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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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