When I left home at 5-30 this morning it was a pleasant 30c when I returned home at 10 it was starting to push past 40c. I spent this morning working the shoreline around Busaiteen and Hidd with the World Cup this afternoon I didn't want to wander too far. The shore in summer never holds many birds but the few you find can be easier to approach than the large flocks that will start to congregate in a month or two.
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Kentish Plover Chick - I watched each pair I found with a chick to check brood numbers - for each of the 8 pairs I found this morning I only noted a single chick - at this time of the year these are likely to be a second brood unlike the first when 2 to 3 chicks are the norm
Socotra Cormorant one of many but the only one close to the shore here on a fish trap
Two birds to report from Friday
1. Garganey female/juvenile Buhair north flew off and seen again in Buhair south
2. Night heron Juvenile Buhair north flew off and seen again in Buhair south
Its getting harder to find birds other than sparrows and doves with the migration over - but my main goal was to try and photograph some Clamourous Reed Warbler Brendan thought were breeding at a site - a coastal swamp south of Alba at Askar. I saw some large distant warblers but every time I tried to get closer up went the locally breeding Black-winged Stilts, their alarm calls are enough to waken the dead. Needless to say I failed in this quest.
I tried visiting the Diplomatic Wadi at the backside of Riffa Airbase hoping for better luck there in the reeds but was surprised to find a Sand Martin hawking insects in the area. What was surprising was that it keep disappearing into the cliff face behind the tallest stand of reeds. I telephoned Brendan and he said he had seen two there the week before. I have seen adult Sand Martins at Tubli in the past feeding juveniles in early August. So breeding for this species here is a distinct possibility.
I checked the shore line at Tubli Bay on the way home, at the sewage outfall the Western Reef Herons out number all other birds. Fledging young and juveniles are everywhere, mixed most probably with a few Little Egrets. What was surprising though was the number of Night Herons flying in and out of the mangroves I assume therefore that their breeding season is not quite as advanced as the others heron species.
In view two Western Reef Herons, one dark and one light and a Black-crowned Night Heron passing through the shot
Western Reef Herons
A young mottled bird just fledged - in my experience most like this go dark as they mature
Black-crowned Night Heron at the net site
Curlew Sandpiper - a late developer that has not gone anywhere
Same bird with a Kentish plover
Slender-billed Gull - one of many seen all non-breeders and in full wing moult
Whimbrel two over summering non-breeding individuals
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