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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2014-10-26

A long weekend and a visit to Hawar

Permalink 18:37:21, Categories: Observation by Howard  

With the Islamic New Year Holiday on Sunday I was able to used the extra time I was able to use the weekend to visit the Islands of Hawar. The outer Islands all twenty plus of them are a very special place, an undisturbed paradise a naturalists dream. With the Socotra Cormorants now nesting on the northern most Islands the Rubuds, the others islands are now relatvely quiet in terms of bird movements with Osprey the most obvious species. Just beginning to reoccupy their nests ready for the breeding season around twenty pairs will eventually breed but the biggest surprise was that of a solitary Sooty Falcon found still present. They have normally left by now for southern wintering grounds around Madagascar after completing their summer breeding cycle. With just a few straggerlers left the thousands of White Cheeked terns and Lesser Crested terns had also dispersed away from the Islands most south to the Indian Ocean, being replaced by large wintering flocks of Slender-billed gulls. A lot of small indentified migrants were also seen skipping between the islands as I motored around in the boat. Even though only a short visit with no time to undertake any serious observations it was a superb break away from my normal haunts which I fitted in on the Sunday.

Hawar Osprey nests
Hawar

Hawar

Hawar

Osprey
Osprey

Osprey

Ospey

a distant Sooty Falcon - easly missed in the landscape
Sooty Falcon

From out and about
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Some the escapes doing well around Adhari
Red Bishop
Red Bishop

Common Waxbill
Common Waxbill

Pin-tailed Wydah
Pin-tailed Wydah

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Stonechat
Stonechat

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2014-10-20

slow weekend

Permalink 19:58:27, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Temperatures are still much higher than normal which seems to have discouraged many birds from moving south. Diasppointing is the best way to desribe numbers recored but we wait for next week. Best bird of the weekend was the first Hypocolius of the season seen briefly at Hamalah


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
blue-cheeked bee eater

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Kestrel
Kestrel

Kestrel

perched Isabelline Shrike and Isabelline Wheatear
perched

White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

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