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
Dunlin probably the most numerous of all waders at the moment
Great Black-headed Gull a solitary bird usually this one was found in Busaiteen
large White headed Gull but which species - do the bookks help well not really have a guess
Kentish Plover normally busy breeding at this time but the cold and wet has delayed the start
Marsh Sandpiper a rather distant bird
Hamalah after the rain
Great Grey Shrike
House Sparrow a rather pale individual
Desert Lark out but directly under the sun
Clamorous Reed Warbler singing its heart out
Block Rock Thrush
Pied Wheatear the seasons first starting to pass in good numbers
Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush
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
Great Grey Shrike found in the same area as the Hypocolius in Jasra
Black Redstart - as previously recorded but continues to show well
Stonechat - found these two keeping company at Adhari
Siberian Stonechat - always difficult to separate given the winter plumage of many
Spanish Sparrows just a few from the flock at Hamalah
Bluethroat remain illusive
Grey Francolin always around and easy to snap
Grey Heron are normally difficult to approach - being huddled down out of the wind made the difference
Prinia or Graceful Warbler
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
Black-crowned Night Heron
The windy weather continues almost unabated but with SSE winds assisting bird movement expectations for incoming species remains high however as expectations grow for migrant arrivals some wintering species such as the Hypocolius are just as likely to get up and move on.
Socotra Cormorant juvenile - so tame it allowed the close approach by one enthusiastic admirer who shared with it a packet of crisps -
when the young lady left so did the bird - the whole thing was a remarkable episode to witness - such trust - the picture was taken with the kind permission of the young ladies parents who were watching close by.
Northern Cormorant in complete contrast to local resident Socotra - the scourge of fish ponds and traps a Northern Cormorant (sinensis)
having a bad hair day
Curlew this time some from the shore
Greater Sand Plover these all showing a lot of colour so early in the breeding cycle - Climate Change??
Gull-billed Terns - one of my favourite species
Record shots of one of two Kingfishers seen at Tubli outfall
Chiffchaff an Asian race which one hard to tell with certainty
Black Redstart (rufiventris)
Today felt cold, was hazy and dank yet temperature were still over 18c. However there was not that much around either and that which was played hard to get. It was just as well I had taken some pics in the week otherwise might not had enough pics to make the entry worthwhile. Having spent Christmas and New year in the UK tied to house and home, the urge to get out was well - some might say obsessive.
Coot a winter visitor that can be hard to find
Curlew these look so different to those found on the shore and are some of the 14 now on the fields at Hamalah
Egrets at the mangrove Cattle and Little Egret share a roost with...
Black-crowned Night Heron
Females Stonechat are always difficult to separate into species
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
December is always a busy month at work so any birding opportunities are few however I did manage a few trips out. Gratefully now back in the UK for Christmas with time to spare to put up the few pics I took. PICS in no particular order but to start what I think is my best photo of the month
Kestrel two seen one quite tame
Really was too late for these chaps as a Marsh with the Pallid Harrier depart
Paired Hoopoe - breeding season can't be far away
Just them Northern/Siberian Gulls again so many any gull freaks heaven
Curlew - eight now at Hamalah
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