Archives for: 2011

2011-12-12

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
Bluethroat

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
Dunlin

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
Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Spannish Sparrow
Spannish Sparrow

Stonechat this fellow was so friendly - he likes to pose
Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

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
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Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Lapwing
Lapwing

Harrier female takes off after a meal on Skylark
Pallid Harrier

Kestrel inspecting me during a fly past
Kestrel

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

Snipe
Snipe

Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbills

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

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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2011-11-25

wet and windy this week

Permalink 13:08:19, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Heavy rains this week caused minor puddles to turn into mini lakes these will provide the basis for a great show of spring flowers in a few weeks time


Isabelline Wheatear weathering the chill wind
Isabelline Wheatear

Desert Wheatear a little damp
Desert Wheatear

Grey Hypocolius - I spent several hours watching the sunrise over the current roost in Jasra; more to count numbers than photograph - I ended up with close to 300 seen
Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

Isabelline Shrikes doesn't matter where you go there are a lot around these days all shapes and sizes
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Stonechats soaked by the rain
Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Bluethroat a particularly odd looking one no red in throat no tan in the tail
Bluethroat

On the shore Flamingo numbers continue to climb over 7000 now in and around Tubli bay
Flamingo

Dunlin the most common wader at the moment
Dunlin

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Lesser Sandplover
Lesser Sandplover

left to right Lesser Sandplover, Broad-Billed Sandpiper and a Dunlin
Waders

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2011-11-19

a foggy damp start to the day

Permalink 18:47:46, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Lots around but strange light first thing with a think hazy fog draping the landscape

Juv Wood Sandpiper
Juv Wood Sandpiper

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Skylark
Skylark

Stonechat
Stonechat

Grey Francolin
Grey Francolin

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

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2011-11-08

breezy but cooler now

Permalink 09:13:29, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

not a lot to photograph was found this weekend - lots of birds and species mind but in feeding mode making them hard to approach


Grey shrike of the southern variety
Grey shrike

Grey shrike

Grey shrike

Isabelline shrike a good number now moving in to winter age sex and ssp always a difficult question
isabeline shrike

isabeline shrike

perennial favourite the Hoopoe two of many seen today
hoopoe

hoopoe

hoopoe

Water Pipit
Water pipit

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater continue to pass


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Indian Silverbills
Indian Silverbills

House Crow
House Crow

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2011-10-28

a interesting weekend -

Permalink 11:30:48, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

A few pictures gathered from checking the various locations around the island this last week

Night Heron
night heron

Mynah
Mynah

Red-vented Bulbul
Redvented Bulbul

Pied Wheatear not many left now
Pied wheatear

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

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Hamalah Farm
Hamalah Farm

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Stonechat
Stonechat

wheatears recycling a left over piece of car wreck
wheatears

waders
waders

Little Stint
Little stints

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

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2011-10-16

a good weekend - nice weather nice birds

Permalink 21:31:24, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Had a good week-ends birding more species being seen if not presenting themselves in front of the camera - noted this week in larger number returning Tawny Pipits, White Wagtails and Stonechats. In the fields Warblers a plenty Menetries's Orphean, Upcher's, Great Reed and a variety of White-throats. On the shore much the same an increase in numbers more than anything but a decline in Terns with White-cheeked almost now absent.

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

White wagtail
White wagtail

Yellow Wagtails
Yellow Wagtails

Yellow Wagtails

Yellow Wagtails

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Great Grey Shrike - they have a habit of doing this after you have spend ten minutes creeping up
Gt Grey Shrike

Gt Grey Shrike

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Marsh Harrier right under the sun could have been a great photo otherwise
Marsh Harrier
same bird from a great distance
Marsh Harrier

Collared Dove and when you aren't bothered about getting a shot they just sit there
Collared Dove

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

On the shore

Lesser Sand Plover - territorial dispute although the beach is empty of other competition
Lesser Sand Plover

