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2015-12-13

Strong winds and rain showers

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Last post of the year shall be away through Christmas

Strong winds and last months rain showers made access for observations difficult at times, there is nothing worse than being stuck in the mud. Even the desert is treacherous at this time; soft sand gains a hard crust, break through that at your peril if you want to get a nasty sinking feeling.

The month was interesting to say the least as the hunt for winter rarities turned up a Chaffinch, a sporadic winter visitor at Hamalah. Mind you it took me two weeks to finally get a photograph, otherwise standard winter fair other than to report the two Pied Kingfishers at Adhari grew to three with two more found in residence at Buhair ponds.A steppe Buzzard was really the only other notable species recored during the last two weeks.

Chaffinch at Hamalah
Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Steppe Buzzard at Hamalah
Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard

Black-necked Grebe at Buhair others now wintering Tubli and at the race course
Black-necked Grebe

Keeping company with little Grebes
Black-necked Grebe

Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Corn Bunting over twenty wintering at Hamalah
Corn Bunting

Blue-throat now numerous and wide spread
Blue-throat

Sparrow Hawk
Sparrow Hawk

Marsh Harrier this one over Ras Sanad
Marsh Harrier

Red-tailed Wheatear around a dozen on the Jebel Dakhan
Redtailed Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Curlew only one on the fields whereas hundred along the shore
Curlew

Hypocolius - took Willi Firbas from birdlife Internation Austria visiting his family here to view, over 300 seen that morning
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Skylark
Skylark

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Greenshank
Greenshank

Rose-ringed Parakeet and Mynah squabble over landing rights
squarkers

Scally Breasted Munia
Scally Breasted Munia

A Bishop possibly Yellow-crowned Bishop (juvenile)
Weaver

Namaqua Doves
Namaqua Doves

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