2014-09-29

Surprisingly qiet

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Wheatears and shrikes still prominent but only a few additional other species seen this weekend

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Cattle Egrets
Cattle Egrets

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Indian Silverbills
Indian Silverbills

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2014-09-21

Still hot and migration produce few surprises

Permalink 10:38:57, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Temperatures this weekend still hovered close to 40c so I spent most of my time exploring agricultural areas gardens and anywhere with fresh water.

Along with a Woodchat and a Masked it was a weekend for Shrikes


Great Grey Shrike quite a few about not always the easiest to photograph
Great Grey Shrike

Greta Grey Shrike

Isabelline Shrike with over twenty individuals seen they will remain the most prominent shrike around
Isabelline Shrike

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

the two Glossy Ibis at Buhair have now turned into six -
Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

A few Duck, Malard and Gargany mingled with a lotta Little Egrets Black Winged Stilts Ringed Plover and a few Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover

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2014-09-14

Migration filling the foreshore

Permalink 11:22:32, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I have now returned from after extensive period overseas - this weekend I spent my time catching up with birds on the foreshore of Busaiteen - which is always a nice way to slip back in and find out what is on the move.


Socotra Cormorant a young bird - one of many seen fishing of the shore
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Lesser Sand Plover as numerous as ever more so at the moment that Greater
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover with a Kentish Plover in the forground
Greater Sand Plover

Kentish Plover - so many these days with many being local residents - after a successful breeding season
Kentish Plover

Dunlin the most numerous wader around at the moment along with Little Stints
Dunlin

Little Stint
Little Stint

Grey Plover many still retain some summer plumage
Grey Plover

Bartailed Godwit - a good number recorded in small flocks around the shore
Bartailed Godwit

Turnstone
Turnstone

Curlew Sandpiper numers increasing
Curlew Sandpiper

Greenshank
Greenshank

Redshank
Redshank

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Creasted Terns

Northern Wheatear the most colourful seen
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear - the most numerous wheatear seen
Isabelline Wheatear

Greater Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark

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2014-08-19

ON HOLIDAY

Permalink 10:49:52, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

back later this month

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2014-07-06

Hot and humid but waders starting to return in numbers

Permalink 15:20:23, Categories: Observation by Howard  

An excellent weekend for birding with a surprising range of species seen. The usual local suspects seem to have had a good breeding year with Western Reef Herons seeming to have breed everywhere. Some waders are beginning to return with Greater Sandplover being the most prominent many still in fading breeding plumage. Lesser Sand and Grey Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Curlew, Whimbrel, Redshank and a few little stint added further variety to the shore. locally breeding Little and Saunders's Terns along with huge numbers of Kentish Plovers still dominate many areas but the numbers of Slender-billed Gulls and Famingo along with good numbers of Caspian Terns are beginning to increase.

The gardens are still quiet but interest still remains by way of exotic species, breeding escapes that seem to have managed to thrive. southern Red Bishops, Pin-tailed Wydah and Red-bill Quelea keep popping up everywhere. The most intersting newly recorded species for us however is the White-spectacled Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthopygos, Chris Moorey and myself saw a single individual at Hamalah some six weeks back and I by chance have one other in my compound garden in Manama - The Red-vented and White-cheeked Bulbuls get very upset when its around. A native around Arabia we wonder if these abservations are the start of an increase in breeding range. This territorial behaviour has made getting a picture dificult but I remain hopeful.


Pin-tailed Wydah
Pin-tailed Wydah

Red-billed Quelea
Red-billed Quelea

White-cheecked Terns the eternal opportunist breed almost anywhere - some of the many on the reclaimed land at Busaiteen.
White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron are a common breeding species around all coast and wetland sites
Western Reef Heron

White-winged Black Tern left front - found at the mangroves at Ras Sanad two young Litle terns right and a Slender-billed Gull at the rear
White-winged  Black Tern

Striated or Green-backed Heron barely visible in the mangroves at Ras Sanad
Striated or Green-backed Heron

Little Stint
Little Stint

Juvenille Saunders's Tern
Juvenille Saunders's Tern

Redshank
Redshank

Kentish Plover juvenile
Kentish Plover juvenille

Glossy Ibis one of two at Buhair valley
Glossy Ibis

This Squacco Heron a very dark chocholate brown on the back looks so different to all the others who still are a beautiful buffish tanned brown that it could easily be mistaken for a Indian Pond Heron but the steaking on the breast and flanks are more consistant with Juvenile Squacco
Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

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