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2017-12-31

December a short month for Observation

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With Christmas and then the New Year- December is alsways a short month and also with January normorally fairly quiet but for a few the appearance of some Calandra Larks at Hamalah changed all that. With a single Observation in 1982 it was really nice to be able to get to grips with this species with a camera in Hand. Found in a mixed flock of hundreds of other larks conataining a few Bimaculated but mostly Skylarks it was hard work sifting through them to spot our wayward intoloper.


Calandra Lark
Calandra Lark

Calandra Lark

At Ras Tubli the Staiated Heron now resident showed briefly at the back of the mangrove at the same spot where the juvenile was last seen
Stiated Heron

Stiated Heron

White-crowned Black Wheatear winter on the Jebel wonder if its white cap will develope before it leaves
 White-crowned Black Wheatear

Steppe Buzzard on the Jebel Dakhan proved a delight
Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard

Starling a large wintering flock near the Refinery never settled unfortunately for a photo session
Starling

Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Tufted Duck looking odd in eclipse plumage here with a Mallard
Tufted Duck

expected but interesting

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Ruff
Ruff

Snipe
Snipe

Osprey
Osprey

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper and Red Shank in background
Marsh Sandpiper and Redshank

Lapwing
Lapwing

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Greenshank
Greenshank

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