Archives for: 2012

2012-12-15

a slow day prior to departure for colder climes

Permalink 08:12:09, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Off tomorrow to UK so this will be my last entry of 2012

sat for a hour or more waiting on this chap to reappear but in the end was rewarded with some extremly close views


Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Stonechat - so many around but how can you resist taking a picture
Stonechat

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

a Frog in a ditch singing HAPPY CHRISTMAS everybody - thanks for your support and visits
Frog

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2012-12-11

Quiet weekends

Permalink 09:49:44, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Most of the passage migrants have now moved on leaving us just with our local residents supplemented by visiting wintering species - photographically less interesting nevertheless better than nothing.


Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow

Spanish Sparrow

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

a Buzzard
 Buzzard

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Stonechat
Stonechat

Redshank
Redshank

Mynah
Mynah

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2012-11-27

Permalink 13:01:23, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I enjoyed the long Ashora holiday although I spent more time looking for species than photographing birds I did manage a few decent shots


Black Necked Grebe
Black Necked Grebe

Black Necked Grebe

Spotted Eagle
Spotted Eagle

Hypocolius
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

Heuglin's Gull
Heuglin's Gull

Dunlin
Dunlin

Grey Heron
Gey Heron

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Honey Buzzard
Honey Buzzard

Lapwing
Lapwing

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Redshank
Redshank

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2012-11-20

A Mourning Chase

Permalink 08:18:46, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Friday I picked John Walker up around 7.15, where to go what to see, a Mourning Wheatear was high on his list, in fact top of it. So I headed for the Jebel Dahkan and and what is normally an easy found wintering bird.

They proved elusive, in fact all most impossible to find but at least John was able to claim two firsts; Desert Lark and Redtailed Wheatear. In fact we turned up 4 or 5 Desert Larks and two Redtailed. We walked probed and cruised the area around the Jebel encountering some Falconers hacking a young Perigrine before returning several hours later to the point where we had started only to find a Mourning sitting on his expected perch where it remained for close inpection. A bit distant for a classic photo but nice views were had.

After the Jebel we headed to Hamalah and Buri to find a Bluethroat or two, I had seen several on Thursday at the same location however we failed but John did get close views of Redthroated Pipits at Buri another first for him.


Desert Lark
Desert Lark

Redtailed Wheatear
Redtailed Wheatear

Mourning Wheatear
Mourning Wheatear

Hacking with a young Peregrine Falcon (an import from Pakistan)
Hacking Perigrine

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

A flurry of Isabelline Shrikes
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Pied Wheatear all the same bird
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

a flurry of Stonechats
Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

An oddball a Whydah
Whydah

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2012-11-10

A GREAT DAYS BIRDING

Permalink 06:56:51, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The day started well when accompanied by visiting birding John Walker we were able to locate several hundred Grey Hypocolius first thing in the morning


Hypocolius
Hypocolius

we moved on to the Hamalah Farm and instantly bumbed into the Spotted Eagle

Spotted Eagle
 Spotted Eagle

Spotted Eagle

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

One nice encounter was with a pair of Avadavats - hidden away in the long grass a devil to photograph
Red Avadavat

Red Avadavat

Skylark
Skylark

Oriental Skylark
Oriental Skylark

Stonechat
Stonechat

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Kestrel
Kestrel

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

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2012-11-08

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Permalink 06:49:41, Categories: Observation by Howard  

An early afternoon call from Abdulla alerted me to the presence of an eagle at the chicken farm. Fortunately this time around I was able to drop things and head out to the farm where I managed to grab a few closeup images of the bird.


Greater Spotted Eagle s
Lesser Spotted Eagle

Lesser Spotted Eagle

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2012-11-03

a day chasing a ringed Gull

Permalink 09:37:41, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I spent friday morning chasing the ringed Gull at Busaiteen without success - however the outing along with friends John Walker and Simon Wilson did produce a few opportunities for an occassional picture

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Curlew
Curlew

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Sanderling in the center
Sanderling

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Soctra Cormorant
Soctra Cormorant

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

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2012-10-30

Gull with yellow plastic ring PVPS

Permalink 11:47:13, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Ring recovery PVPS
Ring recovery

30th October 2012 Found on beach at Busaiteen, Muharraq Island, Bahrain at 08:50 local time (+3Hrs GMT) at location 26°15'47.92"N 50°35'17.82"E

Looking like a 2plus Heuglini Gull however was ringed in a colony of Caspian Gulls at Selitba lake, Penza oblast, Russia, ringed as a chick in 2011

