The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Saryarka: Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan with a portfolio of photos that illustrate the landscape features and wildlife of the site. The slideshow begins with some images of the Korgalzhyn reserve, including an aerial view of its extensive swamplands followed by a satellite image of the lake complex here. The extensive steppe environments along the roadside on the approach to the lakes are shown, together with some of the typical larger birds – spoonbills, Dalmatian pelican, demoiselle cranes and a vast flock of geese. Aquatic margins have extensive areas of common Phragmites reed, and large numbers of waterfowl can be seen on the water, including wigeon, pochard, coot, mallard and white-headed duck, while greater flamingos move between the more brackish/saline waters. Pallas gulls congregate on meadows at the water’s margins while ruddy shelduck and Siberian white crane are shown in flight. The slideshow ends with a couple of photos from Naurzum State Nature Reserve, which includes a more diverse range of grassland and forest habitats and supports a population of the critically endangered Mongolian saiga antelope.
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Sue-Cro, Darren-Birgenheier, Hari-K-Patibanda, Alex-Curylo, Darwin-Initiative, Axelle-Piot, capepolly, GEF, Jose-Lama, Diresh-Duggiralla, Simon-Thompson, UNDP, Sergey-Yeliseev, Terr-bo, Williston-Library, Alder-Chang, Tony-Sutton, cuatrok77, Jeremy-Halls and Mark-Hope.
Lakes, Freshwater Wetlands & Glaciers;
Temperate Grasslands, Steppes, Shrub-Lands & Tundra
Area: 4,503 km2
- Ecological processes (ix);
- Natural habitat for biodiversity (x);
- Significant number of rare, endemic and/or endangered species (x)