Archives for: October 2010

2010-10-28

Mid week quicky

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Isabelline Shrike SammaheejIsabelline Shrike

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2010-10-23

Election weekend here in Bahrain

Permalink 09:18:19, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.


Red-tailed Wheatear
Red-tailed Wheatear

Red-tailed Wheatear

Black-eared or Pied Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
isabelline Wheatear

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

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2010-10-17

Large fall of Wheatears

Permalink 10:49:13, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.
Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

This one is difficult - Pied or Black-eared for myself I think its Pied
Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
isabelline wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Hoopoe

Hoopoe

Quite a few Isabelline shrikes around as well
Turkestan Shrike L (i) phoenicuroides
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Isabelline Shrike
these not identified to species
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Tawney Pipit
Tawney Pipit

Steppe Grey Shrike - always distant today
Steppe Grey Shrike

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

butterfly
butterfly

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2010-10-08

still hot and bit light on migrants

Permalink 04:41:39 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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
Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Gull-billed Tern - numbers have increased dramatically
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Redshank
Redshank

Greenshank
Greenshank

Greater Sand Plover
greater sand plover

Caspian Tern - lots of returning family groups unlike our resident birds that are about now to breed
Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Dunlin
Dunlin

Turnstone
Turnstone

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

In the gardens around Hamalah and Buri things were really quite but I did come across a few birds
Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Rufous Bush Robin
Rufous Bush Robin

Ruff
Ruff

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

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
 Harrier

A garden Skink
Skink

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2010-10-07

Pleasant return

Permalink 08:37:38, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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
Roller
Roller

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

I found Short-toed Larks everywhere I went
Short-toed Larks

as was also the case for Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

and Spotted Flycatchers
Spotted Flycatcher

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.

Pied Wheatear

same bird as above
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

where along the shore thousands of skitty waders could be found
Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Terek Sandpiper and Lesser Sand Plover
Terek and lesser SP

Quite a few Socotra Cormorants were found on the shore line many allowing a close approach
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

At Hamalah Experimental farm a good number of Steppe Grey Shrikes were seen
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Graceful Warbler everywhere as usual
Graceful Warbler

Swallow -- one day I will get a classic shot in the meantime I keep trying
Swallow

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