Archives for: April 2009

2009-04-27

A hot return

Permalink 06:46:47 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Returned to Bahrain late on Friday I did manage a few hours out on Saturday afternoon - following on AJ'S advice I went to the Chicken farm at Dumistan - lot of birds there - the Collared Pratincoles in particular but viewing in the afternoon is difficult as you have to look straight into the sun however I did take a few pictures of varying quality

Male Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove
Lesser Short-toed Lark - have to thank JanJ on the bird forum for the ID on this fellow
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
and chicks galore - lots of these little fellows around as well
Kentish Plover
Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole
not so many as AJ saw but nice all the same
Collared Pratincole
Ortolan Bunting - Still a few around -
Ortolan Bunting
Red-throated Pipit even more of these fellow remain
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit
Rufous Bushchats - moving in and claiming territories ahead of breeding
Rufous Bushchats
Wood Sandpiper, a very long legged Little stint and Collared Dove
mixed
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
Cattle Egrets in full breeding plumage with male Ruff in the background
Cattle Egrets
Black-winged Stilt with Turnstones
Black-winged Stilts
Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt
On the way back into town I stopped off at Adhari the only birds of merit that I could get close to were these
Bee-eater on the wrong side of the bush
Bee-eater
Male Little Bittern hiding deep in the scrub overlooking the main drainage ditch
Little Bittern

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2009-04-20

Away for Easter

Permalink 06:45:51 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Will return to Bahrain this week

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2009-04-04

The sun came out today

Permalink 20:35:59, Categories: Observation by Howard  

What a difference a day makes warm and sunny but with a steady breeze still the same species of bird as yesterday being seen but a little easier to Photograph despite a few whirlygigs (dust devils) passing through

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Yellow Wagtail - two ssp here and I'm not even going to guess what they are
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Pale Rock Sparrow and Red-throated Pipit
Pale Rock Sparrow and Red-throated Pipit

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia

Graceful Prinia

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Around the Chicken Plant waste water outfall
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Little Egret
Little Egret

Ruff
Ruff

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

On my way home I pass through Askar not much on the beach -

Greenshank and Bar-tailed Godwit
Greenshank and Bar-tailed Godwit

Pair Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Pair Saunders Tern
Pair Saunders Tern

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2009-04-03

Rain yet again

Permalink 18:38:32, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Don't know why the weather has turned so unseasonal - rain and low cloud seems to be the norm at the moment - great for the desert since we have not had much rain for over two years. I am expecting a late showing of flowers around the place next week as a consequence. On the bird front the migration is very hit and miss according to the strength of the winds. Today more Pratincoles, Red-throated Pipits, Ortolan Buntings, Pale Rock Sparrows,Yellow Wagtails, Chiffchaff and now Willow Warblers are passing in ever increasing numbers. Nightingale Redstart the odd Stonechat loads of Shrikes and Wheatears of numerous species continue to populate every available habitat. Ruff, Kentish and Ringed plovers on the fields are increasing in number while today Caspian Plovers were the birds of the morning.I managed a couple of reasonable but distant and much cropped plus in the poor light adjusted photos
Caspian Plover

Caspian Plover

Caspian Plover

The rain was at times heavy as can be seen in this next shot mind you I don't think much of this Isabelline Shrikes' choice fro an umbrella

Isabelline Shrike

Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

This photo of a Chiffchaff was taken yesterday - the sun was out then
Chiffchaff

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Rather high in a bland sky Honey Buzzard drifts by
Honey Buzzard

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Red-throated Pipits
Red-throated Pipits

Ringed Plover and Isabelline Wheatear
Ringed Plover and Isabelline Wheatear

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