Archives for: September 2013

2013-09-14

Busaiteen

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the reclaimed land at Busaiteen always produces a few unexpected birds and so it was today with two species of shrike

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

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2013-09-13

hot and humid -

Permalink 20:25:29, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.

Wheatear
wheatear

wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

Honey Buzzard
Honey Buzzard

From: Radford, Doug
Sent: Mon 04/11/2013 10:05 PM
To: howardk at hawar-islands.com
Subject: crested honey-buzzard photo

Dear Howard,

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.

Yours sincerely,

Doug Radford
Site Manager
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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

Hi Doug,

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.

best regards,

Dick

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Ruff
Ruff

Dunlin in the front and Curlew Sandpiper behind
Dunlin and Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Dunlin
Dunlin

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Redshank
Redshank

Redshank

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Turnstone
Turnstone

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Western Reef Herons
Western Reef Herons

Socotra Cormorants
Socotra Cormorants

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