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The day of the Heron

Permalink 13:31:28, Categories: Observation by Howard  

There is always an element of luck when watching birds in Bahrain as the number and variety of species seen is always a factor of the time of year and the locations visited. Make the wrong choices and you can end up seeing only the regular resident species however if luck smiles, being on a migrant flyway, Bahrain is hard to beat. The latter was the case this weekend. Friday morning was crisp and damp with a heavey dew, expecting some warblers to be on the move I decided to concentrate on gardens with Adhari ditches and gardens planned as the first port of call. With a good mix of habitat and plenty of wet areas, it should produce a warbler or two but I was not prepared for what I found - Few warblers only Herons & egrets of every shape and size where ever I looked. Many were roosting in just a few clumps of trees with an easy approach. I ended up with an amazing species list of heronry without getting my feet wet. Throw in a few other species and I can only say it was an amazing morning. I never did make any other site.

The bird of the day had to be the Greenbacked or Striated Heron I found and almost ignored thinking it just another night Heron. Sat low down in a dark corner it was its yellow eye that seperated it from the many red eyed Night Herons among the trees. A real raity with only 5 previous records for Bahrain this is I believe the first time one has been photographed.

Green-backed Heron
Green-backed Heron

But back to the trees and the species seen from a single location - some of the more interesting pics of the species photographed. With a distance about 60 to 70 mtrs between me and the trees the reference pictures taken are not displayed here.


Squacco Heron - 5 others seen around the site
Squacco Heron

Purple Heron - single individual displaying in the trees
Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Little Bittern - one other an adult male seen
Little Bittern

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Cattle Egret with 3 in the tree
Cattle Egret


From around the site some of the other species photographed

Black-crowned Night Heron in total 13 were seen
Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Clamorous Warbler
Clamorous Warbler

Graceful Warbler
Graceful Warbler

Little Egret one of 18 seen
Little Egret

Hard to find harder to see a male Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Grey Heron - 3 observered
Grey Heron

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

and in the ditches




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