2017-07-29

A busy end to the month

Permalink 16:22:56, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Purple was the order of the last week of the month down at Askar marsh with the discovery of a family group of 4 Purple Gullenule 2 adults 2 Juveniles - the species has suddenly gone from vagrant status to breeding resident with other birds being seen at Tubli mangroves and Arad bay it seems likely the species will be able to establish itself permanently here.


Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Elsewhere in the gardens some local late spring early summer breeding species were out and about often with young

Clamorous Reed Warbler and young
Clamorous Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Rufous Bush-chat and young
Rufous Bush-chat

Rufous Bush-chat

Rufous Bush-chat

Rufous Bush-chat

Rufous Bush-chat

Rufous Bush-chat

Rufous Bush-chat

Rufous Bush-chat

Rufous Bush-chat

Coot a pair in residence at Buhair breeding - possible
Coot

Great Grey Shrike Southern
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Southern Red Bishop always nice to see a few around Adhari - a site condemned to destruction
Southern Red Bishop

On the shore a few new species to report moving in
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits

Broad-billed Sandpiper a lonesome single more will follow very soon
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper more and more arriving
Curlew Sandpiper

Flamingo
Flamingo

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Little Stint huge increase in numbers
Little Stint

Family Oyster Catchers
Family Oyster Catchers

Non breeding summering birds being joined by birds having completed their breeding somewhere east and north of here
Slender-billed Gull

Squacco Heron blue is the new orange
Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

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2017-07-19

waders the early returns

Permalink 01:21:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

It might surprise some people when they realize that our migrant waders are here more than where ever it is they breed - many don't depart until late April early May yet some species are back by as early as June while July sees the flood gates open. August will see even more arrive.

Common Sand Piper
Common Sand Piper

Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits

Curlew
Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew and Redshanks
Curlew and Redshanks

Redshank
Redshank

Redshank

Redshank

Redshank

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper with Little Stint
Curlew Sandpiper with Little Stint

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Green Shank and Sand Plover
GreenShank and Plover

GreenShank

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper and Redshank
Terek SP and Redshank

Tubli at Dusk
Tubli at Dusk

Turnstone
Turnstone

Turnstone

Whimbel
Whimbrel

Mixed Waders
Mixed Waders

Mixed Waders

Mixed Waders

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2017-07-16

To continue guess what its hotter than last week

Permalink 22:28:51, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Striated Heron well this species was a complete surprise for the middle of July - we have so few records its barely out of vagrant status yet here we have in Tubli a bird? and it could well be more turning up. Is this indicative of breeding, an extension of range further north or both - only time and further clear observation will settle that point.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron

Black-winged Stilts
Blav

Blav

Little Grebe at speed running on water
Little Grebe at speed running on water
Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Tern
Little Tern

Black Crowned Night Heron
Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

Northern Cormorants - is this indicative of breeding
Northern Cormorants

Northern Cormorants

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Sparrow
Sparrow

Mynah
Mynah

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

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2017-07-09

Seasonally its hot and humid but this hasn't stopped migrants returning

Permalink 21:58:23, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The summer is far too long here for us humans the weather, well starting the end of May high temperatures kick in, then as July moves through August it just gets hotter and hotter and the humidity rises and often stays around 100% for days on end. Early September if we are lucky it will break and the place gets habitable again but its a long wait until then.

However for many species the summer is the time for breeding, a time when it requires a miracle for it to rain, thus for many Southern Terns species all ground breeders they choose to enter the Gulf during this period so as to escape the Indian Monsoon and breed alongside our hardy resident species.

Bridled Tern
Bridled Tern

Bridled Tern

more to come I hope

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

White Cheeked Tern
White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

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2017-05-27

Hot but May was one hell of month for Birding - Ramadan Kareem to all

Permalink 17:11:39, Categories: Observation by Howard  

May is coming to an end as Ramadan starts and although temperatures have soared the birds this month photographically speaking have not disappointed. A pile of unusual records which went along with some great opportunities to get close up and personal. Mind you "close up" is a relative term - for the four Crab Plovers off Busaiteen less than a 100 mtrs was close whereas for the Wrynecks its was a question of backing away. The Red backed Shrike always difficult to get to grip with were overwhelming in numbers so we were often spoilt for choice. The only disappointment were the lack of warbler pics, they were glimpsed but seldom gave up a chance to be photographed.

Crab Plover a long wait for the tide and the birds was required here
Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Whinchat
Whinchat

Wryneck
Wryneck

Wryneck

Wryneck

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