Archives for: April 2012

2012-04-30

Not the best of weather for photography but lots of birds

Permalink 22:22:05, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Dull murky weather kept the camera in the bag a lot of the time this last weekend but the time was well spent made particularly enjoyable by being able to take out a new resident Peter Liebrich on the Friday and a returning old friend Frank Gardner for a few hours on the Saturday. The highlight of the weekend had to be with Frank when we shared extremely close views of a pair of Hoopoe copulating in a tree immediately in front of us at Hamalah Farm. Not regarded as a breeding species here this was a surprising observation, one which is open to interpretation. Despite being so close I was unable to get a picture due to their location above the windscreen of the car.

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Moorhen
Moorhen

Kentish Plover chicks
Kentish chicks

Blackcap
Blackcap

Little Tern
Little Tern

Little Tern

The chicks and an egg (now hatched)
Little Tern

Northern Wheatear - I have seen more this year than in the whole of the last five
Northern Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul

Red-Vented Bulbul
Red-Vented Bulbul

Whinchat
Whinchat

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Sunset over Manama
sunset

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2012-04-21

Dissappointing day along the shore

Permalink 22:31:15, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Not the best days wader watching that I have had but with traffic snarled in town and heading south to the F1 I decided to try Maharraq shore

Great Northern Cormorant
Cormorant

Cormorant

Cormorant

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Dog fighting Kentish Plover

Kentish

Kentish

Kentish

Kentish

Kentish

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2012-04-14

A good weekend but bad week expected

Permalink 13:01:46, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

As the F1 approaches here in Bahrain a lot of minor disturbance around the villages making it difficult to access some areas in safety particularly some of the better sites. Rabble Rousing seems to be the flavour of the month for a few people -

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Willow Warbler's
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Blue Cheeked Bee-eater
Blue Cheeked Bee-eater

Blue Cheeked Bee-eater

Bee-eater
Bee-eater

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Mynah
Mynah

Northern Wheatear - far more noticeable this year in numbers than others previously
Northern Wheatear

Pied Wheatear - less numerous but along with a few Black-eared and Isabelline they have become regulars seen passing other species of Wheatear like Dessert are now a rarity
Pied Wheatear

Redstart this one ringed a week ago is still at the the same location near Zallaq
Redstart

Red-throated Pipit now everywhere you look
Redthroated Pipit

Swallows - this week saw a huge passage
Swallows

Yellow Wagtail numbers and varieties just beginning to build
Yellow Wagtail

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2012-04-06

Windy yet again but not so dusty but a little quiet

Permalink 15:59:27, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I started this weekend out at Adhari ditches lots of Little Terns about to nest and Kentiush Plovers running around some with chicks -much latter than normal due to the weather this year. The ditches were full of furtive warblers I only managed to get a picture of a Willow.

Greenshank
Greenshank

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Graceful Warbler
Graceful Warbler

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Stonechat
Stonechat

At Hamalah a good day for Bee-eaters both Blue-cheeked and European

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

European Bee-eater
Bee-eater

Rose Ringed Parakeet
Rose Ringed Parakeet

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

At Jasra the roller I saw last week was still in the same location as well as another seen further down the track

Roller
Roller

Roller

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