2016-05-07

May already migration slows only late birds left

Permalink 00:53:02, Categories: Observation by Howard  

May and things have definitely gone quieter species are still passing but numbers are much reduced


Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Clamorous Reed Warbler as noisy as ever
Clamorous Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Hoopoe one of resident breeding birds
Hoopoe

House Sparrow one of the thousands seen on a daily basis
House Sparrow

Indian House Crow
Indian House Crow

Kentish Plover Chick one of many seen
Kentish Plover Chick

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Grebe Chick
Little Grebe
the tending parent
Little Grebe

Moorhen feeding chick
Moorhen and chick

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
Male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Female Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
Male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Rufous Bush Chat
Rufous Bush Chat

Feral breeding Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

White-throat
White-throat

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

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2016-04-29

Strange weather dull and overcast but quiet

Permalink 00:04:35, Categories: Observation by Howard  

when the weather is unexpected cooler one hopes for a busy day but sadly nothing unexpected was found still happy with what I got


Rufous Bushchat looks like it could be a record breeding year for Bushchats they are everywhere
Rufous Bushchat

Great Grey Shrike a juvenile wearing sticky seed for a head band
Great Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike still fairly numerous
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Whinchat
Whinchat

Juvenile Palm Dove
Palm Dove

Waders big decrease in numbers
Waders

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2016-04-23

Seems like summer already

Permalink 19:31:51, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

even though we keep having some unseasonable days weather wise it is quickly going quiet as temperature warm up

Lesser Grey Shrike a few around
Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike a slow passage
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler the first of our summer breeders
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

Whinchat still passing
Whinchat

Turtle Dove resident
Turtle Dove

Lutea - Yellow Wagtail still a huge variety
Lutea - Yellow Wagtail

Red-throated Pipit remains very common across a variety of habitats
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Spotted Flycatcher one of many
Spotted Flycatcher

A quick trip to Hawar on Saturday to check arrivals only brought out a resident Osprey
Osprey

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2016-04-17

wild and windy weather

Permalink 20:03:25, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Heavy thunderstorms and lightning Thursday evening, tempered the weekends expectations however disappointing Friday was Saturday more than made up for that with some excellent birding. Excess water in parts of the south restricted movement along some of the desert tracks so it proved impossible to fully check the south and east of the Island. One unusual observation was the massive number of Isabelline Shrikes that had moved in on our wintering birds habitat; where we had observed 2 or 3 wintering sometimes over a dozen birds this weekend occupied the same space, an amazing site.

Species of the weekend has to be the White-throated Robins 4 were seen at Buri alone.
White-throated Robin

White-throated Robin

Whinchat
Whinchat

Whinchat

Redstart
Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

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

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Kestrel
Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

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2016-04-02

Busy weekend despite weather

Permalink 22:09:22, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A lot about these last two weekend spent time on the shore and working some of our garden and wetland sites

Night Heron
Night Heron

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

common Sandpiper
common Sandpiper

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Pratincole
Pratincole

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Yellow Wagtail leucocephala
leucocephala

yellow Wagtail bemma
Bemma

Yellow Wagtail fledegg
fledegg

Yellow Wagtail lutea
Lutea

Yellow Wagtail flava
flava

Wryneck
Wryneck

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Redstart
Redstart

Grey Francolin
Grey Fancolin

Greater Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Lesser Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Green Shank
Green Shank

Lesser Sand plover with Curlew Sandpiper
Lesser Sand plover and Curlew Sandpiper

Dunlin in flight
Dunlin in flight

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Bartailed Godwits
Bartailed  Godwits

Gull-billed Terns
Gull-billed Terns

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

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