding tour with Miksture

    From 29.05 – 13.06 2014. Springtime is a favorite time of year for birding Siberia. The migrants already

    turned up, and the bird’s activity is on its peak and provides challenging and exciting birding. The

    late spring makes the vegetation fresh and green, the light is clear and sunny, excellent for photo-

    graphing – the temperature is comfortable for birding. Siberia provides some of the most prolific

    and rewarding birding and some of the most wanted bird species - species known as dream-

    species in our field guides. We have found the best people providing good meals, problem less and

    smooth way of making the tour, and of course the locations are well known by us. We don’t make

    any compromise to find the birds, however we always make priority not to flush and frighten the

    birds. This is mouthwatering bird watching in the best birding areas in central Siberia and our theme

    is to see and experience as many of the regions birds as possible. Nevertheless it’s also an unrivalled

    way of travelling through the regions magnificent landscapes and meets the regions people. These

    areas has for decades been almost impossible to travel, though well-known for the excellent birds.

    Indeed a journey in the taiga and marshes. Quality is our keyword, which means maximum time in

    the field for birdwatching, good comradeship, descent food, beautiful nature and magnificent

    landscapes. The expedition is well-planned, researched and guided by Michael and his team. So

    you are in good hands.

    The wide range of habitats is reflected in an exciting avifauna which encompasses both mainly Si-

    berian species, including species unique to the taiga habitat. Prime specialties include: Falcated

    Duck, Long-toed Stint, Swinhoe’s snipe, Pintail Snipe, Oriental Cuckoo, Great Grey Owl, Ural Owl,

    White-throated Needletail, Grey-headed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Crested Hon-

    ey Buzzard, Pied Harrier, Greater Spotted Eagle, Amur falcon, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Besra, Rich-

    ard’s Pipit, Olive -backed Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Rufous-tailed Robin, Siberian Rubythroat, Siberian

    Blue Robin, Red-flanked Bluetail, Siberian Thrush, Eye-browed Thrush, Dark-throated Thrush, Spotted

    Bush Warbler, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceloated Warbler, Thick-billed Warbler, Arctic War-

    bler, Pallas’s Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Radde’s Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Naumann´S Thrush,

    Dark-sided Flycatcher, Taiga Flycatcher, Brown Flycatcher, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Siberian Jay, Az-

    ure-winged Magpie, Daurian Jackdaw, White-cheeked Starling, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Asian Rosy

    Finch, Pallas Rosefinch, Meadow Bunting, Chestnut Bunting, Yellow-breasted Bunting, Pallas’s Reed

    Bunting, Yellow-browed Bunting, Little Bunting, Chestnut Bunting, Black-faced Bunting, Pine Bunting

    Emberiza, etc. This journey provides excellent birding in this great country, and Miksture knows thor-

    oughly the locations and the birds of course - in short: the best and most rewarding birding. Our

    team provides good meals, and we always make the journey as comfortable and smooth as possi-

    ble. We don’t make any compromises, however we always make priority not to flush and frighten

    the birds.

    Tour start and concludes: In Irkutsk. We meet either in Irkutsk or enroute in Moskau

    Friendly greetings, Michael Westerbjerg Andersen, tour-leader and owner of Miksture

  • Siberian birding when it’s best!

    Siberia is one of the important breeding and stopover sites for Palearctic species. Breeding birds

    occur in many different habitats (from taiga forest through different steppes and wetlands). Beauti-

    ful landscape and quiet lifestyle attract many birdwatchers to Siberia.

    The very name Siberia conjures images of a vast, remote and distant land; the land of the un-

    known. The Republic of Buryatia is a federal subject of Russia. Its area is slightly over 350,000 km²

    with a population of almost one million. Its capital is Ulan-Ude. The republic is located in the South-

    Central region of Siberia along the eastern shore of Lake Baikal. The total area of the republic is

    351.3 km², which is about the territory of Germany. It is bounded by Irkutsk and Chita regions, Re-

    public of Tuva and Mongolia and is washed by one of the greatest and magnificent lakes in the

    world — Lake Baikal. There are more than 300 sunny days yearly in Buryatia - the climate is dry, win-

    ters without severe frosts and temperature in summer being not so high. By its diversity the Buryat

    landscape can be equally compared to Swiss Alps, steppes of Mongolia or the woods and plains of

    the European part of Russia.

    Lake Baikal was known as the "North Sea" in historical Chinese texts. It was situated in the then

    Xiongnu territory. Very little was known to Europeans about the lake until the Russian expansion into

    the area in the 17th century. The first Russian explorer to reach Lake Baikal was Kurbat Ivanov in

    1643. The Trans-Siberian railway was built between 1896 and 1902. The scenic railway around the

    southwestern end of Lake Baikal required 200 bridges and 33 tunnels; until its completion, a train

    ferry transported railcars across the lake (from Port Baikal to Mysovaya) for a number of years. Be-

    ginning in 1956, the impounding of the Irkutsk Dam on the Angara River raised the level of the lake

    by 1.4 m. As the railway was being built, a large hydro geographical expedition headed by F.K.

    Drizhenko produced the first detailed atlas of the contours of Baikal's depths. Known as the

    "Galápagos of Russia", its age and isolation have produced some of the world's richest and most

    unusual freshwater fauna. Lake Baikal is in a rift valley, created by the Baikal Rift Zone, where the

    crust of the earth is pulling apart. At 636 kilometers long and 79 km wide, Lake Baikal has the largest

    surface area of any freshwater lake in Asia (31,722 km²) and is the deepest lake in the world

    (1,642 m). The bottom of the lake is 1,186.5 meters below sea level, but below this lies some 7 km of

    sediment, placing the rift floor some 8–11 kilometers below the surface: the deepest continental rift

    on Earth. In geological terms, the rift is young and active - it widens about two cm per year. The

    fault zone is also seismically active; there are hot springs in the area and notable earthquakes every

    few years. The lake drains into the Angara tributary of the Yenisei. Its age is estimated at 25–30 mil-

    lion years, making it one of the most ancient lakes in geological history. It is unique among large,

    high-latitude lakes, in that its sediments have not been scoured by overriding continental ice

    sheets. U.S. and Russian studies of core sediment in the 1990s provide a detailed record of climatic

    variation over the past 250,000 years. Longer and deeper sediment cores are expected in the near

    future. Lake Baikal is furthermore the only confined fresh water lake in which direct and indirect ev-

    idence of gas hydrates exists. The lake is completely surrounded by mountains. The Baikal Moun-

    tains on the north shore and the taiga are technically protected as a national park. It contains 27

    islands; the largest, Olkhon, is 72 km long and is the third-largest lake-bound island in the world. The

    lake is fed by as many as three hundred and thirty inflowing rivers. The main ones draining directly

    into Baikal are the Selenga River, the Barguzin River, the Upper Angara River, the Turka River, the

    Sarma River and the Snezhnaya River. It is drained through a single outlet, the Angara River. Despite

    its great depth, the lake's waters are well-mixed and well-oxygenated throughout the water col-

    umn, compared to the stratification that occurs in such bodies of water as Lake Tanganyika and

    the Black Sea.

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