Archives for: December 2010

2010-12-30

Autumn Birds - Isabelline Wheatear

Permalink 15:41:12, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Shall be away in the UK until mid January in the meantime a collection of images of Isabelline Wheatear taken between October and December this last autumn.

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

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2010-12-19

mostly distant birds

Permalink 16:22:38, Categories: Observation by Howard  


Happy Christmas

Still working around the Holiday had a few hours yesterday but many birds were just too distant for good photography but the most unusual sighting were of Red-rumped Swallows

Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Tawny Pipit

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Kentish Plover - nicely dressed ready for breeding
Kentish Plover

From other days out

Wryneck a bird that has been around some time but is rather camera shy
Wryneck

Hypocolius a regular around Jasra now
Hypocolius

Thrush - a rather odd looking one the picture was taken through a chain link fence note the second one towards the back of the tree but am certain its a song thrush despite some received comments otherwise
Thrush

Teal - a flock of 56 were seen at Tubli Bay sewage outlet
Teal

Teal

Flamingo
Flamingo

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2010-12-16

Bahrain National Day Holiday

Permalink 20:21:57, Categories: Observation by Howard  

we have Ashura running into the National day holiday here - have to spend a fair amount of time working but in between I can dash out for a few hours birding each day.


Bluethoat
Bluethoat

Bluethoat

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Little Egret
Little Egret

v
Common Sandpiper

Greater Sand Plovers
Greater Sand Plovers

A Single Broad-billed Sandpiper among the Dunlin and Little Stints
Waders

Turnstone Ringed Plover and Greater Sand Plover
Waders

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2010-12-15

Misty start to day

Permalink 09:15:12 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Not a lot around this morning other than mist which took a long time to clear

waterpipit - here in the wet grass - these winter mists provide a good supply of moisture for many species
waterpipit

Great Grey Shrike there is some debate as to which name we should use - Steppe, Saxual or Southern so take your pick
gt grey shrike

Spanish Sparrows
Spanish Sparrows

Curlew
Curlew

Hypocolius
Hypocolius

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2010-12-05

warders on the shore

Permalink 02:53:58 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Greater Sand Plover - here in the first image a crassirostris looking very much like he's just come out of spec savers.
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

with a few Broad-billed Sandpipers
waders

arrivals
waders

waders

waders

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2010-12-04

warm and plenty of Hypocolius

Permalink 01:16:16, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Back to the mundane after the excitement of the last few weeks - 140 plus Hypocolius observed today (see Hypocolius page for more info)

Grey Hypocolius
hypocolius

Desert Wheatear - competing with Isabelline for most commonly seen wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Skylark
Skylark

Curlew
Curlew

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Kingfisher - getting closer to a decent image at least I got him in the camera this time
Kingfisher

Pallid Swift
Pallid Swift

Pallid Swift

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