Post details: Quiet weekend

2010-06-05

Quiet weekend

Permalink 15:25:05, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

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.


Sand Martin a rather distant image of the bird -
Sand Martin

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
Herons

Western Reef Herons
Western Reef Herons

Western Reef Herons

A young mottled bird just fledged - in my experience most like this go dark as they mature
Western Reef Herons

Black-crowned Night Heron at the net site
Night Heron

Curlew Sandpiper - a late developer that has not gone anywhere
Curlew Sandpiper

Same bird with a Kentish plover
Waders

Slender-billed Gull - one of many seen all non-breeders and in full wing moult
Slender-billed Gull

Whimbrel two over summering non-breeding individuals
Whimbrels

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