Archives for: 2007


Goose ID confirmation

Permalink 07:06:00 pm, Categories: Waterfowl  

We don't see many Geese here and when we do they are usually Greylag however this individual didn't look at all familiar. As a juvenile bird not what I had expected a young Greylag to look like so I think this is most likely a White-fronted - If anybody is into Geese and can confirm the ID please let me know. Once we obtain confirmation this will be the second record for Bahrain the last was back in 1997.

- this observation is now officially the 2nd record for White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons in Bahrain.
Adrian has now also added his pictures to his page (out and about) O&B-with-AJ
I would like to thank everybody who looked and emailed me confirmation - not a single dissenting voice - except that is on bird forum where Adrian originally posted his images see for that thread
For comparative purposes I have added below a flight picture of 2 of the 3 geese seen at Badaan the week before as photographed by Juhani Kyyrö have also a careful look at that picture.





Greylag Geese seen departing Badaan the week before
Greylag Goose
Photograph by Juhani Kyyrö



Lark ID solved

Permalink 05:50:44 am, Categories: Passerines  

I have been sent an annoted image of this bird with a list of features indicating that it is most probably no more than a Crested Lark, they are a very common species here, that evidence seems to prove this beyond a doubt. This just goes to show how bad light and distance can screw up ones ID skills even on birds that one is familiar with. Other suggestions where Woodlark, Skylark and Lesser Short-toed Lark, I thought myself at one time even Small Skylark - Alauda gulgula but that was wrong. Thanks everyone who has had a look.

Lark or Pipit

Lark or Pipit

For comparision - below are three pictures taken within the last week of our Crested Larks each at a different location and in different light.
Crested Lark

Crested Lark

Crested Lark



Warbler ID

Permalink 14:54:40, Categories: Passerines  

This warbler has been the subject of much debate - on BirdForum (see here) the vote is heavily in favour of Upcher's however on the networks Olivaceous is in the lead. Personally I wouldn't vote for Eastern Olivaceous over an Upcher's It just doesn't look right somehow for either and we haven't eliminated other species altogether like a Booted Warbler - especially since AJ said it was small and flicked its tail. CLICK HERE for Booted
I have toned down the high sun glare on the original photos to give a softer more grey brown overall tone here.

Upcher's on the LEFT Olivaceous to the RIGHT approx to the same scale

Upchers Warbler



Is this a Hybrid

Permalink 12:00:45 pm, Categories: Passerines  

Adrian Drummond-Hill photographed these Bulbuls in Eastern Provice SA recently - The one on the left is our usual White-cheeked Pycnonotus leucogenys however the one on the right appears to be a Hybrid a cross with either a Red-vented or other species of escaped Bulbul any thoughts or comments welcome

Pycnonotus leucogenys
Subspecies and Distribution.
P. l. mesopotamiae Iraq, Arabia, and southern Iran.
P. l. leucotis lowlands of Pakistan and northern India, S-E Iran and S Afghanistan.
P. l. leucogenys from E Afghanistan along Himalayas to Assam.

How we are used to seeing out White-cheeked Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys

To see more White-cheeked Bulbul pics click HERE




Permalink 10:33:11, Categories: Passerines  

Adrian photographed this Wheatear on Thursday March 22nd at Badaan Farm - while AJ had it posing in front of him, I was also observing the same bird but from another location 100m away but from the right side and rear. A second Wheatear was on the ground close by, both were females. The one on the ground appeared to be Northern but this one remained unidentifiable from where I was however, it did show some characteristics of a pale throated Black-eared Ssp melanoleuca. The bird was very obliging staying on its little rock perch for some considerable time however it only ever presented both of us a single view, it did not turn around unfortunately, it flew while I was changing location to get better views so I missed seeing it in flight. Its stance did not indicate Isabelline O isabellina examples of which where also numerous around the farm and from the back it did not look like a Northern O oenanthe. Since AJ had it in his sights I stayed well back - I could wait to see AJ's photos before attempting any ID.
After he posted these images on Bird forum a lengthy discussion has developed over whether it is a female Isabelline O isabellina or Northern O oenanthe - We would be interested to hear other opinions as to species ID, personally I am still undecided but votes in mail favour an Isabelline most likely a male



Permalink 21:27:15, Categories: not to do with birds  

Can anybody help identify this species

and an entire plant

I can do this - its Rumex vesicarius - a member of the dock family. It is quite widespread and known from Bahrain. The leaves make a pleasant rather sour salad snack.
Cheers Mike Jennings

and this caterpillar - most probably a large moth - first the eating end

the rear end

Could be a 'humming bird' type - many of the hawk moths hover at flowers to feed - amongst the species which sometimes migrate to the UK, your specimen somewhat resembles the caterpillar of the spurge hawk moth, scientific name: Hyles (= Celerio) euphorbiae, and related species belonging to the same genus, Hyles (= Celerio).
Dr D A Kendall BSc PhD
Kendall Bioresearch Services

and finally - Bahrain endangered species



Desert Lark -

Permalink 22:25:45, Categories: Passerines, gulls  

Adrian and I were out birding here in Bahrain a few weeks ago with two visiting birders in tow on the Jebel Dakhan. Adrian photographed a Desert Lark, that I had pointed out. Yesterday he put the picture up on his photo pages and since I have received several emails to tell me that my ID is wrong and in fact the bird shown is a female Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis. The first two pictures are the two images as taken by Adrian - below are two further Pictures I took today of a Desert Lark on the Jebel. I am sticking to my original opinion Desert Lark - Comments please!
problematic lark

problematic lark

Desert Lark Ammonanes desert according to Nightingale and Hill (1993) Birds of Bahrain, the endemic A d insularis breeds Bahrain. Today I returned to the Jebel Dakhan in search of the dark lark but could only find our normal looking Desert Larks managing to get these two shots
desert lark

desert lark



Lesser & Desert Lesser Whitethroat Complex

Permalink 10:47:19 am, Categories: Passerines  

We would be interested to here from any Ringers who have trapped handled or ringed any Lesser or Desert Lesser Whitethroats in the Middle East so that we can compare notes.

Lesser Whitethroats

See Additional Ringing Photos 30 Jan 2007


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