Archives for: February 2008

2008-02-26

Better weather and things beginning to move

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Wagtails Pipits larks Shrikes are beginning to appear but for colour these two take some beating
Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush
Bkue Rock Thrush

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2008-02-24

A week of sandstorms

Permalink 06:38:21 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The bad weather continued all week with visibility at times less than a few hundred yards the only bird of merit was a single Black Kite over Manama - but yesterday we did have an influx at Badaan of Isabelline Wheatears, Yellow Wagtails,and Spannish Sparrows the status of which remains a mystery - migrant or resident breeder? but we netted 4 (see Projects)Hoopoe and a Chiffchaff were also seen. Song Thrush, Bluethroat, Pacific Golden Plover numerous pipits and Skylarks remain on the fields. No photos waiting on the return of my lense - for sand removal.

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2008-02-15

A breezy but bright day

Permalink 02:38:50 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Early morning produced some interesting observations of Swallows preening in the early morning light. A little nervous the slightest movement was enough to put them to flight - annoyed yesterday my good lens ceased up I could have had some really nice shots but still these will have to do


Swallows
Swallows

Red-rumped Swallows
Red-rumped Swallows

Red-rumped Swallows

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2008-02-09

The first day of spring

Permalink 03:39:31 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A lovely sunny day but oddly not too much around bird wise - plenty of the regulars but the only new birds of note were a Corn Bunting and a Great Reed Warbler.


Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Turnstone
Turnstone

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2008-02-08

a good day out

Permalink 09:27:26 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The weather has improved a lot - although its still a little cold at night. The number of birds coming through has increased and is beginning to be noticeable. The number of Shrikes & Wheatears in particular has increased dramatically however still no migrant warbers to write home about.

Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

The unmistakable Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Red-tailed Wheatear
Red-tailed Wheatear

Night Heron - Juvenile
Night Heron -Juvenile

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2008-02-07

Weather begins to improve

Permalink 06:02:22 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The weather which has been cold dull and windy almost continuously since the christmas break has started to improve in the last few days. However the only photographic opportunity that came my way last tuesday afternoon was with this songthrush, skulking in the shadows we did manage to net and ring it later in the afternoon.

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

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Eastern Province

Permalink 05:52:18 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Adrian over in Saudi observed a couple of spoonbills in the coastal lagoons close to Al Khobar on Tuesday. Nice birds to record in that they have become a great rarity around this part of the gulf over the last few years. Here in Bahrain their status has been reduced to that of a vagrant in that we have not had any observations in this centuary.

Spoonbill

Spoonbill

Khobar lagoons

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2008-02-02

Dirty old day

Permalink 05:28:23 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

6-45 this morning - not the best start to the day


Manama

Snipe - a winter visitor in good numbers around any water hole or in any ditch
Snipe

Snipe

Water Pipit - very commoon winter visitor
Water Pipit

Black-winged Stilts - a resident breeder
Black-winged Stilts

Black-winged Stilts

Marsh Sand Piper - a regular winter visitor
Marsh Sand Piper

Marsh Sand Piper

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2008-02-01

The weather has turned nasty again

Permalink 08:11:07 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Just when we were expecting to see lots of new arrivals the weather has contrived to dampen our expectation. Today we are faced with a strong shammal, a northerly wind that blows for 3 to 4 days currently in excess of 25 knots. Dust haze and overcast skys means that good obs are going to few and far between this weekend. So here are a few more of our regulars that have been around this winter.


Cattle Egret - now a very common wintering migrant
Cattle Egret

Desert Wheatear - the most commonly seen wintering wheatear.
Desert Wheatear

Little Stint and Kentish Plover - the later a common breeding species for both numbers supplemented by migrants in season
Little Stint and Kentish Plover

Temminck's Stint - frequents ditches and brackish water - a wintering migrant
Temminck's Stint

Little Stint and Temminck's Stint
Little Stint and Temminck's Stint

Little Stint and Temminck's Stint

Wood Sandpiper fequents brackish water and ditches not common but records in all months
Wood Sandpiper

Flamingo - hugh numbers winter around Bahrain but are availiable throughout the year
Flamingo

Greater Sand Plover regular throughout the year with large influxes during peek migrations time spring and autumn
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greenshank - a regular seen throughout the year but more common in winter
Greenshank

Grey Francolin - introduced in the 80's has spread throughout Arabia.
Grey Francolin

Western Reef Heron - white morph in breeding plumage
Western Reef Heron

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