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Very Hot but waders already returning

Permalink 08:37:02, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Spent most of Friday morning out along the shores of Maharraq with Chris Moorey - checking for breeding terns and returning waders.

Greater Sand Plover and local breeding residents; Saunders's Terns and the Kentish Plover dominated the species seen on the shore however Lesser Sand Plover and Redshank were noted in smaller numbers along with a few locally breeding white-cheeked Terns and Western Reef Herons. A solitary Socotra Cormorant and a few Grey Herons added to the tally.

A quick stop at the National museum and its garden turned up a Clamorous Reed Warbler of all things otherwise a pleasant but quiet morning.

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover



More settled weather

Permalink 11:09:52, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After nearly two weeks of blinding dust storms it was nice to be able to see some birds let alone see where one was going - last Friday was one of the worst I have experienced in terms of what is politely called rising sand over the southern part of the desert. I had taken now resident birder Chris Moorey out but in the desert areas once you got south of Riffa wind, dust and god knows what else flying around all prevented us from doing any real birding.

Yesterday I headed for Busaiteen to check on the waders and terns - a few White-cheeked Terns were found - some still on nests others with chicks ranging from a few hours to a few days old. The Saunders little Terns continue to breed with most chicks already fledged but I was still able to find a single wandering chick. Given the number of cars that criss cross this reclamation its really is amazing how the birds survive, but they seem to thrive. On the Shore good number of both lesser and Greater Sand Plovers were found along with a good number of Kentish Chicks and Turnstones; Western Reef Herons Caspian and Lesser Crested Terns along with Slender-billed Gulls made up most of the birds seen.

White-cheeked Tern
White cheeked Tern

Egg of White-cheeked Tern

At the nest
at the nest

White-cheeked Tern in flight

Lesser Crested

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Saunders's Tern Chick
Saunders's Tern Chick

Kentish Plover Chick
Kentish Plover Chick

Flamingo looking rather grubby a regular summer feature of coastal lagoons

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

From the our dusty outing on 7th
White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul

Sapnnish Sparrow with House Saparrow in the background
Sapnnish Sparrow with House Saparrow


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