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2010-08-29

away on leave in the UK

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I am on leave in the UK FOR A FEW MORE WEEKS - If I get any pictures from here I will put them up on our page world birds

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2010-08-07

weekend continues

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First thing this morning I returned to Askar reeds (26° 4'33.21"N 50°37'11.07"E) to get a better image of the Avocet - well worth it too the bird was still there and feeding out in the open.
Avocet
Avocet

Avocet

I also managed to find a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron indicating that they also breed here.
night heron

and a Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler

I then went to Hamalah and the experimental farm (26° 8'26.80"N 50°28'25.82"E)- not a lot here as yet but I did manage to find five or six Isabelline Wheatears
Isabelline Wheatear

I then went over to Buri to check out the vegetable gardens in amongst the palms (26° 9'48.58"N 50°29'38.40"E) again a few more Isabelline Wheatears on the open fields but in the shade of the trees it was very quite except for a few of our breeding species

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul

Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia

Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul

Hill Mynah
Hill Mynah

Common Mynah
Common Mynah

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2010-08-06

Hot and humid

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last full weekend before a spot of leave in the UK - but the weather has to be endured its "horrible" - hot and humid. First thing this morning was a trip around the shore line of Maharraq and Hidd then onto some gardens in Buri then back to Asker after a phone call from Brendan telling me he had found an Avocet - our first since September 1998.

Socotra Cormorant - these are 1st year birds - but quite a few large flocks around - won't be long now before they all disappear off to the breeding grounds on Hawar.

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Whimbrel currently more numerous than the Curlews
Whimbrel

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

A lot more Lesser Sand Plovers around this week as well
Lesser  Sand Plover

Lesser  Sand Plover

Lesser  Sand Plover

Lesser  Sand Plover

Lesser  Sand Plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Redshank
Redshank

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Curlew Sandpiper - food fight
Curlew Sandpiper

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

From the Refinery green patch - now complete with water
Green Sand Piper
Green Sand Piper

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper

and finally the rather distant Avocet from Askar
Avocet

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