2016-07-18

Getting hotter as shoreline returns continue

Permalink 17:52:05, Categories: Observation by Howard  

It takes no great skill to get decent pictures of Greater Sand Plover at this time of the year, they are both numerous and very prominent on the shore besides being very easy to approach however, this situation will rapidly change as other waders start their return passage as the month progresses. Most will stay to build up body fat before moving on in a southerly direction but a surprising number will stay the duration of the winter. Just which breeding wader populations we have in the Gulf has never been scientifically proven, ringed returns have been minimal not enough even to suggest probabilities.

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Kentish Plover do flock at high tide but otherwise remain paired or in family groups along the shore
Kentish Plover

Socotra Cormorant are still fairly common but birds will soon disappear to their breeding island in Hawar
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Lesser Crested Tern currently only small numbers on the shore on fishing forays with breeding in full swing on offshore islands currently peaking
Lesser Crested Tern

White-cheeked Tern an opportunistic breeder on the main island now many with fully fledged and mobile chicks
numbers will dramatically increase as they are joined by offshore breeding populations
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

Curlew Sandpiper now returning in increasing numbers
Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew now a prominent species with a dramatic increase in numbers this last week
Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Bar-tailed Godwit small flocks seen expect more to arrive anytime soon
Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit

Greenshank starting to make a show along with the slightly more numerous Redshank
Greenshank

Redshank
Redshank

Whimbrel one of those species where some don't migrate but with more being seen migrants could be the reason for the increase
Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Western Reef Heron in the middle of their breeding cycle fishing is the most important part of their daily routine methodology used does vary
Western Reef Heron

Reef Heron and Redshank share the shore
reef heron

Curlew and Redshank
Curlew

Terek Sandpiper first returns just being noted
Terek Sandpiper

As always we have our more common species keeping every neighborhood company
White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

and then the oddities like this resident breeding Alexandrine Parakeet
Alexandrine Parakeet

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2016-06-26

Locally breeding species and the first migrant returns

Permalink 17:31:29, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Is is that time of the year again to check regularly for locally breeding birds particularly in and around our few wetland sites, one never knows what will turn up there - and then there is the shore - to check for breeding species and the first returning waders. Elsewhere there is still plenty of time to go before first records of the passerines will start showing up mixing with those locally breeding species but still a lot of ground to cover in the meantime often with little in return. Can be more a question often of glimpsed or heard, rather than fully observed.

Black-crowned Night Heron a very visible day time species at the moment making observations quite easy
Black-crowned Night Heron

One of many juvenile birds seen note a young bird the eye has yet to turn orange/red
Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-winged Stilt an early breeder in April and May
Black-winged Stilt

Kentish Plover Chick smallest youngest seen most probably from a second brood
Kentish Plover Chick

Lesser Crested Tern just started breeding currently on offshore Islands
Lesser Crested Tern

Little Grebe juvenile this one independent and well developed but others still still dependent on adults
Little Grebe juvenile

Little Grebe juvenile

Little Grebe juvenile

Little Grebe juvenile

Little Grebe juvenile

Little Tern Chick breeding more wide spread this year
Little Tern Chick

Little Tern Chick

Little Tern

Little Tern

Saunders's Tern breeds slightly earlier than Little - chicks far more advanced
Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern juvenile

Socotra Cormorant will start breeding in late September on Hawar here a first year bird
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Squacco Heron - breeding well advanced one fledged chick seen so far
Squacco Heron

White-cheeked Tern breeding season well advanced not fussy about habitat for breeding any quiet corner near the shore will do
White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron extensive season well underway breeding in mangrove on coastal scrub, bushes and even trees
Western Reef Heron

Returns on the shore
Greater Sand Plover return increasing
Greater Sand Plover

Interesting picture - extreme left locally breeding Kentish Plover and on the hard right a Lesser Sand Plover - central birds all Greater Sands
Mixed Plovers

Lesser Sand Plover (hard right)
Lesser Sand Plover
Some of the central birds
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover post breeding molt starting
Greater Sand Plover molt

Greater Sand Plover molt

Dunlin a very early arrival
Dunlin

Dunlin

Ragged yet very interesting 2nd year birds - have they been somewhere and returned or have Black Headed Gulls breed locally
Black Headed Gull

Black Headed Gull

Black Headed Gull

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2016-06-10

getting hotter but strong winds bring sand

Permalink 20:22:30, Categories: Observation by Howard  

As each week passes we see a noticeable increase in daily temperatures, already some days have hit the 42c mark but we have been let of the hook this last week with persisting strong Al Bareh winds and widespread sandstorms which has kept of late temps down below 40c. It won't last of course humidity will steadily increase as well and soon we will be registering apparent temps in the 50c plus range. Then its time to take some leave.

Not much in fact very little to report from the gardens and desert spaces nothing worthy of note seen to report. On the shore its getting busy again as our first returns arrive back. The few summering waders - a few Curlew, Turnstone, Godwits, Green and Redshank, Ringed Plover - have been joined by Greater Sand Plover mostly adults and many showing still plenty of colour. Terns are as usual plentiful with Saunders's, little, White-cheeked, breeding locally occasionally joined by Lesser Crested which breed on offshore Islands. No Bridled Terns seen also an offshore breeder yet on the main Island but that will change towards the end of their season in late August beginning of September. Small flocks of Caspian Tern can also be found watched carefully by our locally breeding pairs who maintain their territorial vigilance in any quiet corner of the shoreline. They will breed from Late September early October. Western Reef Herons with their offspring are now also noticeable on the shore.

Curlew
Curlew

Curlew

Redshank
Redshank

Caspian Terns
Caspian Terns

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders Tern chick
Saunders's Tern Chick

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

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2016-05-21

Little to add to a slow month where are the birds

Permalink 15:05:31, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Have not had a great deal of time to bird this month, but then again the month has been really disappointing - where are the birds well at least certain species like Golden Oriole - the answer probably hunted to virtual extinction as far as we are concerned by rampant shooting in Saudi and Kuwait. Not a single Marsh, Garden or Savi's Warbler either when in the past they have been so numerous climate change or what something is affecting the normal flow. I can only hope for a more productive return later in the year.

Roller ONE OF ONE SEEN
Roller

Spotted Flycatcher one species that was more numerous than in other years this one in my Garden
Spotted Flycatcher

Willow Warbler numbers steady
Willow Warbler

Red-backed Shrike a long stayer this one has been at Hamalah nearly a month GOOD NUMBERS too probably since it passes late after the hunting season has largely finished due to the heat - there is minimal hunting of birds in Bahrain Kestrels and a few casual birds only make the pet shops - still pushing for this to be stopped
Red-backed Shrike

Socotra Cormorants plenty of action though from resident birds at sea
Socotra Cormorants

Socotra Cormorants

Socotra Cormorants

Out on the fish traps plenty of action to watch thankfully
Water birds

some late birds passing were a solitary Kestrel
Kestrel

and a Swallow
Swallow

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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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