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2012-06-29

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

Redshank
Redshank

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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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2012-06-08

Maharraq Busaiteen shore

Permalink 17:13:48, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I spent today watching the terns along Busaiteen Shore - mostly Saunders but I found a few locally breeding White-cheeked both on the nest and along the shore. The nesting birds were extremly exposed to flying 4X4's so having located as many nest as I could I made a rock pile next to each to deter even the most detirmened driver; lose a sump or make to make a detour.

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

A fully fledged youngster still being fed by both parents
Saunders's Tern

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

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.
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

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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2012-06-01

Hot and windy

Permalink 18:30:44, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Not a lot around today as one would expect but I had hoped for close up of more but I only was able to get these images today
Sqacco Heron - in beautify condition one of several breeding pairs seen today
Sqacco Heron
Terrapin - two medioum sized males at Adhari ditches sunning themselves on an old sack floating in the shade
Terrapin

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