See Ringing pages for further details

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2012-10-29

as Eid continues

Permalink 16:32:46, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The problem with a 6 day holiday is finding new species to photograph as repetitive visits to certain sites are essential and as a consequence, encounters with certain species, even individual birds are guaranteed.

found at Alba Marsh
a stunning Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail

Clamourous Reed Warbler
Clamourous Reed Warbler

a young duck without others birds around to give scale it is hard to identify but can only be Teal (most likely) or Garganey
Duck

on the Jebel a Mourning Wheatear
Mourning Wheatear

From the experimental farm Hamalah

European Bee-eater
European Bee-eater

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

The dark individual
Marsh Harrier

Mynah
Mynah

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Stonechat
Stonechat

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

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2012-10-25

Start of long Eid Break

Permalink 17:45:13, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Spent the entire morning at the Expeimental farm at Hamalah

Kestrel
Kestrel

Rosy Coloured Starling
Rosy Coloured Starling

Rosy

some of the many Stonechat that now have arrived
Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

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

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Isabelline shrike
Isabelline shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Cattle Egret

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Spannish Sparrow
Spannish Sparrow

Spannish Sparrow

Spannish Sparrow

Spannish Sparrow

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2012-10-20

quietish weekend

Permalink 15:48:02, Categories: Observation by Howard  

On Friday I took out visiting birder John Walker and bumped into Jem and Nicol who were ringing but still we all didn't see a great deal in the way of new species.
On Saturday I just went to Hamalah and the experiemental Farm which was also still quiet but I did get a few photos

The Marsh Harriers at Alba and Hamalah are still around so it was a real delight to find a rather tame Pallid that allowed close approach for a change

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Sadly none of the European Bee-eaters presented themselves for a photo opportunity so had to make do yet again with bluecheeked

Bluecheeked Bee-eater
Bluecheeked Bea-eater

Bluecheeked Bea-eater

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Scally breasted Munia
Scally breasted Munia

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Swallow
Swallow

Swallow

White cheeked Bulbul
Whitecheeked Bulbul

bulbul

Red vented Bulbul
Red vented Bulbul

Blackwinged Stilt
Blackwinged Stilt

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2012-10-13

an outstanding weekend of birding

Permalink 00:52:08, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I started my day at Adhari visited Hamalah Experimental Farm and then moved onto Alba Askars Ras Juba Marsh, but first some pictures from yesterday afternoon and a quick visit to Busaiteen checking the birds there.


Hope I have the ID correct on this one - a Marsh Harrier I found bathing in the sea
Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Curlew
Curlew

Caspian Terns
Caspian Terns

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Friday and Adhari drainage ditches was a morning full of exoctics

Northern Red Bishop
Northern Red Bishop

Yellow Crowned Bishop
Yellow Crowned Bishop

Yellow Mantled Whydah this one was a first - a new exotic species for me
Yellow Mantled Whydah

found with the gang of Bishops I assume this is a female of one species
Female Bishop

Graceful Warbler
Graceful Warbler

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

and onto the experimental farm at Hamalah

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Blue Cheeked Bee-eater
Blue Cheeked Bee-eater

Blue Cheeked Bee-eater

House Sparrows
House Sparrows

Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbill

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2012-10-10

a few extras from the weekend

Permalink 06:13:44, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Some additional pictures from last weekend - these from Alba Marsh


Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Isabelline Shrike - Turkestan Lanius phoenicuroides
issabelline Shrike

Temminck's Stint
Temminck's Stint

Purple Heron
Purple Heron

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2012-10-03

a great weekend of birding

Permalink 23:34:35, Categories: Observation by Howard  

although it was very hot I really enjoyed this last weekends birding more for the quality of birds seen rather than the number of species which remains small.

Wryneck this bird just popped out on to a fence line and sat there - a difficult species to see at the best of times just goes to show how luck plays a big part in photography
Wryneck

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Little Stint
Little Stint

Juvenille Redbacked Shrike
Juv Redbacked Shrike

Mynah
Mynah

Southern Bishop
Southern Bishop

Marsh Harrier here two of four seen this weekend
Marsh Harrier

A dark individual
Marsh Harrier

Swallow
Swallow

Grey Francolin
Grey Francolin

Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler

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2012-09-22

A great but hot return to home ground

Permalink 15:14:58, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Friday I started my day on the shore on Muharraq at Busaiteen with the tide full in - although this reduces the number of birds around most having gone to remoter roosts High tide does provide some great photographic opportunities.


Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Bird on the right -- Unidentified but most likely a Lesser however Kittlitz's springs to mind workingh on the ID
Unidentified but most likely Lesser

Red and Greenshank with Terek Sandpiper
mixed waders

Redshank
Redshank

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Greenshank
Greenshank

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Almost too close for comfort a Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Gull - a big gull but is it Cachinnans or Barabensis??
Gull - yellow legged

Mixed flock of waders Dunlin and Lesser Sand Plover
Mixed flock

around the reclaimation area wheatears abound but also these two shrikes were noted

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

the adult was seen with this juvenile most probablyRedbacked
juv Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

After Busiteen I had time for a quick visit to Buri

Masked Shrike
Masked Shrike

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

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2012-09-14

Returning this weekend

Permalink 11:45:37, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

Have withdrawal symptons so expect to be busy with the camera this coming week

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2012-08-24

finding birds to photograph a UK problem

Permalink 11:18:38, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After several long walks finding photographic opportunities are a rarity - does the UK have a summer? its raining yet again.


On the beach
Sanderling and Ringed plover
Sanderling
in the woods
Juvenile Blackbird
Juvenile Blackbird

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2012-08-18

Home visit to Pembrokeshire Wales

Permalink 11:35:51, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

On a short leave prior to visiting Europe -
Not much in the way of birds to report but a walk around the Deer Park at HOOK north west of Dale in leiu of an intended visit to Skommer and Gannets. The Island was storm bound by 50knot winds but the walk gave some interesting views of Atlantic Grey seals on the beaches below the cliffs. Have thrown a few other interesting images in the mix to add to the flavour of the day.


Seals in the surf
seal

seal

Seal Pup asleep on a beach below
Seal Pup

Skommer
Skommer

Exposed Strata in the cliff face
Strata

Wave cut arch
Wave cut arch

Common Blue Butterfly
Common Blue

Tenby Sunrise 05:50
Tenby Sunrise

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2012-08-11

Away on a working Holiday

Permalink 08:30:04, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

I shall not return to Bahrain until the middle of September - so in the meantime I will add the odd picture that I get on my travels - as and when I get somthing interesting

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2012-07-20

Waders in transition

Permalink 17:43:52, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

It really is amazing how quickly the shore can fill up with returning Waders, Greater Sandplover remain the most numerous followed by Curlew Sandpipers, however today I also found good numbers of Little Stint, Lesser Sand Plover, Terek Sandpipers and Curlew with the odd Whinbrel, Redshank, Broadbilled Sandpiper, and Bartailed Godwit along with our resident Kentish Plovers that created a sense of busy busy on the shore. Add to this a good number of terns herons and ofshore Socotra cormorants no one would believe it is 44c degrees with 85% humidity.

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Curlew
Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint

Little Stint

Little Stint

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Curlew Sandpiper with a Terek
two waders

A greater Sand Plover over flies a Lesser
two plover

A small raft of Socotra Cormorants
Socotra Cormorants

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Pigeon
Pigeon

Redshank
Redshank

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

A rather washed out individual
Kentish Plover

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

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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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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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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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2012-03-24

A nice weekend weatherwise at last

Permalink 13:55:08, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Grey Hypocolius - the species can disappear as early as late February however this weekend I encountered a single flock of nearly 60 birds in the backside of Jasra - a pleasant surprise

Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

Grey Hypocolius

A species one never tires of seeing Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear this weekend I lost count of the numbers I saw over 50 in total
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Small or Oriental Skylark
Small Skylark

Redthroated Pipit
Redthroated Pipit

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Great Grey Shrikes
Great Grey Shrikes

Wryneck
Wryneck

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2012-03-17

More sand more wind of the week has now past

Permalink 19:51:59, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Warblers time the great migration has started here some Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Normally out to sea I found this Great Cormorant fishing one of the deeper ditches at Galali - a real poser

Cormorant

Cormorant

Cormorant

Western Reef Heron dark morph coming into breeding plumage
Western Reef Heron

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2012-03-10

Thinks are heating up - but weather remains dusty

Permalink 08:52:42, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A weekend of mixed fortunes - Bredan and Abdullah had yet another Great Spotted Cuckoo in the south while I missed what I think now was a Woodcock by default this is the only species that fits what I saw very briefly at Adhari - another that will have to go do as a "what else could it have been" ah well next time.
Buri the Chicken and experimental Farms Hamalah along with Adhari ditches provide the back drop for this weekends images

