Archives for: November 2007

2007-11-23

Quick outing

Permalink 12:11:45 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Only had a few hours this morning to spare so I went over to Asry Lagoon set between the Shipyards and Pelletisation works. The tide was out unfortunately however I did encounter a Desert Wheatear along with its usual friend a Desert Warbler. All other species of Wheatear seem to chase the warbler off however these two seem to have a symbiotic relationship find one normally you can find the other.


Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler
Hopping along
Desert Warbler
Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

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2007-11-18

Chasing shadows

Permalink 04:06:52 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A frustrating afternoon and early evening was spent trying to net and ring some new species at Badaan Farm for our project but at every turn we seemed doomed by our own endeavours. We did see some good birds though including Marsh Harrier, Sparrow Hawk, Short Eared Owl and Egyptian Nightjars.


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

Sparrow Hawk
Sparrow Hawk

Sparrow Hawk

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2007-11-15

Thursday 15th Nov

Permalink 06:33:57 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

November is not always the most productive time to bird here with so many migrants having already passed but today Badaan Farm exceeded expectations. Besides a few Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, the continued presence of the Purple Heron, both Rosy Coloured and ordinary Starling, a Pallid Harrier that kept making long hunting forays across the fields added some real spice to an otherwise ordinary day.

Starling
Starling
Rosy coloured Starling
Rosy coloured Starling
Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike
These Cattle Egret took to the trees when the Pallid Harrier turned up
Cattle Egret
Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Grey Fancolin
Grey Fancolin
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Redshank
Redshank
Ruff
Ruff
Stonechat
Stonechat
Male Stonechat
Stonechat
Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit
White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul
White Wagtail
White Wagtail

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2007-11-11

Out and about this weekend

Permalink 07:19:29 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I finished visiting most of the sites around Maharraq this morning even though development and reclamation continues at every point along the shore so many new lagoons and mudflats have been created that the number of waders terns and gulls has not diminished. The problem is now one of gaining access across the soft sand in the newly reclaimed areas. For the best light most sites are best visited in the morning and on an incoming tide.


Flocks of terns are everywhere - here largely Lesser Crested and Little Terns.
mixed terns
enlargement of section from photo above
mixed
as are mixed flocks of Back-headed and Slender-billed Gulls, these right along side one of the new roads. Great as long as you don't stop when they have a tendancy to up up and away.
mixed gulls
Waders are numerous but often when the tide is out distant, as was the case this morning.
curlew sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper, the only one seen and always towards the sun
Marsh Sandpiper
Ringed Plover a common species
Ringed plover
Oyster Catcher
Oyster Catcher
Very little of the old coastline still exists but near Dair I was able to find a few other species
SkylarkSkylark
Water Pipit
Water Pipit
Namaqua Doves
Namaqua Doves
Black-winged Stilts
Black winged stilts
on old regular seen everywhere in Bahrain the Crested Lark
Crested Lark

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2007-11-08

Permalink 08:13:59 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Today I took a visiting birder Betty Power around some of Bahrains better sites, I think the hightlight was the 17 Hypocolius we saw at the Saar roost late this afternoon. Here are a few of the photos I took at Badaan farm this morning.


Mynah - did anybody bring a bucket and spade
Mynah
Cattle Egret - in a bit of a quandary
Cattle Egret
White(Pied)Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Starling
Starling
Female Stonechat
Female Stonechat

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2007-11-06

5th November 2007

Permalink 10:51:37 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

On my way to visit the BDF wadi near Hamad Town to check for Hypocolius (see Hypocolius page for report on that visit) - I drove the long way around via Tubli bay to check the birds out there.


Redshank
Redshank

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull

Curlew
Curlew

Flamingo
Flamingo

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

A mixed bag -
Gulls and Terns

SnipeSnipe

Stint and Dunlin
Stints and Dunlin

Western Reef Heron - dark morph
Western Reef Heron

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2007-11-05

4th November 2007

Permalink 12:59:09 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

This afternoon I was able to get a couple of hours of birding in but as it gets dark at 5pm these days I could not go far so I spent the time looking around the reclamation areas of Busaiteen a short drive from my house. Several pairs of Caspian Terns were scattered at regular intervals along the shore - they breed from October through to February in Bahrain - on the coast in any quiet corner, normally just above the tide line.


Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

The seawall proved a good place to find Wheatears over twenty of three species were observed.
Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
In the failing light I was able to grab a few pictures of the species encountered along the shore
Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull
Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Turnstone, Plovers and Little Stint, then Lesser Crested Terns with Godwits and Curlew
Waders

terns and Waders
Dunlin
Dunlin
Finally I finished at the mud flats at the northern end of the runway at sunset - if visiting BEWARE there are stupid Military personel in the area who don't understand that people might be interested in something other than them.
Busaiteen Mud Flats

Driving back across the reclaimed areas I found some of our Yellow Legged Gulls - Cachinnans
Yellow legged Gulls complex

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