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Dunlin
Dunlin

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greenshank with Lesser Sand Plover in front
Greenshank

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sand Plover

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper

Western Reef Heron Dark morph
Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron White morph
Western Reef Heron

Mixed Terns mostly Saunders's and the larger Lesser Created
Mixed Terns

Flamingo
Flamingo

a flourish to finish - but what is it well its one of the wader species above

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2011-10-08

Great day Wales beat Ireland in Rugby - tough Doc

Permalink 16:14:42, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Thank goodness for full 3G coverage in Bahrain was able to hear the match and watch the birds - technology never ceases to amaze - today visited the Chicken Farm Hamalah and Buri then caught a flight shot on the way home of a Lesser Spotted Eagle

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Isbelline Shrikes - complex - today all Juveniles
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Young Great Grey Shrike -
Great Grey Shrike

Indian Silverbills
Indian Silverbills

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Lesser Spotted Eagle


Lesser Spotted Eagle

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2011-10-02

The Wind has returned first Shammal of the season

Permalink 08:47:43 am, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Still relatively quiet with birds hard to find - and nervous when you do - photographic opportunities were few this week

Young Isabelline Shrike
Young Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

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2011-09-25

Migration begins to heat up

Permalink 19:23:37, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Friday was a no go as I had a lot of work to catch up on -but on Saturday spent a lot of time watching wheatears at Busaiteen - most turned out to be either Pied or Isabelline but all had to be checked -

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Not many Socotra cormorants left most have departed for Hawar and the breeding grounds but this one allowed a close approach
Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

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2011-09-17

it remains quiet -

Permalink 14:05:50, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Friday - had a problem with the car so couldn't go very far - today spent most of my time in and around gardens looking for warblers and stuff - not a great deal but did manage to see several White-throats some Reed and Olivacous Warblers - Yellow Wagtails, Hoopoe, Shrikes and Isabelline Wheatears remain fairly numerous.


Snipe
Snipe

Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

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2011-09-10

still hot but things moving slowly through

Permalink 14:34:08, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

I started early this morning hoping to catch the Eagle at Tubli but no sign of the bird - just a Squacco Heron sunning itself in the early morning rays caught my eye

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

After a searching around the edge of Tubli I headed to the Chicken farm at Hamalah lots of Shrikes around and small stuff popping in and out of the grass -

Ortolan Bunting - just after a shower in a sprinkler
Ortolan Bunting

Out with his new family this Red Bishop was hard to miss
Red Bishop

Namaqua Dove small parties were found all around in the smi desert rough stuff
Namaqua Dove

Spotted Flycatcher - the first of the season
Spotted Flycatcher

Grey Shrike one of many on the sprinklers
Grey Shrike

Isabelline Shrikes moving in for the winter
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear can't be long before other species start tuning up
Isabelline Wheatear

Hoopoe one of three found under one tree
Hoopoe

Cattle Egret with a skink for breakfast
Cattle Egret

Another Masked Shrike and what I think were Tree Pipits eluded me as as soon as I turned the camera in their direction - not as many yellow wagtails here as Buri yesterday but they are difficult to approach so I didn't chase any down.

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2011-09-09

a slow morning but enjoyable a casual afternoon

Permalink 12:37:52 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The Bird of the day had to be this Spotted Eagle that had plonked itself down into the middle the Tubli Bay Mangroves at the sewage outfall - with my 500mm lens out of commission the best I could get was this record shot - This is an exceptional record - The first for several years but also so early in the season for the species

Spotted Eagle
Spotted Eagle

Day of the Wagtails - at Buri Farm with hundreds of birds while in the tree it was Rufus Bush-chats
Even at Ras Jubar swamp at Askar later numerous wagtails were found to be roosting

Yellow Wagtail Buri
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Rufus Bush-chat
Rufus Bush-chat

Juvenile Night Heron was the only photographed bird at Adhari ditches
Juvenile Night heron

and at the Refinery pond besides a glimpse of a Little Grebe I had to make do with poor views of a Grey and a very distant Red-backed Shrike

