Archives for: July 2009

2009-07-26

Putting in an apearance

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Great Reed Warbler, Hoopoe, Yellow Wagtail, Ruff, Curlew, Temminck's Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and other waders are starting to be reported from various locations indicating the return migration has started.

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2009-07-19

Busy weekend on Hawar

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Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

The rather elusive Hoopoe Lark
Hoopoe Lark

Greater Sandplover with a Kentish Plover - good for size comparison
Greater Sandplover

Greater Sand Plover - always problematic but the bills are the easiest field mark to note
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Greenshank
Greenshank

White-cheeked Tern from both Hawar and Muharraq
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

Not the best images of a Sooty Falcon but was early 6.30 in the morning and had the wrong lens.

Sooty Falcon

Sooty Falcon

Sooty Falcon

Sooty Falcon

Sooty Falcon

Sooty Falcon

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Finally an Alexandrine Parakeet just to prove to Brendan they do exist this one comes to my garden on a regular basis.
Alexandrine Parakeet

compared with the Ring Necked
Ringed Necked Parakeet

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2009-07-04

The dust continues

Permalink 16:21:04, Categories: Observation by Howard  

One day soon the sun will come out and we might get a blue sky - on that day I will probably have to work.

Went to Buhair just for a few hours mainly to catalog any breeding species. It was fairly quiet but I did count eleven pairs of Little Grebe many still attending their floating nests. I did manage to catch this group closer to the shore on the main pond.

Little Grebes

Quite a few Moorhen around over twenty pairs at least
Moorhen

Little Terns I found seven pairs but could be more certainly not less.
Little Terns

There were 3 Squacco Herons which with the two at Adhari and other at Dumistan make this years summer population potential breeders.
Squacco Heron

A pair of Grey Herons and nine Little egrets were noted along with seven pairs of Black Winged Stilts.

But the bird of the day had to be this rather distant White-winged Black Tern that was always just too far away over the more inaccessible parts of the marshes.
White-winged Black Tern

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Friday 3rd July 2009

Permalink 08:15:04, Categories: Observation by Howard  

This 2cy Black-headed Gull at Dumistan caused a bit of a stir on the Birdforum when AJ asked for assistance in identification - Grey-headed Black-headed even Brown-headed as well as Slender-bill Gull where all suggested until we provided additional images that enabled its ID to be proved beyond a doubt. Yellow legs and bill along with dark eye and brown cap made it a strange looking gull.

2cy black-headed gull

2cy black-headed gull

The bushes at Dumistan where alive with Yellow Wagtail (feldegg)for a second week AJ managed some real closeup shots.
Yellow Wagtail

The desert around the water was alive with nesting Kentish Plover - I managed to get a few shots of birds just hatching under the female with one egg to go

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

After the chicken farm we moved on to Buhair -
The Glossy Ibis was still present as were the breeding Little Terns and Little Grebes along with a Purple Heron some Night Herons Little Egrets and Black-winged Stilts.

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Little Terns
Little Terns

Purple Heron
Purple Heron

After Buhair we went to Adhari - an environmental disaster area the ditches have been cleared with a JCB and all the Thorn trees removed
bar one which will go today - there is simply no excuse for this action - the last picture of a breeding Little Bittern from here

Little Bittern

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