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Grey Fancolin
Grey Fancolin

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Stonechat
Stonechat

Graceful Warbler
Graceful Warbler

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Snipe
Snipe

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Curlew
Curlew

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

in the ditch
ditch

Terrapin
Terrapin

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2012-03-04

chasing Northern Wheaters

Permalink 18:42:41, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Northern Wheatears


Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Tawney Pipit
Tawney Pipit

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

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2012-03-03

Saturday should not be like this

Permalink 18:36:56, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

A tough day to watch birds

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2012-03-02

Bad weather continues but birds improve

Permalink 17:39:44, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius one the rarer species in the world often stops off here on its way back north to breeding grounds probably in Kazakhstan and south-central Russia
Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover

Sociable Plover
Interesting feed back
Jim Lawrence
Thanks very much Howard - your record/and a picture now incorporated in my update post here http://www.amazing-journey.org/ It is very exciting to see the birds now on the move again and colleagues in Iraq have already picked up on your report and are readying themselves to conduct surveys there. I'd be very interested to hear any more news of So La's passing through Bahrain as and when you make a discovery! Very best regards Jim
The Amazing Journey
www.amazing-journey.org

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear
Interesting Feed back
Norman Deans van Swelm via yahoogroups.com to [MEBirdNet] Cross-hemisphere migration of Wheatears

By now most of you will have learned of the fascinating results of a gelocator study on Alaskan breeding Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe overflying northern Asia to spend the winter in E.Africa as well as Canadian breeding Greenland Wheatear Oenanthe (o.) leucorhoa crossing the Atlantic in order to spend the winter in W.Africa. Little is known about the Siberian/Alaskan birds yet they must have a comparable adaptation as the Greenland birds (i.e. long wings, large size) to cover the enormous distance to and from Africa. Portenko named the Siberian birds O.o.oenantoides but this name was ignored later by other authors. Nothing has been published on colour differences when compared to the small breeding birds of W.Europe nominate O.o.oenanthe and no pictures have to my knowledge been published. What pleasure it is to see Howard King's picture recently taken in Bahrain which surely shows an adult male O.o.oenanthoides in fresh breeding plumage:

Interesting to say the least - Brendan will try and trap and ring the bird - watch this space but please note Brendan uses BTO rings (uk) might confuse a few if the bird is ever recovered

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Great Greay Shrike
Great Greay Shrike

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Sunrise
Sunrise

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2012-02-06

Storm dies away and leaves a few nice birds behind

Permalink 19:40:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

We have just returned to cooler weather after a Shamal that blew up a sandstorm. The wind seemed to make several dramatic changes during the last few days before setting into the NE. Missing from the shores now are thousands of waders a consequence of the colder than usual winter weather. I haven't seen for instance a Kentish Plover for a week - many seem to have upped sticks and left for warmer climes to our south.

But one blessing has been an upsurge in unusual species - Last Week Brendan and Abdulla had a Black-winged Kite a first for Bahrain (see) yesterday it was my luck to chance on Red-Wattled Plover our 6th record plus identify positively a Montagu's Harrier our 7th record.


Red-wattled Plover found at the Marsh at Ras Jubour South Alba
Red-wattled Plover
The bird was put to flight by a circling very large and very dark raptor - which sadly was never identified.

Citrine Wagtail one of many at Alba
Citrine Wagtail

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Cattle Egret - at Buri - the extensive vegetable gardens have yet to recover from the cold snap and were devoid of many species
Cattle Egret

Pallid and Montagu's Harrier still being recorded at the Experimental Farm Hamalah - have been present some time
Montagu's Harrier

Montagu's Harrier

Oriental or Small Skylark - the farm was providing shelter for a larger than normal number which buried themselves into the vegetation on each passing of the Harrier.
Oriental or Small Skylark

Gt Grey Shrike
Gt Grey Shrike

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Desert Wheatear one of several but Isabelline numbers have increased indicating a return of migrants
Desert Wheatear

Quail one of many seen
Quail

Quail

Rock formation in the desert about the only thing of interest seen
Jebel

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2012-01-28

Have returned

Permalink 19:01:02, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A little bit warmer than the UK but it has been very cold here making birds in short supply as well as devastating some of the local crops - all I managed to photograph were some of the usual wintering suspects...


Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

White Wagtail - a most unusual individual
White Wagtail

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul

Stonechat
Stonechat f

Stonechat m

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2012-01-14

2012

Permalink 11:37:23, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

I shall be away most of this month on personal business

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