Yesterday morning was particularly hot despite a gentle breeze. I still did a quick round of the chicken farm, and the refinery wadhi before the heat got the better of me. There is a lot of construction work taking place at the chicken farm as new animal pens are being erected. There was a large quantity of chicken house waste on the dump and birds love this! 33 cattle egrets, 25 turnstones, 6 hoopoes, 2 ringed plovers, a common sandpiper and 12 yellow wagtails plus numerous crested larks. I don't know what exactly is in the waste and it was too fresh and sticky to go poking in it! May be another day.
I've seen this osprey many times before. It lives on the main island near the refinery.
I have photographed it in Buhair east and west and now on the weekend on a pole in the centre of the refinery pond next to the road
I don't know where this bird breeds or if it is a breeder.
I've never seen two together in the area.
This juvenile moorhen was photographed at the diplomatic wadhi. I have counted over 30 birds here last year.
The whole pond is about quarter of a hectare!!
These Ortolan Buntings took me by surprise. There were four of them in tree!
I expect to see them on the ground.
Cattle egrets enjoying the chicken waste!
As were these turnstones
Even the yellow wagtails find something delectable in the mush
Before setting up nets at Alba Marsh myself and Jem popped down to the Tubli outfall for an hour as the tide was high. After looking through the waders and egrets I spotted this spotted eagle in the mangrove. The last record for this species was February 2010 (see archive for photo)
A distant shot through the heat haze
The migration is hotting up now with lots of wheatears, waders and shrikes. Weather is still very humid and hot so getting out is a chore.
Some shots from last weekend at Northern Newtown with Abdulla.
This Hoopoe was trying to keep out of the sun in the rocks!
Wheatears are arriving in good numbers now, this Isabelline was conserving energy in the shade
Socotra cormorants are around the main isalnd in large flocks.