Here's a few more insects from Badaan Farm that I was unable to load yesterday.
There wasn't much birdlife around the farm this morning so I got the macro lens out and tried my hand with a few critters. I haven't a clue what they are so all help will be appreciated. Hope you enjoy.
I'll start with one from Saudi yesterday. It's a white-cheeked tern from my favourite spot.
Next is a roller I was lucky enough to get in flight.
The spotted crake was a nice bird which I was lucky enough to see in Bahrain.
At the same spot, this young black-winged stilt was very obliging and stopped right next to me.
The next two were from Badaan Farm and we think it is a cinereous bunting.
The first picture is a spring ruff, this is followed by a wood sandpiper, although the lack of narrow bars on the tail could alter that. Any other ideas are welcome. Lastly is a moorhen chick with enormous feet.
As I'm a fan of the late afternoon lighting, I decided to try the terns this afternoon. Surprisingly, there weren't many around but I did manage a few shots of this Little/Saunders's tern. They are so hard to split that I've included both.
I went out late this afternoon to see if anything was around. At first I thought I was going home empty handed and then I saw this whinchat and it made everything worthwhile.
Today has been a lot better as far as the weather is concerned. I went to our favourite farm again and got these pictures of a common redstart and rufous bush robin.
I also managed to get a picture of a cuckoo but will have to post that when I can get my desktop computer working properly.
The third picture is an Ortolan Bunting.
I've now managed to get the cuckoo picture hosted and I've included a masked shrike.
It's been very dull and overcast all today and it's not really suitable for photography. Nevertheless I did manage a couple of pictures. The first warbler I can't quite pin down so I'll leave that to you. So far I've been advised it's a willow warbler and a chiffchaff (now confirmed as willow warbler). The second I managed to get during a very brief period when the light improved a little. It's a common snipe and wandered into the semi open, just long enough for me to get a couple of shots.
I've been having some computer problems and only managed to post some pictures yesterday. Here are three more. Firstly another shot of the roller, seconly a European bee-eater and lastly a mongoose that had walked down a pipe and fortunately stopped and looked at me as he emerged.
After a few repairs my computer is running again. Here are the missing pictures of the pheasant and a female pied wheatear.
On Thursday I went to the sewage outflow again and there were plenty of terns around. Here are a lesser-crested with a fish, little or Saunders's and
just because it looked a good specimen, an isabelline shrike.
Today, Friday, I went to Badaan Farm which is always full of surprises. Up to now I've only uploaded the following pictures but I have one of a pheasant, which has to be a rarity.
The following are, European roller, crested lark and ortolan bunting.
I almost didn't go out this afternoon as it was raining and very dull. Fortunately it cleared up a bit and some brightness came through, enough for me to get these pictures of a pied wheatear and some barn swallows.
I went to a friends this afternoon to drop off a parcel. In the sunflowers in his garden was this ring-necked parakeet so I quickly went back home for my camera. He was still there when I got back and did not seem bothered by my presence.