English (UK)   The migration has begun  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 01:14:42 pm

On Friday I saw lots of wheatears, swallows, bee-eaters, wagtails etc. It looks like the migration has begun and hopefully this year will be good. Here are a few of the pictures I managed to get.

Yellow wagtail, I think it's a first winter bird possibly Beema.

Another yellow wagtail, possibly ss feldegg or thunbergi.

Another short-toed lark

A rather bedraggled spotted flycatcher. I think he must have headed straight for the water to cool down.

This redstart was sheltering from the sun under a truck. Fortunately the truck is not mobile.


English (UK)   It's been a while  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 05:32:18 pm

It's been a while since I've managed to get on the site, connection problems etc. Anyway I managed today and have a couple of pictures from my outing at Qatif, Saudi Arabia.

Juvenile collard pratincole

Short-toed lark


English (UK)   Some residents  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 12:12:25 pm

I never got out last week due to moving houses but this week I decided to have some time off and went down to the chicken farm for a few hours. There are only resident birds around and as the pool has been drained very few waders.

A collared dove having a refreshing drink

One of the few waders left, Kentish plover

Namaqua dove fledgling

When I saw the fledgling, I quickly took a picture and backed off 100 yards. I waited 30 mins then went back to get a closer shot. The youngster had moved and was in a nest I had not seen at the first visit. I quickly took a picture and left


English (UK)   The migrants are gone  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 10:50:31 am

There are no more migrants to be seen, although I did spot a juvenile red-backed shrike on Thursday but he was a straggler. Yesterday I concentrated on a few residents, in future I may need to turn to waders and terns.

Sparrows fighting for water

Young male sparrow trying his luck with the sprinkler

The crested larks are in good voice

The grey francolin were showing their young the ropes


English (UK)   At last, some sunshine  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 09:38:29 am

It's surprising what a difference a bit of sunshine makes. I had my fingers crossed for some decent birds as the conditions were almost perfect. As it turned out, my luck was in.

The first thing I saw were these two lesser kestrels perched on sprinkler heads

There were lots of red-backed shrikes around, this is just one of them

This Upcher's warbler was sharing a dead tree with a spotted flycatcher

The spotted flycatcher in question

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