Archives for: February 2017

2017-02-25

Windy but now dry but the good thing is migrants are on the move

Permalink 18:05:18, Categories: Observation by Howard  

This weekend was really frustrating, the weather although drafty was OK and there was at least plenty to photograph with the migration really beginning to take hold but and it was a big but, nothing really wanted to play ball. If it could move before the final click it did. Working around driving hazards, wet and waterlogged ground and access ways brought the usually results a sticky end as expected but it was the nature of many an encounter that was odd. It appeared that the birds had other things on there minds unfortunately having a snapshot taken wasn't one of them.

Black-eared Wheatear - female, a rather odd encounter just kept the same aspect to me all the time
Black-eared Wheatear

Blue Rock Thrush remain just the wrong side of close for a good picture
Blue Rock Thrush

Chiffchaff - fast feeders that wiz through a bush or tree approach not the problem - find focus and click speeds were
Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

\Chiffchaff

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Hypocolius found a nice sized flock close to two hundred in a totally inaccessible site so I didnt spend much time watching after the generally bins count was done
Hypocolius

Ruff
Ruff

Stonechat as confiding as ever but about to depart after wintering
Stonechat

Stonechat

Thrush large numbers around but always elusive
Thrush

NOT a Red Throated Robin as I had guessed given its odd appearance turns out this is Black-throated Thrush female It was really hard work to get anywhere close to this bird but not upset I then got the ID wrong - IN FACT QUITE THE CONTRARY I'm really happy with the mistake as this turns out to be first for me
My thanks to people on my Twitter feed and to Gavin Farnell over in Qatar still there are over a dozens real Red throated around in Buri hopefully they will remain til next w/e
White-throated Robin

Black throated Thrush

Black throated Thrush

Black throated Thrush

The frustrates - included Corn and Ortalan Bunting, Red-throated, meadow and tree Pipits, Greater and Lesser Larks plus many warblers seen rather often glimpsed

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2017-02-19

After the cold snap it rained, rained and rained

Permalink 16:52:15, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After the cold snap it rained, rained and rained and now its flood flood flood with a bit of wind from lord knows where for good measure - Climate change, personally I have no idea but things are sure as hell messed up!!

The shore count for birds remains much the same species wise but the number has increased rapidly resulting in a visual spectacular on a high tide when huge flocks can be seen often species by species stood out in any quiet corner.

Flamingo huge numbers wintering this year - the bad weather brings many in close range for a decent individual photograph
Flamingo

Flamingo

Curlew
Curlew

Dunlin probably the most numerous of all waders at the moment
Dunlin

Great Black-headed Gull a solitary bird usually this one was found in Busaiteen
Great Black-headed Gull

Great Black-headed Gull

Greater Sandplover
Greater Sandplover

Greater Sandplover

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Grey Plover

large White headed Gull but which species - do the bookks help well not really have a guess
large White headed Gull

large White headed Gull

large White headed Gull

Kentish Plover normally busy breeding at this time but the cold and wet has delayed the start
Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Marsh Sandpiper a rather distant bird
Marsh Sandpiper

Teal
Teal

Teal

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper

Hamalah after the rain
Hamalah after the rain

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

House Sparrow a rather pale individual
House Sparrow

Coot
Coot

Desert Lark out but directly under the sun
Desert Lark

Clamorous Reed Warbler singing its heart out
Clamorous Reed Warbler

Block Rock Thrush
Block Rock Thrush

Block Rock Thrush

Block Rock Thrush

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Pied Wheatear the seasons first starting to pass in good numbers
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush
Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush

Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush

Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush

Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush

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2017-02-04

COLD SNAP kicks in worst for 50yrs

Permalink 19:57:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The weather remains the big talking point here this week - with strong winds and temperatures dropping to around 5 or 6c add a wind chill factor of many more, its cold - no wonder that some animals and birds species have become difficult to find.

Grey Hypocolius -- a solitary bird found one afternoon was a really lucky encounter and a great photographic opportunity
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Great Grey Shrike found in the same area as the Hypocolius in Jasra
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Black Redstart - as previously recorded but continues to show well
Black Redstart

Stonechat - found these two keeping company at Adhari
Stonechat

Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat - always difficult to separate given the winter plumage of many
Siberian Stonechat

Spanish Sparrows just a few from the flock at Hamalah
Spanish Sparrow

Spanish Sparrow

Bluethroat remain illusive
Bluethroat

Grey Francolin always around and easy to snap
Grey Francolin

Grey Heron are normally difficult to approach - being huddled down out of the wind made the difference
Grey Heron

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Cormorant
Cormorant

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Prinia or Graceful Warbler
Prinia

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Kestrel
Kestrel

Shoveller
Shoveller

Shoveller

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

All the photos that follow were taken at Adhari soon to be unnecessarily developed - lost as a wildlife sanctuary
such stupidity should never have been allowed
Greed and lack of appreciation from environmental agencies to Land owner
of what could be are to blame

Mongoose always nice to see
Mongoose

Mongoose

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Black-crowned Night Heron
Night Heron

Night Heron

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

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