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2016-10-02

Long Weekend dust variable winds - Good Birds

Permalink 03:06:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After returning from the States and failing to get any free time to bird with a Shammal predicted I didn't expect the Muharrem holiday (Hijri, the Arabic New Year) to compensate by producing many birds but was pleasantly surprised by what I encountered. Failed to nail the warblers mind that I often saw other than Desert; once disturbed they drifted out of reach as the the wind carried them off into the murky distance. The best surprise came on Sunday, the dust levels had increased dramatically even though the wind had died down considerably with the first decent bird I encountered on a creep around the shore of Busaiteen - an Arctic Skua - a Lifer for me. An event always bound to make one's day - a rather ragged individual however a 1st yr into 2nd winter individual which wouldn't stay still. I finally after an hour or so got close enough for three rather static shots as it investigated the contents of a plastic bag but that was it, the sound of the camera was enough; up and away back out to sea, it's distinct profile quickly disappearing into the distance.

Arctic Skua
Arctic Skua

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

Rock Thrush - a good and sizeable passage
Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Isabelline Wheatear - so many they are hard to count
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Collared Pratincole
Pratincole

Pratincole

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

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