Archives for: May 2012

2012-05-25

The dust has returned with a vengance

Permalink 17:07:12, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Bad light stong winds but some interesting follow up on our breeding species
First the Little Ringed Plover who have breed this year for the first documented time in Bahrain - At the Diplomatic Wadi behind Riffa Airbase
Brendan has observed and then caught and ringed the two chicks last weekend (see Ringing page) - I returned to follow up - what a difference a week makes
First one of the Adults then one of the chicks
Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

While there watching the Plover I noted a Kentish Plover with three chicks amazingly one adult the female, had also been ringed - I assume from Brendens' efforts in previous seasons at the same site?
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
Kentish Chick
Kentish Chick

From Alba Marsh another slightly older chick
Kentish Chick

White-cheeked Terns are now common on the shore proir to breeding
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron showing the depth of colour in the bill and face during the breeding season
Western Reef Heron

Caspian Tern don't breed here until October here but those that do are normally territorial unlike this pair part of a large flock on the shore at Tubli
Caspian Tern

Bar-tailed Godwits although fewer in number are one of the last migrant wader species still around
Bar-tailed Godwit

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2012-05-18

a Quiet day

Permalink 19:36:17, Categories: Observation by Howard  

It not difficult to observe birds in the gardens but getting a decent shot is hard so this weekend was not the best for photographic opportunities
today I'll start with a happy Chappie


One of our frogs for no other reason than I like frogs
frog

A distant Honey Buzzard was seen over Buri it disappeared into the palm trees and was lost
Honey Buzzard

Still waiting for a defining shot of our now numerous Rufous Bushchats
Rufous Bushchat

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2012-05-11

most migrants have past & wintering birds left

Permalink 16:16:43, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Last weekend was disappointing but today with a morning tide I spent some time chasing waders around Busaiteen shore before moving on to South Tubli and the Eastern shore south of Alba - I finished again today at Buhair to check the progress of the breeding birds there. More a check on what is still around I was surprised by the number of Lesser Sand Plover and Terek Sandpipers still to be found in small flocks all along the shore.


Lesser Sand Plover (atrifrons)
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand plover and Terek Sandpiper
Lesser Sand plover and Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sand Piper

Turnstone
Turnstone

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Curlew
Curlew

Flamingo
Flamingo

Flamingo near the Refinery
Flamingo

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Little Stint
Little Stint

Kentish Plover Chick's everywhere with a pair every 50 metres
Kentish Chick

Lesser-crested Tern
Lesser-crested Tern

Lesser-crested Tern

Little Grebe watched the grebe bring fresh material to the nest redistribute the existing material then stand bolt upright fanning the nest with its wings before leaving again
Little Grebe

Little Tern
Little Tern

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

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