Grey Shrike - Juvenile
grey shrike

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

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Hot and humid

Permalink 06:28:51 am, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Had an opportunity to fit a few hours in yesterday afternoon at Busaiteen before duty at the airport called me away - plenty of waders on the shore but it was nice to see a few Socotra Cormorants around that haven't yet disappeared to breeding grounds on Hawar
Socotra Cormorant last years bird
Socotra Cormorant
Adult - note the long toe used in scrapping out its nest
Socotra Cormorant
As is usual at for this time of the year small flocks of Short-toed larks can be found congregating in many open areas
Short-toed Lark

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2011-08-22

Juvenile Lapwing in August

Permalink 04:31:46 pm, Categories: Reported Observations  

This juvenile Lapwing turned up at the Refinery pond on Friday 19th August. An interesting record for this time of year. The nearest known breeding population is Turkey. He is a long way from home for such a young bird!



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2011-08-07

away during August

Permalink 11:09:28, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

I am away this entire month primarily in the UK - during this time I shall be putting any pictures of interest on our World Birds page which if you haven't looked at you should just to see some of the great photographs Mike Pope has up there

Kestrel
Kestrel

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2011-07-22

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
terns
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
mixed
Red and Green Shank
shanks
Curlew
Curlew
Western Reef Heron dark morph
Western Reef Heron
Socotra Cormorants and Lesser-crested Terns
Socotra and lesser crested

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2011-07-04

Flaged visitors

Permalink 20:26:15, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

People from 182 different countries have visited this site since 4 June 2010

To them all thank you for your support

Total unique visitors: since that date 70,861

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2011-07-03

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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2011-06-25

Temperatures begin to cimb - local breeding terns manage somehow to survive

Permalink 05:46:07, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

A Little Tern with a chick - one of three

little tern and chick
one of the chicks on walk about - hard to see unless they move
little tern chick

after Brendan's unseasonal obs of a Long legged Buzzard and Great White Egret here is another unexpected visitor a Purple Heron
Purple Heron

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2011-06-10

On the shore Busaiteen

Permalink 12:34:53, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A half tide and still surprisingly a lot around - species seen - Grey, Lesser and Greater Sand Plover, Red and Green Shank, Sanderling, Dunlin, Curlew and Turnstone beside the known breeding species of Kentish Plover, Sauders's, Lesser Crested and White-cheeked Tern, plus numerous Western Reef Herons and Socotra Cormorants.
Curlew
Curlew

Curlew
Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Juvenile
Saunders's Tern

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern
Juvenile
White-cheeked Tern

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

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2011-06-03

June - the heat begins

Permalink 07:12:11, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Grey Francolin
Grey Francolin

Grey Francolin

Grey Francolin

Kentish Plover a hardy chick
Kentish Plover

Namaqua Dove

A belated image missed from the week before
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters

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2011-05-27

Radom images from spring migration

Permalink 06:35:43, Categories: Observation by Howard  


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Isabelline Shrike -
Isabelline Shrike
Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Bittern
White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul
Black-winged Pratincole our forth record
Black-winged Pratincole

Black-winged Pratincole
Crested Lark
Crested Lark
Grey Fancolin
Grey Fancolin
Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Greenshank
Greenshank
White-cheeked Terns witha Curlew and a couple of Whimbrel
Mixed
Kentish Plover chick - of which we have a lot
Kentish Plover chick
Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

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2011-05-20

selection of unpublished photos

Permalink 13:57:42, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Spring observations were interrupted on occasions - a series of pictures taken through that time that a bad internet connection would not allow me to upload

Rufous Bushcaht or Robin
bushchat
Yellow Wagtail
yellow wagtail
Redstart
Redstart
Upchers warbler
Upcherswarbler
Whinchat
Whinchat
White-throat
White-throat
White-throated Robin
White-throated Robin

