Archives for: March 2012

2012-03-24

A nice weekend weatherwise at last

Permalink 13:55:08, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Grey Hypocolius - the species can disappear as early as late February however this weekend I encountered a single flock of nearly 60 birds in the backside of Jasra - a pleasant surprise

Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

A species one never tires of seeing Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear this weekend I lost count of the numbers I saw over 50 in total
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Small or Oriental Skylark
Small Skylark

Redthroated Pipit
Redthroated Pipit

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Great Grey Shrikes
Great Grey Shrikes

Wryneck
Wryneck

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2012-03-17

More sand more wind of the week has now past

Permalink 19:51:59, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Warblers time the great migration has started here some Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Normally out to sea I found this Great Cormorant fishing one of the deeper ditches at Galali - a real poser

Cormorant

Cormorant

Cormorant

Western Reef Heron dark morph coming into breeding plumage
Western Reef Heron

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2012-03-10

Thinks are heating up - but weather remains dusty

Permalink 08:52:42, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A weekend of mixed fortunes - Bredan and Abdullah had yet another Great Spotted Cuckoo in the south while I missed what I think now was a Woodcock by default this is the only species that fits what I saw very briefly at Adhari - another that will have to go do as a "what else could it have been" ah well next time.
Buri the Chicken and experimental Farms Hamalah along with Adhari ditches provide the back drop for this weekends images

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Grey Fancolin
Grey Fancolin

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Stonechat
Stonechat

Graceful Warbler
Graceful Warbler

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Snipe
Snipe

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Curlew
Curlew

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

in the ditch
ditch

Terrapin
Terrapin

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2012-03-04

chasing Northern Wheaters

Permalink 18:42:41, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Northern Wheatears


Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Tawney Pipit
Tawney Pipit

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

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2012-03-03

Saturday should not be like this

Permalink 18:36:56, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

A tough day to watch birds

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2012-03-02

Bad weather continues but birds improve

Permalink 17:39:44, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius one the rarer species in the world often stops off here on its way back north to breeding grounds probably in Kazakhstan and south-central Russia
Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover
Interesting feed back
Jim Lawrence
Thanks very much Howard - your record/and a picture now incorporated in my update post here http://www.amazing-journey.org/ It is very exciting to see the birds now on the move again and colleagues in Iraq have already picked up on your report and are readying themselves to conduct surveys there. I'd be very interested to hear any more news of So La's passing through Bahrain as and when you make a discovery! Very best regards Jim
The Amazing Journey
www.amazing-journey.org

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear
Interesting Feed back
Norman Deans van Swelm via yahoogroups.com to [MEBirdNet] Cross-hemisphere migration of Wheatears

By now most of you will have learned of the fascinating results of a gelocator study on Alaskan breeding Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe overflying northern Asia to spend the winter in E.Africa as well as Canadian breeding Greenland Wheatear Oenanthe (o.) leucorhoa crossing the Atlantic in order to spend the winter in W.Africa. Little is known about the Siberian/Alaskan birds yet they must have a comparable adaptation as the Greenland birds (i.e. long wings, large size) to cover the enormous distance to and from Africa. Portenko named the Siberian birds O.o.oenantoides but this name was ignored later by other authors. Nothing has been published on colour differences when compared to the small breeding birds of W.Europe nominate O.o.oenanthe and no pictures have to my knowledge been published. What pleasure it is to see Howard King's picture recently taken in Bahrain which surely shows an adult male O.o.oenanthoides in fresh breeding plumage:

Interesting to say the least - Brendan will try and trap and ring the bird - watch this space but please note Brendan uses BTO rings (uk) might confuse a few if the bird is ever recovered

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Great Greay Shrike
Great Greay Shrike

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Sunrise
Sunrise

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