the reclaimed land at Busaiteen always produces a few unexpected birds and so it was today with two species of shrike
Lesser Crested Tern
Great Grey Shrike
Am now back from an extended leave to find it still extremely hot and humid nevertheless there are plenty of different migrants arriving to make a days birding rewarding both from a watching and photographic point of view. On the shore, huge flocks of waders are beginning to form, less colourful than spring and early summer with birds moulting into rather drab winter plumage but still numbers make up for that. Gardens and scrub desert areas are beginning to fill with the first migrants moving back south. Hard to get a handle on they are for now nervous and constantly on the move.
From: Radford, Doug
Sent: Mon 04/11/2013 10:05 PM
To: howardk at hawar-islands.com
Subject: crested honey-buzzard photo
I was browsing your photos (having been drawn to your website by the request for information about the colour-ringed Caspian tern on the btoringers forum) and spotted the one you have labelled as a honey-buzzard posted on 13th September. Having recently had occasion to look more closely at the differences between European and crested HBs, I thought your photo was the latter so I sent a link to Dick Forsman. Dick was very helpful when I was preparing a note about my CHB in Cyprus, and he has confirmed my i.d. (see below). I hope you are happy with this.
Fowlmere Nature Reserve
From: Dick Forsman [mail dick at dickforsman.com]
Sent: Mon 04/11/2013 6:08 PM
To: Radford, Doug
Subject: Re: CHB note
Thanks for sending me the write-up of your CHB record - I did not have it from before!
Thanks also for the link to the Bahrain bird, which indeed is a 2nd cy female CHB, just as you thought yourself. It seems CHBs are in fact more common in Arabia than European HBs contradicting older records, when they were all thought to be European.
Dunlin in the front and Curlew Sandpiper behind
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Western Reef Herons
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