Archives for: July 2008


another unexpected visitor

Permalink 09:08:38 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Yesterday the 14th of July Brendan and I visited one of Bahrain's huge development projects in the south of the country looking for birds - any birds - only a few pigeons doves and sparrows were seen other than a few White-cheeked terns a Reef Heron and a Socotra Cormorant plus this Hobby a most unusual July record which made the trip worth while - sadly it was seen at dusk and the light was fading fast.



Some of the dozen or so White-cheeked Terns seen around the site - considering the numbers than we normally see in coastal areas not many by any standard in fact disappointing.

White-cheeked Terns



Confirmation of breeding

Permalink 10:53:05 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A family group of Cattle Egrets - two adults plus Juv were seen at Badaan Farm 11th July 2008 - following on from a previous breeding record in Al Areen last year this is the second breeding record

A distant record image was obtain - AJ got a much closer shot of the youngster see his page for that

Cattle Egret

Spanish Sparrow

Spanish Sparrow

we have now ringed 14 Spanish Sparrows including (see under ringing) numerous juvenile birds -
Considering it is barely a year since we saw our second country record for this species - it is remarkable how quickly they have carved out a niche and obtained a substantial breeding population.



Hazy but at least the sand has gone

Permalink 02:43:28 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A quiet morning at Badaan Farm produced some interesting birds on this Yankee Doodle day - seen besides the usual residents WERE - On arrival at 06.00hrs (early starts are essential these days) 3 Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters on the wires - they didn't stay long but I did managed to get a record shot from a distance of one.

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

a small flock of 28 swallows including some juveniles
Juv Swallow

and a single ssp fledegg Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Besides this we saw Namaqua Doves, some silverbills, a Single Curlew, Kentish Plover including some chicks, dozens of Rufous Bushchats, Olivaceous and Prinia Warblers, Palm and Collared Doves, House and Spanish Sparrows, Common Mynas, Indian House Crows, a few Cattle Egrets and Reef Herons, White Cheeked Terns, Crested Larks, White-cheeked Bulbuls, Grey Francolin and one of our regular escapee's - a Red Bishop

A Bushchat growing its tail back
Rufous Bush Chat

Collared Dove
Collared Dove

Red Bishop
Red Bishop

Indian Silver Bill
Indian Silver Bill

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Blue Cheeked Bee-eater
Blue Cheeked Bee-eater

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Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull

Purple Heron
purple heron

Squacco Heron

squacco heron

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Yellow wagtail
Yellow wagtail

Indian Mongoose - will steal a bird out of your hand if you offer it



And yet another dust storm

Permalink 03:12:18 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

We are becoming a little frustrated at the weather here this year - not the heat we have learned to live with that - its the dust storms. One after the other there seems no end to them this year. Yesterday and again today visibility has been reduced to next to nothing by dust haze - my car the morning had more than a fine dust covering; had I had a bucket and spade I could have made a reasonably sized sandcastle. Maybe by this weekend I will have some decent images and some good observations to report currently I can't see the shore let alone any birds on it.


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