Archives for: June 2012, 29


Waders return already started

Permalink 10:46:45, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.

Greater Sand Plover columbinus
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Juvenile Greater Sandplover
Greater Sand Plover

Saunders's Tern chick
Saunders's Tern chick

White-cheeked Tern tends a chick
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern chick at this stage remarkably mobile
White-cheeked tern chick



Parakeets around the house

Permalink 10:43:32, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

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

Ring-necked Parakeet
Ring-necked Parakeet

Alexandrine Parakeet
Alexandrine Parakeet


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