Post details: A long weekend and a visit to Hawar

2014-10-26

A long weekend and a visit to Hawar

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With the Islamic New Year Holiday on Sunday I was able to used the extra time I was able to use the weekend to visit the Islands of Hawar. The outer Islands all twenty plus of them are a very special place, an undisturbed paradise a naturalists dream. With the Socotra Cormorants now nesting on the northern most Islands the Rubuds, the others islands are now relatvely quiet in terms of bird movements with Osprey the most obvious species. Just beginning to reoccupy their nests ready for the breeding season around twenty pairs will eventually breed but the biggest surprise was that of a solitary Sooty Falcon found still present. They have normally left by now for southern wintering grounds around Madagascar after completing their summer breeding cycle. With just a few straggerlers left the thousands of White Cheeked terns and Lesser Crested terns had also dispersed away from the Islands most south to the Indian Ocean, being replaced by large wintering flocks of Slender-billed gulls. A lot of small indentified migrants were also seen skipping between the islands as I motored around in the boat. Even though only a short visit with no time to undertake any serious observations it was a superb break away from my normal haunts which I fitted in on the Sunday.

Hawar Osprey nests
Hawar

Hawar

Hawar

Osprey
Osprey

Osprey

Ospey

a distant Sooty Falcon - easly missed in the landscape
Sooty Falcon

From out and about
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Some the escapes doing well around Adhari
Red Bishop
Red Bishop

Common Waxbill
Common Waxbill

Pin-tailed Wydah
Pin-tailed Wydah

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Stonechat
Stonechat

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