White-throated Robin
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Chiffchaff this is a I think
Chiff
Sanderling and Turnstone
Sanderling and Turnstone
Sanderling
Sanderling
A selection of wader about to migrate north
wader

terrapin
terrapin

terrapin

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Was away but am now back

Permalink 06:16:16 am, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Had to go overseas on a work related visit have pictures from last week that I never managed to put up will do today I hope

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2011-04-15

Dull overcast and rain showers but good birds

Permalink 20:16:28, Categories: Observation by Howard  

We are experiencing some funny weather one day its raining the next we have a sandstorm and then several days of both together - one could say dirty rain and yet the ground hardly gets wet strange but true.
But the good news is the birds are moving through now in large numbers Today we lost count of the umber of warblers we saw - mostly Willow and Chiffchaff but all kinds of other goodies besides.


Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush
Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting
Roller
Roller
Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Kestrel
Kestrel

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2011-04-08

Hot was the word today -it got to 38c

Permalink 20:40:07, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Kentish Plover and now with chicks
Kentish Plover

Black-eared Wheatear
black-eared wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Menetries' Warbler
Menetries' Warbler

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2011-04-01

back to birding

Permalink 19:11:21, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After the chaos of the last few weeks calm and reason has finally returned hopefully for ever. I did sneak out a few times to observe but photography was restricted but Brendan and I have managed a bit of ringing in some of our quieter spots with good results.

Shrikes of the Isabelline complex Feb 26th
isabellinus
isabelline shrike

isabelline shrike

isabelline shrike

isabelline shrike

phoenicuroides
phoenicuroides

phoenicuroides
phoenicuroides

phoenicuroides

phoenicuroides

Black-eared Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear

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problems up dating

Permalink 05:19:12, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Due to circumstance beyond my control NORMAL SERVICES WILL BE RESUMED TODAY I hope WITH NEW IMAGES FROM TODAYS OUTINGS

Yellow Wagtail Feldegg
Yellow Wagtail

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat

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2011-02-06

Just a trickle but more migrants are turning up

Permalink 07:59:27, Categories: Observation by Howard  

winter visitors and residents still make up the list of most birds seen but one gets a sense of expectation as more migrants start to turn up


Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Ruff
Ruff

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Citrine Wagtail - two this weekend as Askar
Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

joining thhe few Grey Wagtails that have wintered here
Grey Wagtail

Great White Egret two seen; one Tubli one Askar marsh
Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Showing off its Yellow feet a Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel

Marsh Harrier - the same one as seen at Hamalah A'Ali and Adhari seen here at Askar
Marsh Harrier

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2011-02-02

Still have some rain around

Permalink 07:59:11, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Its been a damp start to the year - good for the wildlife if you can get near to it - the topsoil tuns to mud in many places makeing access difficult.


The Graceful Warblers seem to be enjoying the weather anyhow - as noisy and busy as ever
Graceful Warbler

Graceful Warbler

there seems to be a hugh increase in Crested Larks also this year as they prepare to breed in the next few months
Crested Lark

Collared Dove common over farmland still but not as numerous as in the past in some areas seem to have been displaced
Collared Dove

White-cheeked Bulbul seem to be holding there own
White-cheeked Bulbul

Indian House Crow blamed by many for the decline of some species - but under threat now themselves from persecution
Indian House Crow

Indian House Crow

Spanish Sparrow as a recent colonizer it is doing well and a pleasant addition to our breeding list
Spanish Sparrow

Squacco Herons are now a full time resident - breeding is more difficult to prove
Squacco Heron

Namaqua Dove - common in semi desert areas close to farmland they can be rather ellusive
Namaqua Dove

A very successfull breeding species the Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

This bird from last years breeding season has yet too decide if it will turn out white or dark grey/blue
Western Reef Heron

of wintering migrants we have a large numbers of Song Thrush at the moment last week Brendan counted 136 at a single roost in Jasra
Song Thrush

