Archives for: July 2011


Hot mid-day 43c but birds on shore returning

Permalink 16:00:01, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The weather just keeps getting warmer - a comfortable 43c today - a time to stay in the car, find a good spot, park up and wait for the birds to appear - with a good tide this morning Busaiteen shore proved just spot, an ideal location for this. The most numerous wader species beginning now to show again are the Sand Plovers, with Greater numbers being around three times that of Lesser. Still plenty of Kentish and a few Grey Plovers around and flocks of Curlew, the odd Whimbrel and small groups of Red and Green Shank. However today I was also able to find a single Curlew sandpiper along with a Broadbilled Sandpiper not really close enough for classic photographs but nice to see all the same. Of our seasonal breeding species many terns line much of the shore with Lesser Crested being the most numerous but White-cheeked Saunders and Little terns in good numbers were noted. Socotra Cormorants are beginning to collect ready to move of to their winter breeding islands with Reef Heron numbers increasing as their breeding cycle comes to an end.

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern
Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
A white-cheeked drops in among Lesser Crested
White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Lesser Sand Plover with the Broad-billed center and a couple of Kentish thrown in for good luck
Red and Green Shank
Western Reef Heron dark morph
Western Reef Heron
Socotra Cormorants and Lesser-crested Terns
Socotra and lesser crested



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Heavey dust storm settled over Bahrain

Permalink 10:29:22, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A heavy dust storm and strong winds rendered this weekends efforts largely a waste of clicks still trying to sort the best from the worst.
Little Egret
Little Egret


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