Post details: Torrential rains and gales

2013-11-23

Torrential rains and gales

Permalink 18:10:36, Categories: Observation by Howard  

A week of torrential rain which caused extensive flooding in low lying desert areas also turned normal country tracks into quagmires making it a frustrating weekends birding. I spent longer digging myself out of the mud than I did birding. Plenty of birds around too but access was a real problem so extensive was the standing pools of water. I even managed to get bogged down at the experimental farm at Hamalah I had to call on Abdulla to tow me out of of a muddy sink in what is normally solid ground, thus photography was restricted to what I could get close to in drier accessible areas with


Dunlin dominate the forshore waders in numbers but many can also be found feeding around inland flood areas
Dunlin

at the chicken farm an island of manure provides these birds with a food bank
Dunlin

Ringed Plover - the same was the case with Ringed Plover here on the shore at Busaiteen
Ringed Plover

here inland at a flooded pool
Ringed Plover

On the shore huge numbers of large White headed Gulls can be currently found

this one is I believe an ?? Gull
Armenian Gull

this could also be ??
gull

Heuglini Gull
Heuglini Gull

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Western Reef Heron
Western reef heron

Little Stint
Little Stint

Turnstone
Turnstone

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern

Curlew
Curlew

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isballine Wheatear makes a meal out of the caterpillar of a Hawkmoth
Isballine Wheatear

Isballine Wheatear

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Skylark
Skylark

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