Skylark number are good as well this year and flocks seem to hold more Oriental than usual
Skylark

A regular but scarce winter visitor Redstart
Redstart

probably more numerous this year than others Isabelline Wheratear are very prominent and photogenic visitors
Isabelline Wheratear

Isabelline Shrike the most obvious of wintering shrikes unlike the few Masked which are extremly hard to find
Isabelline Shrike

Common Sandpiper seen through out the year it wonldn't surprise me if they actual breed here
Common Sandpiper

Walk through any patch of overgrown farm land and you are guarenteed to see Bluethroat everywhere getting a decent picture is the hard thing
Bluethroat

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2011-01-23

a bit cooler that expected

Permalink 16:40:05, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After last weeks heavy rain its a a bit of a quagmire out there but still managed not to get stuck in the mud and visit a few of the usual places. Not quite as lucky as Brendan to see an Osprey bathing in Buhair which is the valley of doom for two wheelers like myself but had a good time nevertheless. It really was a question of water water everywhere.


Storm clouds - think I can see the sun

Askar
like a pair of bookends a Green and Redshank at Askar (Alba) marsh next to Ras Al Jubur desalination plant
Green and Redshank

Greenshank on its own wading - they can also swim which I have photos off as well
Greenshank

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper

Blackwinged Stilts
Blackwinged Stilts

Snipe - or at least part of one
Snipe

Also at Askar - but looking different to the next bird from the farmland of Hamalah
Water Pipit

Hamalah
Water Pipit
Water Pipit

White Wagtails hard to ignore there are so many around
White Wagtails

White Wagtails

Skylark
Skylark

Southern Great Grey Shrike - will leave the splitting to others currently they have not stopped playing around with the species
Southern Great Grey Shrike

Cattle Egret - one of natures vacuum cleaners
Cattle Egret

Palm Dove - now more numerous than Collared
Palm Dove

Lapwing - five of nine roosting at Hamalah
Lapwing

Isabelline Shrike 3 pictures of the same bird more obliging than usual (note some people call this Durian a name I hate - Lars Svensson uses Isabelline for Lanius isabellinus and Turkestan for Lanius phoenicuroides)

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Stonechats - a good mix of just a few of the wintering birds - they are very common this year
Stonechat (Siberian)

Stonechat (Siberian)

Stonechat (Siberian)

Stonechat (Siberian)

Stonechat (Siberian)

Stonechat (Siberian)

Stonechat (Siberian)

Pallid Swift getting better at chasing these speedsters
Pallid Swift

Jebels Its camping or silly season at the moment and birds are distant and hard to find
Mourning Wheatear - this one fluffing up against the cold one of four seen
Mourning Wheatear

Mourning Wheatear

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush

Lesser Sandplover tide was out this weekend so few wader shots
Lesser Sandplover

Broad-billed Sandpiper - good numbers close in this year
Broad-billed Sandpipers

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2011-01-15

Pleasant but a windy day

Permalink 17:03:38, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Back to work tomorrow - but spent a pleasant few hours around the ditches at Adhari then checked out the birds at Tubli


male Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Snipe
Snipe

Greenshank
Greenshank

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Caspian Terns a winter breeding species here the juvenile stands in the center
Caspian Terns

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2011-01-14

New Year Return

Permalink 20:16:33, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

I had hoped to return from the UK to sunshine but the it turned out to be a dull day. I had a mad dash around the shore checking what was around, BUT with a mid tide in the morning most things were too distant for good photography. After the shore I checked out the farms at Buri and Hamalah but as expected mostly quiet with only familiar species on view

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

a flock of mixed Slender-billed and Black-headed Gulls
small gulls

Redshank
Redshank

Flamingo
Flamingo

Dunlin
Dunlin

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Isabelline Wheatear
Isasbelline Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Graceful Warbler
Graceful Warbler

Mynah
Mynah

Stonechat
Stonechat

Stonechat

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Bluethroat

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