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2018-01-31

January the bonus of a few rarities Part 2

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On returning from the UK my first port of call had to be the Hypocolius morning roost adjancent to Jasra Water Pumping Sation - it was pleasing to see so many - probably well over five hundred birds pass through the site between 06:30 and 08:00 THE PEAK BEING AROUND 07:00 - this will creep earlier as the time passes keeping pace with sunrise.

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Male
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Female
Hypocolius

Close to Hamalah farm in adjacent scrub thanks to birding friends I was finally able to get up close and personal with a Great Spotted Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Not a lot seen at Adhari just too much disturbance at weekends but a visit did provide closeups of a Spotted Crake and Clamorous Reed Warbler
Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler

and Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Bluethroat

At Hamlah Farm the problem was finding birds the site was relatively quiet and birds were often easily spooked
Richards Pipit is a species they I have been chasing for years I have seen dozens but could never get close enough for a decent phtograph well now I have and what a hind claw they have.
Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Bluethroat female I believe
Bluethroat

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
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This rather weird looking Dove was keeping company with the Collared
dove

Collared Dove
Collared Dove

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Curlew
Curlew

Kestrel
Kestrel

Lapwing
Lapwing

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia

Graceful Prinia

Graceful Prinia

Graceful Prinia

Skylark
Skylark

Skylark

Skylark

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Skylark

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow

Stonechats a mix of European and Siberian types
Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

At the Jeble Dakhan
Desert Lark
Desert Lark

the long staying White-crowned Black Wheatear
White-crowned Black Wheatear

White-crowned Black Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

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2018-01-30

January was a busy month with the bonus of a few rarities Part 1

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After a late return from the UK the remainder of the month was really exceptional - not a lot of species around mind but what did turn up was exceptional, hence a rather long posting split into two parts


Starting at Askar Marsh
The White-tailed Plover seen in December was relocated keeping company with numerous Snipe, Sandpipers, Shanks, Stilts, Herons, Glossy Ibis and common Kingfishers
waders
White-tailed Plover
White-tailed Plover

White-tailed Plover

Snipe
Snipe

Snipe

Snipe

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Pooping on the wing
Glossy Ibis

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Green Shank
Green Shank

Western Reef Heron now in breeding plumage
Western Reef Heron

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Purple Gullinule (SwampHen)
Purple Gullinule

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

White Wagtail

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

But the bird of month or rather the species of the month observered at Askar has to be the two Pied Kingfishers that turned up in the last week of the month however intitialy it was thought there was only one

Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

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Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfishers

Pied Kingfishers

Pied Kingfishers

Pied Kingfishers

Pied Kingfishers

Manama Seafront at Bahrain Bay can provide some interesting opportunities for interesting shots of fishing or roosting birds

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Slender-billed Gulls
Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull

Dunlin
Dunlin

Great Black-headed Gull
Great Black-headed Gull

Great Black-headed Gull

Steppe Gull
Gull

Gull

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Out and about at various locations
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint

Little Stint

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

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