Archives for: December 2011


long weekends and a break in between for Ashoora

Permalink 02:06:37, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Managed to get out around a variety of locations and bagged a few decent images - recent heavy rain made off road travel difficult at times but besides a few sticky moments my rent a wreck kept going
- Brendan reported 4 Linnet at A'Ali farm on the 6th

Starting with the image of the month - this young Black-crowned Night Heron allowed me a very close inspection
Juvenile Night Heron
as did an adult
Night Heron

Little Egret
Little Egret

Squacco Heron almost invisible in the reeds
Squacco Heron

Bluethroat one of many seen

Desert Warbler - two in residence at Busaiteen
Desert Warbler
note the colour difference
Desert Warbler

Dunlin low tides kept many waders out of reach but Dunlin are as always easy to see

Juvenile Flamingo this fellow strolled up to me as if I didn't exist fed then slowly walked away - a grubby looking individual in comparison to the nice adults around
Juvenile Flamingo

Juvenile Flamingo

Juvenile Flamingo

In the fields and gardens

Spannish Sparrow
Spannish Sparrow

Stonechat this fellow was so friendly - he likes to pose



Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Water Pipit

Is this a Meadow Pipit or is it a Buff-bellied japonicus
Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

? Pipit

White Wagtail


Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper


Harrier female takes off after a meal on Skylark
Pallid Harrier

Kestrel inspecting me during a fly past

Isabelline Wheatear - our most numerous wintering wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Now identified as most likely a Honey Buzzard by Nick P. Williams, from Abu Dhabi one of two seen along with two Marsh Harriers and a Black Kite all at Adhari
Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard


Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbills

On the Race Course lake there are over 200 duck mostly Shoveller, Pintail, Widgeon, and teal

but the lake now full after heavy winter rains holds sizable flocks of Flamingo, Snipe, Grebes Little and Black Necked, Marsh terns and a host of small waders.

Sunset over Hamalah - Cattle Egrets going to roost
Sunset over Hamalah


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