With a low tide on hand I spent Friday catching up with returning waders - the most numerous were the Greater Sandplovers - many still in glorious colour. Redshanks were also pretty numerous but I only found a few Bar-tailed Godwits and Curlew. Kentish plovers numbers remain high with some pairs well into what must be a second brood most pairs however at this stage seem to have only one chick. Saunders's and Whitecheeked terns are also now prominant along the shore and over reclaimed areas with a few opportunists well into rearing their young on the reclaimed areas close by. Lesser Creasted who breerd on offshore islands were common on a few sandbanks but rare on the actual shore as were Socotra Cormorants. Reef Herons were few and far between with most birds now concentrated at breeding sites - coastal areas with vegatation.
Juvenile Greater Sandplover
Saunders's Tern chick
White-cheeked Tern tends a chick
White-cheeked Tern chick at this stage remarkably mobile
Bahrain has two types of Parakeet the Ring-necked Parakeet and the much bigger Alexandrine seperation when perched is fairly striaght forward the Alexandrine has a large red flash on the shoulder, a much heavier bigger bill and is far more raucous in its call an almost screaming kii-e-rick
A fully fledged youngster still being fed by both parents
Note the wet breast feathers adults constantly change duty on the nest always returning after having dipped themselves while on the wing into the sea. It is the evaporation of the water that cools the nest and chick rather than the water or damp conditions that this provides.
The chicks of two nests - they both will be mobile in a matter of days with no vegatation at all on this reclaimed land they will probably take shade behind the rock pile I made
White-cheeked on a nest note the tyre marks all around its a wonder the nest and its chicks have survived this long
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