2015-06-01

Not much to report

Permalink 14:57:26, Categories: Observation by Howard  

It has been a dissappointing few weeks for photography - just nothing of merit around so this last weekend it was back to the shore to check out summer breeders and late departures

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked tern

Little Tern
Little Tern

Little Tern
Little Tern

Little Tern

small gulls Blacke-headed and Slender-billed Gulls
small gulls

I put this down as Common Tern but am far from certain -
Common Tern

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Dunlin
Dunlin

Common Mynah
Mynah

Lesser Grey Shike
Lesser Grey Shike

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2015-05-03

May begins with the arrival of summer breeding terns

Permalink 18:02:33, Categories: Observation by Howard  

An enjoyable three day weekend but little change in species passing and numbers from last week. Many local resident species are busy breeding and chicks are beginning to show, particular abundant were Black-winged stilt and Kentish Plover chicks.

On the shore a lot quieter these days with many wading species having already moved north leaving but a few colourful stragglers however to compensate our summer breeding terns are starting to assemble in good numbers before their breeding season gets underway here.


Black-winged Stilt Chick
Black-winged Stilt Chick

Kentish Plover Chick
Kentish Plover Chick

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Dunlin and Curlew Sandpiper
Dunlin and Curlew Sandpiper

Greater Sandplover
Greater Sandplover

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Terreck Sandpiper
Terreck Sandpiper

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Little Tern
Little Tern

Lesser Creasted Tern
Lesser Creasted Tern

Lesser Creasted Tern

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

Socotra Cormorant juvenile - breeds in the winter October to March
Socotra Cormorant juvenile

Caspian Tern breeds from October
Caspian Tern

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Sacred Ibis assumed to be from locally breeding feral population - it never turned after going to flight
Sacred Ibis

Ortolan Bunting increased numbers
Ortolan Bunting

Spotted Flycatcher increased numbers
Spotted Flycatcher

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2015-04-26

Yet another dust storm ruins the weekend

Permalink 15:59:44, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

For the second week in a row wind and dust has played havoc with planned trips out - Saturday was a complete wash or rather dust out even a drive around the shore of Maharraq proved a waste of time as far as photography was concerned. A frustating weekend lots seen not much new photographed - worst miss was a Nightingale at ten feet carried away in the wind before I could even point the camera


Great Grey Shrike - taking up territory
Great Grey Shrike

Turtle Dove - a breeding resident
Turtle Dove

European Bee-eater - a steady stream all week but even they had problems sitting still
Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Ortolan Buntings
Ortolan Buntings

Glossy Ibis the number seen at Buhair has now increased to 7
Glossy Ibis

Hoopoe - a good breeding year at least four pairs around Hamalah
Hoopoe

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

Rufous Bushchat

Black Redstart - this one now two weeks around the same tree
Black Redstart

Northern Wheatear has been an exceptional year for the species
Northern Wheatear

Pied Wheatear still large numbers around
Pied Wheatear

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Collared Pratincole only a single bird found this week
Pratincole

Spotted Flycatcher good numbers in the plantations
Spotted Flycatcher

Ruff
Ruff

Snipe and Green Sandpiper fairly common around wet areas
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2015-04-19

Shammal winds bring more dust to marr weekend weather

Permalink 15:19:42, Categories: Observation by Howard  

As Bahrain prepared to host the F1 the weekend weather took a turn for the worst, a case of Murphy's Law, strong winds with rising sand and dust marred the peak period for observation of the current migration. Observation of the smaller species was particularily difficult with many like the warblers just staying low in the vegetation and scrub. Even larger species when found like Rollers and Rock Thrush were often just carried away when disturbed. Visibility in open areas was nigh on impossible at times making it a bleak time for increasing the species list.

Black Kite from the Jebel - a group of 5 was also seen over Manama
Black Kite

Grey Francolin - new broods are now very much in evidence
Grey Francolin

Glossy Ibis - 4 at Buhair
Glossy Ibis

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

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2015-04-11

Migration continues to be interrupted by Sand Storms

Permalink 16:07:24, Categories: Observation by Howard  

This year finding migrants has been reduced to chance, Sandstorms and bad weather have interrupted our normal patterns - so many species are missing or have not seen while others have proved to be unusually common and wide spread like Pratincoles. Many Warbler species simply have not been seen, possible moving in and out between weather events whereas they would normally hang around for a few weeks. Pied in the spring are normally our most numerous Wheatear numbers this year are way down with Northern being the most commonly observed. Observations of a single Roller and Rock Thrush are typical, last year we were overwhelmed. For some species it might be early days yet but already its the middle of April and my over all list is a little bare.

Black Redstart - few and far between
Black Redstart

Redstart mre numerous this year
Redstart

Collared Pratincole common - largest flock was of 15 at Buri
Pratincole

Pratincole

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Ortolan Bunting smaller number than in previous years
Ortolan Bunting

Red-throated Pipit good numbers in a variety of locations
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Tree Pipit only this one seen
Tree Pipit

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Masked Shrike scarce
Masked Shrike

Masked Shrike

Uperchers Warbler seen but elusive
Uperchers Warbler

Uperchers Warbler

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Pied Wheatear fewer observed
Pied Wheatear

Martin fewer seen
Martin

Swallow as common as ever
Swallow

Marsh Harriers and Pallid continue to move through
Marsh Harriers

Isabelline Wheatear numbers remain stable
Isabelline Wheatear

Graceful Warbler a chirpy resident
Prinia

Namaqua Dove breeding resident numbers still increasing
Namaqua Dove

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