I spent the morning going around Maharraq on the high tide - I was surprised by the number and variety of waders that I found. I must have seen over fifty Greater Sand Plovers alone but beside the odd expected Grey Plover and Kentish I found Lesser Sand Plover, Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Turnstone and three Terek Sandpipers - Add to these Western Reef Heron, Saunders's and Little Terns, Lesser Crested and White-cheeked Terns - the shore line was pretty busy.
Starting with my favourite shot of the day = a family portrait of Kentish Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover - almost showing a white collar
Lesser Sandplover with two Kentish for size comparison
Little Tern starting with a youngster
Western Reef Heron - probably this years bird -
Found what it was looking for
Terek Sandpipers with Greater Sand Plovers - a picture taken straight into the early morning sun
saw our first trip to Jarim this year - bird numbers have increased yet again; the Lesser Crested Terns now number on the first island I estimate over ten thousand Birds with the Bridled close to a thousand and White-cheeked over the islands in general a similar number. Brendan ringed 450 Lesser Crested Tern chicks ably assisted by Abdulqader Kamis with my crew - all the odd bods like Kev AJ Nabeel and Mohammed(our coastguard crew)and myself scrambling through the dirt and dust sweeting our '' off catching the little blighters made worse by yet another dust storm that had descended again on Bahrain.
Bridled Terns -
Weather just as yucky as Fridays but more humid with less wind
Having crashed out early on our return the day before from Jarim I was up bright and early and spent the morning trolling the gardens around Buri and Dumistan checking out what was active.
Rufous Bush Robin a territorial dispute between males
Dove just a weird one a funny colour
Spent just Saturday out assisting a film crew filming various aspects of Bahrain's Natural History - few photographic opportunities for birds but did come across a few anomalies at Buhair - Two Squacco Heron and a Glossy Ibis -unusual for this time of the year. Sadly the reeds have been chopped making a close approach to the water difficult however snapped these from a distance.
Glossy Ibis center - Little Egret left - Western Reef right Grey heron just visible at the back
Only could manage Friday this weekend - spent a lot of time checking out potential sites for returning migrants - only a month to wait and something will be back despite the heat
I didn't take many photos mainly cause I didn't find many birds at the Chicken farm the Black-winged stilts are progressing nicely although we know dogs have taken a few chicks many are now fledging and trying out their wings.
Moorhen - have had a good year but most wetland sites are under threat
White-cheeked Terns - the bird on the right is a first winter bird unusual to see at this time of the year.
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