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2015-01-25

Rain and high tides makes for good birding

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This weeks rain did produce some good puddles in unusual places, such pools generally bring out of cover species that otherwise are difficult to photograph. Unfortunately this year the rains were early and before the main migration has started so the results thus far have been limited. Bluethroat were one species that after weeks of chasing however were easy to find out in the open. The long weekends (a consequence of the sad passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia) coincided with the high morning tides, occuring close to sunrise each day this brought onto shore large flocks of roosting waders - always an easy way to get a good feel for the number of birds and species around at any given moment.

One mystery however were these Greater Sand Plover - unusal to say the least to find them in late January in such an advance state of breeding moult


Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

From the gardens

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Issabelline Wheatear
Issabelline Wheatear

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Not the best photo but an orange spot
Bluethroat

Sunrise on the shore

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper

Turnstone
Turnstone

Little Stint
Little Stint

Dunlin
Dunlin

Mixed roost
Island

Many Lesser Sandplover with some Dunlin Little Stind mixed in
Small Waders

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Around the shore

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Greenshank
Greenshank

Redshank
Redshank

Redshank

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Flamingo
Flamingo

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Western Reef Heron - dark
Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron - light
Western Reef Heron

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Kingfisher from the lagoon in front of Arad Fort
Kingfisher

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