Post details: Hamalah Chicken Factory waste water pond

2009-05-16

Hamalah Chicken Factory waste water pond

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Friday 15th May Spent the morning out with Adrian, we had intended o visit a few places but never got much beyond the Chicken Farm in Hamalah spending most of the time at the waste water pond behind the processing factory. The variety of birds on view was surprising but the challenge of the day was to see who could get the best photo of the White-winged Black Tern hawking the area.

White-winged Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern

White-winged Black Tern

White-winged Black Tern

White-winged Black Tern

At the other end of the site at the experimental farm a few birds were seen nothing like the numbers of last month mind, just a few late migrants and some local residents

Spotted Fly-catcher caught luckily moments after take off
Spotted Fly-catcher

Red-vented Bulbul
Spotted Fly-catcher

Barn Swallow
Swallow

Swallow

Red-backed Shrike a rather distant shot of what could be the seasons last for this species.
Red-backed Shrike

Rufous Bushchat a problem with this area is that the sprinklers are well scattered and a fair distance from any road making close photography an impossibility
Rufous BushchatRufous Bushchat

Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul

A resident breeding species around the pond but so vocal and aggressive to all other species particularly the tern they were constantly disturbing the calm of the morning with aggressive aerial displays.
Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt

Back at the pond Green Shank and Wood Sandpiper.

Turnstones and our black and white friend
Turnstones and our black and white friend

Turnstones forcing a way in between a Ruff and a Wood Sandpiper
Turnstones

Saunders's Tern - a single pair note the square cut white forehead and no dart at the lower corners behind the eye. Adrian managed some good shots of the Little Terns see O&B with AJ for that
Saunders's Tern

Other species seen at the pond were Little and Temminck's Stints, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Kentish Plovers, breeding Moorhen and Cattle Egrets, Black-headed Gulls, White-cheeked Tern, Redshank, Namaqua, Palm, and Collared Doves, Crested Larks and a million Sparrows.

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