Archives for: November 2010

2010-11-20

Social Plovers and back to work tomorrow after EID break

Permalink 20:04:42, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

What a day today - two Sociable Plovers with one being trapped and ringed at Hamalah experimental Farm plus Short-eared Owl the Reed Buntings and more Red Avadavats seen besides the usual stuff.

Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover. For more information on the Birdlife International Project go to http://www.amazing-journey.org/

more pictures http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/gen_stub.php of ringed bird

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Water Pipit numbers are beginning to build
Water Pipit

Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Stonechat lots of both male and female birds are easily found
Stonechat

Stonechat

Skylark flocks of hundred populate most agricultural areas
Skylark

Skylark

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Song Thrush are taking up their winter quaters
Song Thrush

Marsh Harrier taking a shower in the irrigation sprinklers
Marsh Harrier

Palm Dove
Palm Dove

Greenshank most seen in the ditches these days
Greenshank

Broad-billed Sandpiper not as common as Dunlin and Little stint but still numerous on the shore
Broad-billed Sandpiper

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2010-11-17

Mid way through Eid holiday

Permalink 18:08:54, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A birding dilemma - just how much birding can you do in six days - well today proved that it still is not enough as we managed to find a real rarity - a Reed Bunting our 5th record with the last 21 year ago in November 1989.

First thing this morning which started bright and misty I joined Brendan who has currently two young Ladies in tow as trainee ringers at Hamalah Experimental Farm. It proved a good option with not only the Reed Bunting, which was one of three seen, 11 species in twenty birds caught including a Red Avadavat and finishing with a Quail. Worst bird of the morning was the Grey Shrike which managed to sample a few bits of my fingers while I extracted him from the nets, he seemed to like the taste as he finally managed to draw blood.

Images in no particular order from the last few days but I will start with the Bunting.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Red Avadavat
Red Avadavat

Mynah
Mynah

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Stonechat
Stonechat

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Turkmenistan Shrike
Turkmenistan Shrike

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Wheatear one still unconfirmed its either Black-eared or Pied
Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Mourning Wheatear never in the right place for the sun
Mourning Wheatear

Black-winged Stilt a young bird
Blackwinged Stilt

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Curlew
Curlew

Slender-billed Gulls
Slender-billed Gulls

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

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2010-11-15

Yellow-billed stork - Brendan

Permalink 06:03:50 pm, Categories: Reported Observations, Admin - Howard King  

It was a while since I was at the race course lake so I decided to pop down there this afternoon. Below are two poor shots of a yellow-billed Stork that was in the desert on the far side of the lake. If its still there tomorrow we might have a better chance to photograph it. Howard recons its probably an escape from Al Areen wildlife park but the bird here is unringed.


The bird was very shy and flushed when I got to within 300 meters


The bird landed in the desert behind the lake.

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2010-11-14

Pleasant weekend

Permalink 13:48:47, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The wind kept up throughout the weekend and after the weeks rains many areas were a bit sticky for driving - avoided the shore this week concentrating on ditches and fields then on Saturday chasing a few birds with the nets.

Little Bittern from Adhari ditches in the early morning light
Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Lapwing
Lapwing

Lapwing

Stonechat
Stonechat

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Redstart a disappointing view as it disappeared
Redstart

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Graceful Warbler
Graceful Warbler

Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbills

Roller
Roller

Purple Herons
Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Mourning Wheatear - carrying a ring the origin of this will be resolved this winter
Mourning Wheatear

Pintail Wydah
Pintail Wydah

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Coot - only a record shot was possible
Coot

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2010-11-06

a windy weekend

Permalink 19:27:00, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Took visiting birder Keith Rainford out today - despite the windy conditions we did manage to get a good number of lifers for him, well over twenty I think but he is still counting. I did fail to find a few of our more common species like Desert lark but there is always next time however for those we did get he had multiple and very close views of most.

Steppe Grey Shrike a young bird
Steppe Grey Shrike

Lovely but distant adult
Steppe Grey Shrike

Ruff - female Reeve
Ruff

Male
Ruff

Turnstone
Turnstone

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

back view
Isabelline Shrike

Another but a difficult bird to assign to species
Isabelline Shrike

Indian Silverbills
Indian Silverbills

Mourning Wheatear
Mourning Wheatear

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2010-11-02

A slight breeze but still hot

Permalink 08:59:44, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The temperature was hotter than the birds this weekend - in fact is was disappointingly quiet. However I covered a lot of ground and got a reasonable feel for what was about. For birds seen this October see here

From Hamalah this weekend -

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater - no European B/E's seen this weekend
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Isabelline Shrike


Isabelline Shrike
an unusual angle of the same bird,I had hoped it would fly up instead it went down
Isabelline Shrike

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear looking very much like something else
Isabelline Wheatear

White Wagtail - looking like a waitress dressed with a bib
White Wagtail

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

Ringed Wader - a question mark on this one
Ringed Wader

Ringed Wader

From the shore and coastal areas
Caspian Tern some of the hundreds that had gathered on the high tide on the reclaimed land at the north end of Tubli
Caspian Tern

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Gull-billed Tern
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Dunlin with a Broad-billed Sandpiper on the left
Waders

Just a few at the high tide roost at Tubli
Waders

Keeping apart from the hords mixed flocks of Sand Plovers were scattered across the area
Sand Plovers

A Kentish Plover stands out in the masses -
Kentish and waders

Over at Hidd on the rising tide
Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Little Stint
Little Stint

A solitary Grey Heron stands guard over the roosting Lesser Crested Terns
Lesser Crested Terns

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

a Curlew keeps company with a Bar-tailed Godwit
Curlew AND Godwit

Curlews stand out in small flocks
Curlews

Curlew any closer in soon give you a departing view
Curlew

Flamingo
Flamingo

Numerous Isabelline Wheatears occupy the sea walls
Isabelline Wheatear

Purple Heron one of 3 seen today
Purple Heron

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