Archives for: May 2014

2014-05-31

Summer begins so back to the shore

Permalink 22:51:54, Categories: Observation by Howard  

the migration such as it was this year has definitely finished leaving only a few late departures our summer breeding and resident birds


Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover with a Kentish Plover behind
Lesser Sand Plover

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Curlew
Curlew

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

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2014-05-17

Mixed bag of migrants with a glut of Red-backed Shrikes

Permalink 16:52:29, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Hundreds of Red-backed Shrikes led the list of migrants these past two weeks. The best birds seen were a Corncrake and Cinereous Bunting both at Buri on the 10th unfortunately neither was photographed. Also numerous were willow Warblers that passed in their hundreds and Lesser Grey Shrike with a good showing along with Spotted Flycatchers.


Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Winchat
Winchat

Winchat

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Indian Silverbill way out in the desert on the Jebel of all places
Indian Silverbill

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

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2014-05-03

More birds around after storm

Permalink 11:50:57, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After Thursdays storm more species seem to be around than previously seen but even then this years migration less dramatic than previous years - question is has wide spread regional winter rains allowed birds to move on a broader front or is climate change having an effect on migration patterns?

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Black Kite
Black Kite

Black Kite

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

Spotter Flycatcher
Spotter Flycatcher

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

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2014-05-01

a fantastic 1st of May

Permalink 19:23:47, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After a night of strong winds thunder and lightning Chris and I started early today 6am - the thunder and lightning continued as did a few light showers making for a spectacular start to the day. Among the fallen trees Shrikes, warblers, Rollers aplenty but the day belongs to some firsts "Lifers" for Chris which I have put up first


first thing this morning
Weather

White-throated Robin - female seen a Buri
White-throated Robin

White-throated Robin

Lesser Kestrel one of two males seen at Hamalah
Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel

Pratincole
Pratincole

Roller between last week and today nine individuals recored
Roller

Roller

Roller

Whinchat one of three seen at Buri
Whinchat

Hoopoe - one of five seen today at Hamalah
Hoopoe

Red-wattled Plover -at Hamalah - probably the same bird first seen some three weeks back
Red-wattled Plover

Indian House Crow
Indian House Crow

Whitethroat one of two seen - this one in my garden in town
Whitethroat

Red-Backed Shrike at last with six seen today
Red-Backed Shrike

Glossy Ibis - seen at Buhair last weekend
Glossy Ibis

White-cheeked Tern pair bonding the passing of fish - here a female accepts the offering but then disappears
White-cheeked Tern

Record images of other species seen - not the the best - an Orphean Warbler seen at Buri and a beautiful female Rock Thrush were not photographed

Lesser Grey Shrike one of five seen today none of which would allow close approach
Lesser Grey Shrike

Willow Warbler with today at Buri a good number seen
Willow Warbler

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