English (IE)    -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 09:33:06 pm

Migrants are starting to appear now. On Friday I saw bee eaters, rollers, swallows and several waders. The local breeding birds are also present in good numbers with chicks of Kentish plover still on the ground plus very young little grebes and waterhens. Below is a selection of birds and animals seen.

Blue-cheeked Bee eater

European Roller

When the roller moved away I took a distant shot. Only later did I spot the clamorous reed warbler in the background!!

Clamorous reed warbler (new breeding species for Bahrain)

Juvenile waterhen

When I was photographing the greebe I spotted a little head in the water. It belonged to a good sized terrapin!

When I saw this bird in the distance I thought I had a new species. Unfortunately for this western reef heron it looks like we had an oil spill!

Feral dogs

You wouldn't put a dog out in this weather!


English (IE)   An early migrant or a local breeder?  -  Categories: Bahrain obs by BK  -  @ 03:59:03 pm

It's difficult to go bird watching in this intense heat but I did manage to get in a few hours on Saturday last. The most surprising find was a family of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters. The bird in the middle of the trio is still in juvenile plumage and was making a strange call as if looking to be fed!
There were 5 birds in total

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