Archives for: May 2017

2017-05-27

Hot but May was one hell of month for Birding - Ramadan Kareem to all

Permalink 17:11:39, Categories: Observation by Howard  

May is coming to an end as Ramadan starts and although temperatures have soared the birds this month photographically speaking have not disappointed. A pile of unusual records which went along with some great opportunities to get close up and personal. Mind you "close up" is a relative term - for the four Crab Plovers off Busaiteen less than a 100 mtrs was close whereas for the Wrynecks its was a question of backing away. The Red backed Shrike always difficult to get to grip with were overwhelming in numbers so we were often spoilt for choice. The only disappointment were the lack of warbler pics, they were glimpsed but seldom gave up a chance to be photographed.

Crab Plover a long wait for the tide and the birds was required here
Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Whinchat
Whinchat

Wryneck
Wryneck

Wryneck

Wryneck

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2017-05-14

Summer has arrived with a vengence

Permalink 06:33:46, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I start with a picture unrelated to birds but it is of one of my favourite Bahrain residents the Spiny Tailed Lizard (Dabb Lizard) - they are vegetarian and harmless - this chaps expression sums up for me the change in the weather - it ain't half Hot Mum


Dubb Lizard

Now the Birds -
Lesser Grey Shrike never many but they are stunners
Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike numbers increase
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Isabelline Shrike still quite a few about
Isabelline Shrike

Purple Swamphen two put in an appearance at Alba/Askar Marsh
Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Little Grebe a good breeding year thus far
Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Kentish Plover Chick - they are everywhere
Kentish Plover Chick

Kentish Plover Chick

Kentish Plover Chick

Black-Winged Stilt Chick
Black-Winged Stilt Chick

Moorhen Chick
Moorhen Chick

Clamorous Warbler have successfully colonised our restricted wetlands
Clamorous Warbler

Bee-eater a really disappointing year for obs
Bee-eater

Little Tern
Little Tern

Black-crowned Night Heron
Night Heron

Night Heron

Night Heron

Palm Doves
Palm Doves

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull

Warbler NOT POSITIVELY identified too big too colourful for Willow but only other possibility is a Wood Warbler
Warbler

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