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2016-06-26

Locally breeding species and the first migrant returns

Permalink 17:31:29, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Is is that time of the year again to check regularly for locally breeding birds particularly in and around our few wetland sites, one never knows what will turn up there - and then there is the shore - to check for breeding species and the first returning waders. Elsewhere there is still plenty of time to go before first records of the passerines will start showing up mixing with those locally breeding species but still a lot of ground to cover in the meantime often with little in return. Can be more a question often of glimpsed or heard, rather than fully observed.

Black-crowned Night Heron a very visible day time species at the moment making observations quite easy
Black-crowned Night Heron

One of many juvenile birds seen note a young bird the eye has yet to turn orange/red
Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-winged Stilt an early breeder in April and May
Black-winged Stilt

Kentish Plover Chick smallest youngest seen most probably from a second brood
Kentish Plover Chick

Lesser Crested Tern just started breeding currently on offshore Islands
Lesser Crested Tern

Little Grebe juvenile this one independent and well developed but others still still dependent on adults
Little Grebe juvenile

Little Grebe juvenile

Little Grebe juvenile

Little Grebe juvenile

Little Grebe juvenile

Little Tern Chick breeding more wide spread this year
Little Tern Chick

Little Tern Chick

Little Tern

Little Tern

Saunders's Tern breeds slightly earlier than Little - chicks far more advanced
Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern juvenile

Socotra Cormorant will start breeding in late September on Hawar here a first year bird
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Squacco Heron - breeding well advanced one fledged chick seen so far
Squacco Heron

White-cheeked Tern breeding season well advanced not fussy about habitat for breeding any quiet corner near the shore will do
White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron extensive season well underway breeding in mangrove on coastal scrub, bushes and even trees
Western Reef Heron

Returns on the shore
Greater Sand Plover return increasing
Greater Sand Plover

Interesting picture - extreme left locally breeding Kentish Plover and on the hard right a Lesser Sand Plover - central birds all Greater Sands
Mixed Plovers

Lesser Sand Plover (hard right)
Lesser Sand Plover
Some of the central birds
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover post breeding molt starting
Greater Sand Plover molt

Greater Sand Plover molt

Dunlin a very early arrival
Dunlin

Dunlin

Ragged yet very interesting 2nd year birds - have they been somewhere and returned or have Black Headed Gulls breed locally
Black Headed Gull

Black Headed Gull

Black Headed Gull

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2016-06-10

getting hotter but strong winds bring sand

Permalink 20:22:30, Categories: Observation by Howard  

As each week passes we see a noticeable increase in daily temperatures, already some days have hit the 42c mark but we have been let of the hook this last week with persisting strong Al Bareh winds and widespread sandstorms which has kept of late temps down below 40c. It won't last of course humidity will steadily increase as well and soon we will be registering apparent temps in the 50c plus range. Then its time to take some leave.

Not much in fact very little to report from the gardens and desert spaces nothing worthy of note seen to report. On the shore its getting busy again as our first returns arrive back. The few summering waders - a few Curlew, Turnstone, Godwits, Green and Redshank, Ringed Plover - have been joined by Greater Sand Plover mostly adults and many showing still plenty of colour. Terns are as usual plentiful with Saunders's, little, White-cheeked, breeding locally occasionally joined by Lesser Crested which breed on offshore Islands. No Bridled Terns seen also an offshore breeder yet on the main Island but that will change towards the end of their season in late August beginning of September. Small flocks of Caspian Tern can also be found watched carefully by our locally breeding pairs who maintain their territorial vigilance in any quiet corner of the shoreline. They will breed from Late September early October. Western Reef Herons with their offspring are now also noticeable on the shore.

Curlew
Curlew

Curlew

Redshank
Redshank

Caspian Terns
Caspian Terns

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders Tern chick
Saunders's Tern Chick

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

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