Category: Observation by Howard

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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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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2017-11-30

November as always an Interesting Month

Permalink 17:41:34, Categories: Observation by Howard  

November first up the bird of the month an adult White-tailed Plover


White-tailed Plover
White-tailed Plover

White-tailed Plover

nice to be able to compare with the Juvenile seen previously

White-tailed Plover

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

Red-tailed Wheatear
Red-tailed Wheatear

White-crowned Wheatear
White-crowned Wheatear

Siloette - a Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush

Desert Lark
Desert Lark

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Kestrel
Kestrel

Grey Hypocolius
Grey Hypocolius

Short-toed Lark
Short-toed Lark

Blue-throat
Blue-throat

Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Water Pipit
Water Pipit]

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Mallard
Mallard

Pin-tail Duck
Pintail Duck

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule

Temmincks Stint
Temmincks Stint

Slender-billed Gulls
Slender-billed Gulls

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

I am still having a few security problems with the site - and currently working on a final solution hence the delays in posting but now playing catchup

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2017-10-28

an interesting month with a few scarce Plovers to boot

Permalink 18:42:58, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Having been away for most of September it was nice to get out and about again but what I didn't count on was a computer disaster, a corrupt hard drive that cause problems in my backup disc as well - have been able to resurrect a lot of the data but still have a lot missing yet to be recovered.

Still October was a golden month so I shall start with the best first.....


Spur-winged Plover - only the third record for Bahrain - I saw the previous one some twenty years ago
Spur-winged Plover

Spur-winged Plover

Spur-winged Plover

White-tailed Plover - my first juvenile and very approachable
White-tailed Plover

White-tailed Plover

White-tailed Plover

Sociable Plover a lucky encounter a few quick images was all I got through grass - before it was off
Sociable Plover

Red-wattled Plover now a regular and breeding species beginning to turn up in numbers.
Red-wattled Plover

Red-wattled Plover

Red-wattled Plover

Red-wattled Plover

Kestrel
Kestrel

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Black-winged Stilts
Black-winged Stilts

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Dunlin - tweet tweet
Dunlin

Broad-billed Sandpiper - alone among the sand plovers
Broad-billed sandpiper

Honey Buzzard
Honey Buzzard

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Siberian Stonechat - note the white throat
Siberian Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Rufous Bush Chat
Rufous Bush Chat

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Quail

Temincks's Stint
Temincks's Stint

Redshank
Redshank

Greenshank
Greenshank

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Red-billed Quella
Red-billed Quella

Blackcap
Blackcap

Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler

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