2010-02-22

English (IE)   The desert is blooming  -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 09:23:14 pm

Myself and Abdulla went south on Friday afternoon to see if we could find black-crowned finchlarks. Abdulla saw a flock south of the tree of life last year. We didn't see any finchlarks but the desert is in fantastic shape in this area as there is no grazing here. I haven't identified the plants or insects yet but wanted to share them with you. Many of the plants are tiny but beautiful.


Landscape shot of area after the winter rains

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Butterfly or Moth larvae were everywhere
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Not sure of the species

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This is Calligonum polygonoides a member of the Buckwheat Family. There is no english name listed but the arabic name is 'Abal'.
This specimen is half a meter tall. The red fruits are edible.
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Below is the 'Arabian Primrose' Arnebis hispidissima Normally flowers March - May after rain
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I think this is Moltkiopsis ciliata or Lithospermum callosum a member of the Forget-me-not Family.
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This is the same species as above
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Below is the parasitic 'Desert Tulip or Desert Hyacinth' found from December - February
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I used 'The wild flowering plants of Bahrain' by MD and CD Cornes to identify these.
Published in 1989 it is based on our local flora and is indispensable.

2010-02-11

English (IE)   Spotted Eagle at Hamala Experimental Station  -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 11:13:54 pm

I popped down to the chicken farm this afternoon to check out the water pipit roost. Abdulla came across this eagle standing on a gate post. We got to within 15 meters from it. This is a first for me for Bahrain. Eagles are rare here as the island is small and thermals are hard to find.


Spotted Eagle

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