Archives for: October 2009

2009-10-30

Bee-eater day and a Sociable Plover

Permalink 17:36:27, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

The news of the day has to be that of a Sociable Plover seen at the Hamalah Experimental Farm by Adrian Drummond-Hill this afternoon. Having been there most of the morning I am a bit peed off with his good fortune.

Pics from the chicken farm end of Hamalah
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater today saw a hugh passage of this colourful migrant
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Redshank
Redshank

Indian Silver-bill
Indian Silver-bill

Marsh Harrier a clipped shot taken from a distance -
Marsh Harrier

But for me the Kingfisher seen at Adhari first thing this morning plus the six Squacco Herons along with a Cut-throat (photo under Wildlife)remain the best birds I saw today

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2009-10-28

W/E 23 Oct - 24 Oct

Permalink 22:00:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I got a bit delayed in putting last weekends images up so - over the two days actually only went to two places Busaiteen on Friday morning and Buri on the Saturday. To bore those that don't like waders first up are some of the species seen at Busaiteen Maharraq, which include a few interesting Wheatears images.

Kentish Plover - a well marked individual totally unlike the resident washed out birds we normally see at this time of the year.
Kentish Plover

Greater Sand Plover - now in full winter Plumage and included here cause I like em
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Curlew
Curlew

Curlew

Dunlin - just a few feathers left to moult out
Dunlin

Ringed Plover - a common species now with as many on the shore as on the farms
Ringed Plover

some record shots of some of the terns seen here White-cheeked - about to leave to warmer climes
White-cheeked Tern

Sandwich Tern - my first of the season with Slender-billed in the foreground
Sandwich Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Pied Wheatear - me thinks because cant see what else they can be - I have included some of the fuzzier shots to show tail and under wing
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Saturday a change of venue - Buri in an area largely used to currently farm Ocra

Ocra
Ocra

Stonechat here a European visitor
Stonechat

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

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2009-10-24

Still plenty of Bee-eaters

Permalink 01:21:06 pm, Categories: Reported Observations  

Most birds produce pellets to get rid of undigested material in their diet. This bee-eater was caught in the act.


bee
He seems happier without it!

b

Isabelline Wheatear

isa

Pallid Harrier

pall

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2009-10-23

Birds still coming through - BK

Permalink 02:11:34 pm, Categories: Reported Observations  

Bee-eaters are plentiful today. Snipe are building up and the odd roller can still be found. The wheatears are starting to thin out in the past few days.

Almost missed this!


bee-eater

Attention!!!!!!!!!!!!
snipe

European roller
roller

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2009-10-20

A funny weekend

Permalink 21:49:34, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A lot around this week-end but boy did it cause some problems for ID. The major problem were the Wheatears so many in fact along a single excavated drain in the chicken farm that they were impossible to pin down, made worse by the fact that many were the female/1cy winter type. They would disappear from view and re-emerge on another mound of dirt or sprinkler further along the track only to be replaced by another look alike on the pile one was watching. I hate basing ID for Wheatears on a single feature and often the back view provides at a single glance most clues especially if the bird is seen to fly. Fly they did but always then out of view and when making themselves available for a nice photo they would be face on. Tying faces to backsides was nigh on impossible so I like Adrian who followed me on Friday afternoon, ended up with a lot of maybe's and the odd what the hell is this.

But first the pics of species I am sure about.

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Stonechat my first of the season
Stonechat

In the sump a Snipe - an odd looking white faced fellow
Snipe

Six Glossy Ibis circle the site before dropping into the sewage sump
Glossy Ibis

Isabelline shrike - a selection from the many birds around
Isabelline shrike

Isabelline shrike

Isabelline shrike

Isabelline shrike

Red-backed Shrike - two individuals seen
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Namaqua Dove - I remember the first few seen in the early 90's
Namaqua Dove

Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail

Swallows
Swallows

Southern Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike

Southern Grey Shrike

Southern Grey Shrike

Now the Wheatears
Most likely this is a Black-eared
Black-eared

Black-eared

Most likely this is a Isabelline
Isabelline

Don't know

This I am not in any way certain about - rear could be Isabelline but a very short tail in comparison to others and the bill boy that's a big one and with that facial I am not sure thought about a Finches for this one, just a thought but don't know.
Don't know

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2009-10-19

Birds of Prey - BK

Permalink 10:55:20 pm, Categories: Reported Observations  

I happened to be in the right place at the right time this weekend. This Osprey and a Hobby were very obliging.

Osprey

Osprey


Hobby

Hobby

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2009-10-03

October 3rd -

Permalink 16:55:47, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Again a short weekend had to complete some work in the office
First my favourite shot of the day

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Short-toed Lark
Short-toed Lark

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

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