Archives for: March 2013

2013-03-30

Hot weather and birds a plenty return

Permalink 12:00:25, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The migration this year is amazing the desert areas of Bahrain are alive with Red-throated Robins and thousands of Wheatears. Warblers can be found skitting from bush to bush and in the gardens Pipits and wagtails are moving in - in large numbers.

Abdulla has been ringing wheatears Redthroated robins by the handful this year see the ringing pages (later) for those images I spend the day Friday checking out the desert areas looking for the unusual - I was lucky I found a flock of Pale Rock Saprrows south of the Jebel heard some Trumpter finches which I failed to locate and counted hundreds of both Northern and Pied Wheatears. I saw Orphean, Menetries and Lesser Whitethroats aplenty but could not get near enough in my two wheel drive rent a wreck to photograph.


Blue Rock thrush - female
Blue Rock thrush

Pale Rock Sparrow
Pale Rock Sparrow

Pale Rock Sparrow

Pale Rock Sparrow

Rufous Bushchat the first return for this local summer breeding species
Rufous Bushchat

Roller
Roller

Blackeared Wheatear
Blackeared Wheatear

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Emerald Starling an escaped exotic cage bird
Emerald Starling

Masked Shrike
Masked Shrike

Plenty of our miniture Dino's around
the Daub Lizard
Daub Lizard

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2013-03-22

Warm and windy and migration hotting up

Permalink 16:46:14, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

The bird of the week has to be the Great Spotted Cookoo Abdulla saw close to the F1 track last Saturday for me the Caspian plver was nice to see managed a few middling photos despit it being on the sunny side. Found the male Little Bittern while stalking my boggey bird the kingfisher at Adhari pleased with the results


Caspian Plover at Buri
Caspian Plover

Little Bittern at Adhari
Little Bittern

Pied Wheatear female
Pied Wheatear
male
Pied Wheatear

Northern Wheatear females now joing the males that arrived several weeks back
Northern Wheatear

Probable Black-eared Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Isabelline shrike - phoenicuroides
Isabelline shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

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2013-03-09

wind and dust continue

Permalink 06:53:26, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Despite the strong wind and occassional dust this weekend proved to be far better than I had hoped. Warblers Pipits Wagtails and Wheatear continue to arrive but from a photographic standpoint remained largely unapproachable. Nervous is the best way to describe them.

On Friday I started in the ditches behind Adhari park at around 7am then I moved to Jasra, Hamalah finishing at Buri. The first bird seen was a Redrumped swallow followed by an old friend who we will call the forever disappearing Kingfisher, He will be gone before I manage a decent photo. One ditch in particular was full of birds and many species. However I missed many but did get some interesting shots of those deeper in the ditch and vegetation. Hamalah and Buri were disappointing in number of birds seen but Wheatears were plentiful. Jasra was interesting for the pair of Hoopoe I found at a hole in a wooden hut. This is suggestive of breeding once proven it will be our second record for the species this year. Abdulla visited the location on Sunday and witnessed the birds copulating looking interesting!!

Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Graceful Prina
Graceful Prina

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Night Heron
Night Heron

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

And then we have this Tawny Pipit the wrong colour compared to all our other wintering birds so am currently puzzled why this Tawny Pipit is this colour

Pipit

Pipit

Indian Mongoose
Indian Mongoose

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2013-03-01

wind and dust arrive

Permalink 22:05:12, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Not the easiest weekend birding wind and dust made it hard to find many warblers except at a distance as they kept their heads down. In the end I ended up at the Jebel chasing the odd wheatear and a whole load of Blue Rock Thrush.


Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Red Tailed Wheatear
Red Tailed Wheatear

Red Tailed Wheatear

the ever present Desert Lark
Desert Lark

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