most migrants have past - on the shore just a few scattered waders left Lesser Sand and Grey plovers, the odd Whimbrel and Green Shank. Lesser Crested Terns are still congregating prior to breeding while white Cheeked and Saunders's are well started. Most Little Terns seem to have already finished. In the Gardens much the same most birds well into finishing their breeding. While watching Terrapins at Adhari this Moorhen chick strode through the frame - image is uncropped. Otherwise Crested Larks and the endless string of Kentish complete with most probably second brood chicks are everywhere.
One of five seen more pics under wildlife
Not so much around these days and what is is hard to get close to. I spent some time watching Little Tern plunge drive the main ditch at Adhari and anything else that came within lens distance. Before moving over to Hidd by the desalination plant to check for any waders.
The interesting thing about Little Terns is that they clear the diving spot before the water column has returned thus fly away almost perfectly dry.
Stop Press Brendan rang to say had seen thanks to Abdulla 5 Cream Coloured Coursers at Busaiteen
Saunders's Tern - from Hidd for comparison
Little Egret are a common species around the ditches
Moorhen one of many
Squacco Heron he saw me just as I was about to click
Over at Hidd other than the Saunders's
Yellow Wagtail - a late migrant
Plenty of Western Reef Herons - this one showing the multi-coloured tones often seen in 1st summer birds.
rather distant Lesser Sandplover still quite a few around
Bar-tailed Godwit - non breeding birds
You would have never have guessed that Saturday afternoon would end the way it did. A mini hurricane sprang up reducing visibility to meters in a sand storm, trees were brought down along with many advertising hoardings and numerous buildings suffered structural damage. But the weekend had been good for the large number of passing warblers mostly Willow, Shrikes and Kestrels. The shore line was quiet but tern numbers are building and amongst the remaining waders Little Stint and Curlew Sandpipers remain the dominant species seen.
Our resident warbler the Prinia or Graceful Warbler
Spotted Flycatcher - one of five seen
Whinchat two of seven seen
Swallow a tail-ender of the large numbers that have past through found basking in the bright sun
Lesser Kestrel - with out a 4x4 I couldn't unlike AJ get close to these - At one time there were seven at The chicken farm on Saturday.
what I think might be a Marsh Warbler - white primary tips squarer darker tail and pale lower mandible of bill suggest this species over very similar Reed. If you think otherwise let me know
Lesser Grey Shrike just one of a dozen or so seen during the weekend - never alas the right side of the sun - note the size of the black mask across the face
Red-backed Shrike probably the most numerous passing at the moment
As yet an unidentified Shrike could be either Isabelline or Red backed
Willow Warbler some of the hundreds seen this weekend
Also seen this weekend were Meneteries's Barred, Reed, Upchers Olivaceous and Sedge Warblers.
From the shore the remnants of the wader flocks are getting harder to find. Here two Terek Sandpipers, a Red Shank, Green Shank, and Lesser Sandplover
Western Reef Heron their breeding season is now in full swing
Spent time wandering farms and vegetated corners - quiet with not to many birds moving but caught a few late passage migrants as well as a few locals -
1cy Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike one of 6 seen
Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail- thunbergi
Grey Francolin and family
Rufous Bush Robin
Kentish Plover Chick
Finally managed to get some birding in - but not the best of weather for photography dull, windy, overcast and spotting with rain. Murphy's law I think they call it.
I started Friday morning driving around Muharaq shore line including Amwaj Islands checking for terns and to see what waders were left. Disappointing in terms of birds seen. After this I checked Tubli bay and ended up at Adhari ditches.
Squacco Heron in pre-breeding colours
Little Egret were seen in larger than usual numbers in the ditches
White-cheeked Terns - fishing in the main ditch
Lesser Crested Tern
Grey Plover - coming into summer plumage
Turnstone - numerous along the tide lines
Western Reef Heron- this one showing red hues in its' bare parts
Either currently nesting or about to they are a common feature on the shore
I only managed some distant record shots of the few waders around
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