I will stick to the birds - started yesterday out at Busaiteen expecting to find only waders but the wheatears just keep coming, unexpectedly their number included a Red-Tailed Oenanthe chrysopygia. Normally only encountered while wintering in the interior they are hard to photograph. This one turned out to be a real poser. Abdullah turned up later with his ringing kit so it left wearing a leg iron.
Black-eared or Pied Wheatear
I have never seen so many wheatears mostly Pied and Isabelline on a single day before - the day count was over 50 - wheatears were everywhere.
This one is difficult - Pied or Black-eared for myself I think its Pied
Quite a few Isabelline shrikes around as well
Turkestan Shrike L (i) phoenicuroides
these not identified to species
Steppe Grey Shrike - always distant today
Started my day over at Busaiteen but only a few wheatears today so I had a crawl along the shore - looking for anything close to hand.
Grey Plover - still plenty of variety in terms of molt
Gull-billed Tern - numbers have increased dramatically
Greater Sand Plover
Caspian Tern - lots of returning family groups unlike our resident birds that are about now to breed
In the gardens around Hamalah and Buri things were really quite but I did come across a few birds
Rufous Bush Robin
Harrier -a rather distant bird can't decide species either Pallid or Montague's - if you have any idea drop me an email on howardk at hawar-islands.com
A garden Skink
After a longer than normal summer break I managed to get out last weekend but a poor internet connection at home here stopped me putting my images until now.
Found south of Al Jazair beach
I found Short-toed Larks everywhere I went
as was also the case for Isabelline Wheatear
and Spotted Flycatchers
Whereas I only found Pied Wheatears at Busaiteen along the sea wall along with dozens of Isabelline, a few Black-Eared, Northern and Desert Wheatears.
same bird as above
where along the shore thousands of skitty waders could be found
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Terek Sandpiper and Lesser Sand Plover
Quite a few Socotra Cormorants were found on the shore line many allowing a close approach
At Hamalah Experimental farm a good number of Steppe Grey Shrikes were seen
Graceful Warbler everywhere as usual
Swallow -- one day I will get a classic shot in the meantime I keep trying
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