The windy weather continues almost unabated but with SSE winds assisting bird movement expectations for incoming species remains high however as expectations grow for migrant arrivals some wintering species such as the Hypocolius are just as likely to get up and move on.
Socotra Cormorant juvenile - so tame it allowed the close approach by one enthusiastic admirer who shared with it a packet of crisps -
when the young lady left so did the bird - the whole thing was a remarkable episode to witness - such trust - the picture was taken with the kind permission of the young ladies parents who were watching close by.
Northern Cormorant in complete contrast to local resident Socotra - the scourge of fish ponds and traps a Northern Cormorant (sinensis)
having a bad hair day
Curlew this time some from the shore
Greater Sand Plover these all showing a lot of colour so early in the breeding cycle - Climate Change??
Gull-billed Terns - one of my favourite species
Record shots of one of two Kingfishers seen at Tubli outfall
Chiffchaff an Asian race which one hard to tell with certainty
Black Redstart (rufiventris)
Today felt cold, was hazy and dank yet temperature were still over 18c. However there was not that much around either and that which was played hard to get. It was just as well I had taken some pics in the week otherwise might not had enough pics to make the entry worthwhile. Having spent Christmas and New year in the UK tied to house and home, the urge to get out was well - some might say obsessive.
Coot a winter visitor that can be hard to find
Curlew these look so different to those found on the shore and are some of the 14 now on the fields at Hamalah
Egrets at the mangrove Cattle and Little Egret share a roost with...
Black-crowned Night Heron
Females Stonechat are always difficult to separate into species
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
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