2012-07-09

English (IE)   House and Spanish Sparrows  -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 04:29:31 pm

While I was out last weekend I staked out a leaky sprinkler at the chicken farm. The birds had already located it and were queueing up to get a drink in the heat. Here are some shots of Spanish and House sparrows for comparison. The fist two photographs are male and female House Sparrow to help you get your eye in!


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This next shot below is of three House Sparrows quarrelling. The upper bird is a juvenile (see how bare it is under the wing!)
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Then we get on to the male Spanish Sparrows (They're easy!).
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Then it starts to get a little trickier! This is a juvenile male Spanish Sparrow
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Then comes the female Spanish Sparrow!
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Two Spanish Sparrow females squabbling!!
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Note the yellow base to the bill!
When you get your eye in you can tell the female Spanish and House sparrows apart quite easily.
The Spanish Sparrows are bigger and have a different bill size and shape and if you look closely enough, they also have a different feather pattern.
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And finally, a beautiful male Spanish Sparrow got curious and approached the car!

It was worth the wait!

2012-06-06

English (IE)   Local residents are still around  -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 09:45:14 pm

While it is quiet now compared to when the migration was in swing, it is still enjoyable to watch the antics of the local birds. Below are a few shots I took last weekend.


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These slender-billed gulls were making quite a a racket when feeding on some food waste put out by local residents
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There are still a few hundred flamingos in Tubli Bay. Most are juveniles with no pink coloration in their feathers but this is a nice adult bird.
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This Caspian Tern was a little outnumbered in the middle of the slender-billed gull flock.
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A blue phase Western Reef Heron on a fishing trip.
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Bingo!!
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Common Mynah

2012-05-21

English (IE)   Still a few birds about  -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 09:41:37 pm

Now that the migration has more or less finished I got a chance to relax and enjoy some photography once again. I recently got a Canon 7D and these are a couple of shots I took. I'm still learning to use the settings!


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There are still a few Cattle Egrets at the Chicken farm. They probably are attempting to breed somewhere on the island but it is hard to find them.
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The Crested Larks are on their second broods at this stage
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These now hardy Kentish Plover chicks or juveniles are trying to keep out of the intense midday heat.
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The Acacia trees are in fine fettle in the heat

2012-04-28

English (IE)   The Terns Return  -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 11:00:29 pm


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Lesser-crested Terns

2012-03-18

English (IE)   Amazing camouflage  -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 08:19:12 pm

I flushed an Egyptian nightjar last weekend when I was ringing on the south of the island. The bird only flew 10 meters which allowed me to spot him again on the ground. He was perfectly camouflaged in the leaf debri under the trees.


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Egyptian Nightjar

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