2014-12-14

Foggy start to weekend

Permalink 15:13:18, Categories: Observation by Howard  

On both Friday and Saturday heavy fog blanketed most of my favorite birding sites. At the Jasra roost each morning for the Hypocolius I could hear the assembled flock but only managed to glimpse a few departing shadows. By the time the fog lifted around 7 all but a few had departed. The heavy dew did however provide an opportunity to see some species normally skulking in the undergrowth including some of our odd ball escapes.

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Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Corn Bunting - over thrirty at Hamalah
Corn Bunting

Skylark one of hundreds
Skylark

Stonechat
Stonechat

Stonechat

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Starling
Starling

Bimaculated Lark - five at Hamalah, one at Buri
Bimaculated Lark

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Pin-tailed Whydah
Pin-tailed Whydah

Red-billed quelea
Red-billed quelea

A female of something
unknown

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2014-12-06

Bright and breezy a good weekend

Permalink 15:07:26, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After last weekends disaster when rain and gales stopped play it was good to get out and chase birds around the many puddles that last weeks storm left - nothing exceptional except four Bimaculated larks at Hamalah but good birding never the less. Saturday was restricted by road closures for the Triathalon so I concentrated on Busaiteen shorelines but with a low tide not the best time for photography but good numbers of wintering species seen.


Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail

Spotted Munia originally an escape now seen across the Island
Spotted Munia

Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbill

Grey Hypocolius from Jasra - arriving early over a hundred not so confiding birds were seen
Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Bimaculated Lark four seen on farmland in Hamalah no chance for closeups unfortunately
Bimaculated Lark

Bimaculated Lark

Bimaculated Lark

Ruff
Ruff

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Grey Francolin
Grey Francolin

Osprey at an inland site
Osprey

Osprey

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

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2014-11-16

Traces of rain and cloudy sky

Permalink 17:11:15, Categories: Observation by Howard  

These last weekends I covered a variety of habitats looking for any new species that is passing - I found little change in the shorebirds and gardens populations other than Skylarks Water and Meow Pipit that have now arrived in numbers but the Jebel Al Dakhan did produce a few surprises. Reported first in the week I was fortunate enough to get some images on the Jebel of the Short Toed Snake Eagle that had been seen south of Riffa. Had it not moved from its high rocky perch to another location I doubt that I would have noticed it.

The other surprise was with the Whitecrowned Black Wheatears the two seen on the Jebel over the last three weeks turned into three with another specimen turning up on the western flank. However I still have not been able to find a single Mourning Wheatear but there are also good numbers of Desert, Isabelline and Red-tailed wheatears to be found.


Short-toed Snake Eagle
Short-toed Snake Eagle

Short-toed Snake Eagle

From the Gardens
Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Stonechat
Stonechat

Pratincole
Pratincole

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Skylark
Skylark

Skylark

Issabelline Wheatear
Issabelline Wheatear

Red-tailed Wheatear this one from Buhair valley
Red-tailed Wheatear

Red-tailed Wheatear

The ever present Crested Lark
Crested Lark

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2014-11-05

Warblers remain scarce but other species still passing through

Permalink 15:19:11, Categories: Observation by Howard  

These last two days we had a two day Holiday for Ashora so I spent one day in the desert areas around the Jebel with the other in and around the greener corners of the western side of the Island. Compared with previous years it remains quiet however most noticeable was the complete lack of warblers not a single bird was seen.


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater common throughout this period
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

White-crowned Black Wheatear now two on the Jebel - hopefully they will stay for some time and allow a closer approach
White-crowned Black Wheatear

White-crowned Black Wheatear

White-crowned Black Wheatear

White-crowned Black Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Pied and Isabelline remain numerous while often seen Red-tailed wheatear remained flighty however despite extensive searches I failed to locate a single Mourning Wheatear

Desert Larks - over a dozen were seen just around the Jebel
Desert Larks

3 Collared Pratincole were found at Hamalah always approachable they are an endearing species
Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Stonechats numbers are beginning to build for this colourful winter resident
Stonechat

Stonechat

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

White-cheeked Bulbuls
White-cheeked Bulbuls

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2014-11-01

Highly endangered Sociable Plover but otherwise quiet

Permalink 16:22:43, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The weekend was relatively quiet for new migrants but the weekend was made rather special with the observation of a single Sociable Plover at Buri. Found on recently ploughed ground I spent hours waiting for the bird to move into a position where I could get some reasonable photographs, which proved to be worth the wait.


Sociable Plover
Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover

Jasra, a small flock of Grey Hypocolius was found early on Friday morning unfortunately badly placed for photography
Grey Hypocolius

Tawney Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Grey Grey Shrike - more numerous this year than last this one from Dumistan
Grey Grey Shrike

Pied Wheatear still very common with many not having having moved on as yet
Pied Wheatear

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

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