Archives for: April 2013

2013-04-28

Dull but muggy

Permalink 12:25:57, Categories: Observation by Howard  

What a contrast in the weather this weekend - muggy and heavily overcast with the sun only occasionally being glimpsed. I will remember this as the week of Shrikes so many in fact I lost count. Three species Red-backed Lesser Grey and Isabelline dominated the day. Willow Warblers although everywhere and far more numerous unless you twitched every bush they were hardly as noticeable as the Shrikes were perched on every available bush. I got the camera back but fixed fully open at 500mm seems the O ring on the tube has again become displaced. It seems to work most of the time but I did miss a few class shots as it failed to focus in time.

I started Friday early down at Askar Marsh where I found a Black-winged Stilt out in the open with a brood of 4 chicks. Seldom together I managed a few shots of some. The marsh was also holding a large number of Ruff, a few pairing Little Terns, and nesting Western Reef Herons and Little Egrets. Clamourous Warblers most of them ringed were very conspicuous.

After the marsh I drove around most green spots down south in the desert checking what was around and was surprised that I only found a few Wheatears, the hundred of the previous week had gone with just a few stragglers remaining. A distant Rock thrush was practically the sum total of birds on the Jebel.

On Saturday Adhari and the Farm at Hamala proved equally fruitful for Shrikes Willow Warbles Winchat Redstart and Spotted Fly Catchers. Swallows, Sandmartins with the odd Pratincole continue to pass, but the Bee-eaters passage remains light. Redthroated Pipits and a few wagtails remain


Blackcap - a female was the only one seen.
Blackcap

Redback Shrike
Redback Shrike

Redback Shrike

Redback Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Ruff
Ruff

Ruff

Redstart
Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

Bee-eater
Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Blackwinged Stilt and the chicks below
Blackwinged Stilt

Blackwinged Stilt chick
blackwinged stilt chick

blackwinged stilt chick

a record shot of the four
blackwinged stilt chick

Whinchat
Whinchat

Clamorous Warbler
Clamorous Warbler

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Spotted Fly-catcher
Spotted Fly-catcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Indian Silverbills
Indian Silverbills

Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole

Little Terns pair bonding by passing fish note the female who recieved the fish is ringed - we have to date only ringed chicks in the nest so this bird is second generation
little Terns

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2013-04-21

Camera

Permalink 09:30:56, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Had a problem with my camera this week my 5000mm ate some dust and jammed the focus. Will add more pics during the week if I get it fixed hopefully my friend in Ashrafs will succeed.

The migration continues unabated Willow Barred and White-throats warblers being the most numerous species seen. Lots of Swallows Bee-eaters and an occasional Martin passing overhead with Red-Backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes, Northern Wheatears and still White-throated Robins to be found in the deserts and scrub areas down south. In the gardens Bush-chats, yellow wags and Red-throated pipits are now everywhere.

I meet with Abdulla Wednesday afternoon to view some Hoopoe Chicks in a nest at Hamalah only to find the nest had been raided and the chicks taken. No doubt if the chicks survive more than a day or so they will end up being sold in the nearest local market at Hamad Town for a few dinars.

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2013-04-14

Getting warmer- wind beginning to subside

Permalink 17:10:12, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I started the day picking up an old friend Simon Wilson and we headed off to Busaiteen - an odd experience thousands of cricketers but very few birds - given that the tide was high there was nothing worthwhile on the shore. The waders are still here but today they were not roosting at Busaiteen. Still had a good time out with Simon visiting many old haunts but didn't think much of the Shisha joint we went to in Adaliya we have to blame Ali for that who we meet there.


Greyplovers a picture just to show the colour plumage diversity
Greyplovers

Chiffchaff one of dozens seen
Chiffchaff

Short-toed Lark
Short-toed Lark

Collared Pratincole only one seen today
Collared Pratincole

Roller
Roller

Whinchat females were also seen
Whinchat

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2013-04-06

Rain followed by a dust storm

Permalink 11:50:05, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Seems the weather wants to disrupt the flow this week - it rained from squally showers on Friday which settled the dust locally however by the evening a giant dust storm moved in from the Arabian peninsular making the eveing and Saturday morning a nose itching and eye rubbing event. However as I post I have just heard my first Bee-eater of the season however yesterday was unique as I didn't record other than Prinia a single warbler.


Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Quail
Quail

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Saunders's Tern - an early starter at Busaiteen - the Little terns at Adhari have yet to lay
Saunders's Tern

Socotra Cormorants on the move off the Saudi Causeway here a few thousands of the tens of thousands in this flock
Socotra Cormorants

Redstart female
Redstart

Pratincole four recorded at Buri
Pratincole

Pratincole

Curlew now five at Hamalah Farm
Curlew

Hoopoe there are hundred around this year
Hoopoe

Grey Francolin one of thousands many with extended families of chicks
Grey Francolin

Pallid Harrier one of two encountered today
Pallid Harrier

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

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