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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2014-10-13

Only a few new species seen on the move

Permalink 16:06:16, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A steady dribble of new migrants was seen this weekend and on the shore wader numbers are now dominated by Dunlin and Little stints

Dumlin with a little stint
Waders

Waders Thousands now line the shore
Waders

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Montagu's Harrier
Montagu's Harrier

Black Kite
Black Kite

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

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

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Curlew
Curlew

Dunlin
Dunlin

Green Shank
Green Shank

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

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2014-10-08

Eid Mubarrak - slow increase seen in numbers of migrants returning

Permalink 16:35:46, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Overall during the Eid break finding new migrant species to record was difficult to say the least, at times the results phtographically were disappointing with that seen remaining too distant for a classic pictures. Possibly the hot weather persistant throughout had something to do with it, however this week a NW Shammal is about to kick in which should bring a greater influx ready for next weekend.

On Sunday for instance I spent the entire day cruising the desert with my core time around the Jebel - only one wheatear was found. However my disappointment was offset as the species seen was a super raity, a first year White-crowned Black only my third in twenty years. Sadly it remained aloof prefering the distant crags of the Jebel Dekan making it possible only to get a record shot. During the break several visits to Hamalah produced five Red Advadavats, these were seen well but proved totally camera shy prefering each time I approached to disappear into the tallest grass. Around Busaiteen the huge number of Wheatears of the previous week had moved on leaving just a few larks and Desert Warblers to be chased. The low tides didn't help moving the waders too far away for good photography.

To start the bird of the Eid holiday, a rather distant White-crowned Black Wheatear
White-crowned Black Wheatear

Pallid Harrier - one of five individuals both male and female seen
Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

At the Tubli sewage outfall besides the usual large number of waders Herons Egrets and Gulls a good number of Duck of four species were found - Shoveller, Gargany, Mallard and Teal

No mistaking the clourful and distinctive bulk of a Shoveller
Shoveller

Shoveller

Shoveller

Desert Warbler one of two found at Busaiteen
Desert Warbler

Greater Short Toed Lark one of a small flock of around a dozen or so at Busaiteen
Greater Short Toed Lark

Red-backed Shrike a first year found behind Adhari Park
Red-backed Shrike

Great Grey Shrikes were found at a variety of Locations from lush gardens to barren desert
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Isabelline Shrikes in all their variety remain as numerous as ever
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Hoopoe numbers up from last week
Hoopoe

Resident Indian Silverbills the comics of the gardens remain very approachable
Indian Silverbills

The resident Common Mynah noisey and gregareous numbers still increasing
Common Mynah

Having disappeared south during the summer Namaqua Dove now can be found around the margins of agriculural land in central Bahrain
Namaqua Dove

European Bee-eater more heard than seen
European Bee-eater

Red Bishop the small feral flock still exists at Adhari Gardens
Red Bishop

Cattle Egret now a local breeding species they are everywhere
Cattle Egret

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Ortolan Bunting a few scattered birds found this one from Adhari
Ortolan Bunting

Pied Wheatear most have moved on but a few remain both Female and males found
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

a distant Roller seen passing through the oil fields
Roller

Stonechat the first of the winter found at Hamalah
StoneChat

Swallows just keep on coming
Swallows

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel

Common Sandpiper good numbers found around the shore and at wetland margins
Common Sandpiper

Coot first of the year found on the pond at Buhair
Coot

Red-vented Bulbul attacking his own reflection in a car wing mirror
Red-vented Bulbul

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2014-09-29

Surprisingly qiet

Permalink 16:05:34, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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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