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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

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 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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2017-03-27

Time to finally nup date the page

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The last few weeks work and pleasure have gone into overload only now do I have time to up date the site. The weather has been the winner this month regardless - to sum up its been cold wet and worse still no change in access it remains - sticky icky on the tracks.


Durian Redstart
Durian Redstart

Durian Redstart

Durian Redstart

Durian Redstart

Durian Redstart

Black-eared Wheatear - not the best picture but interesting plumage
Black-eared Wheatear

Bluethroat
Blue-throat

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Coot - only a few left now
Coot

Desert Warbler as seen in town
Desert Warbler

Palm Dove and Masked Shrike
Palm Dove and Masked Shrike

Palm Dove and Masked Shrike

Houbara Bustard
Houbara Bustard

Houbara Bustard

Hypocolius probably the last until they return in October

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Isabelline Shrike - very high numbers this year
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Masked Shrike
Masked Shrike

Masked Shrike

Masked Shrike

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pintailed Snipe identified by the facial markings
Pintailed Snipe

Pintailed Snipe

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Stonechat
Stonechat

Stonechat

Redbacked Shrike
Redbacked Shrike

Redbacked Shrike

Yellow Wagtails
Yellow Wagtails

Yellow Wagtails

Yellow Wagtails

Yellow Wagtails

Willow or Chiffchaff - my vote Willow
WARBLER

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

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2016-12-21

Windy and some rain helped the desert but disperses the birds

Permalink 18:11:59, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

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


Desert Warbler always a difficult bird to photograph patience with a element of luck paid off with this chap
Desert Warbler

Desert Warbler

Kestrel two seen one quite tame
Kestrel

Kestrel

Kestrel

Kestrel

Kestrel

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Really was too late for these chaps as a Marsh with the Pallid Harrier depart
harriers

Paired Hoopoe - breeding season can't be far away
Hoopoe

Hoopoe

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull

Just them Northern/Siberian Gulls again so many any gull freaks heaven
GullGull

GullGull

GullGull

GullGull

GullGull

GullGull

GullGull

GullGull

GullGull

Gull

Curlew - eight now at Hamalah
Curlew

Curlew

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2016-12-04

Not a lot of change to report

Permalink 14:59:36, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

The two Barred Warblers making use of my garden to forage in the mornings, are still present


Barred Warbler

- the species has wintered before I wonder if they will this time around. The number of other species photographed remains much the same although I did manage some poorly lit shoots of two Song thrush at the Hypocolius roost at Jasra recently. Another problem has been the early morning fog in some places it has lingered so long have heard but not seen the birds present.

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Stonechat all getting easier to photograph
Stonechat

Skylark a plenty - about 1 in 20 are likely to be Oriental problem is getting one in the open to be certain
Skylark

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Hypocolius
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

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2016-04-23

Seems like summer already

Permalink 19:31:51, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

even though we keep having some unseasonable days weather wise it is quickly going quiet as temperature warm up

Lesser Grey Shrike a few around
Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike a slow passage
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler the first of our summer breeders
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

Whinchat still passing
Whinchat

Turtle Dove resident
Turtle Dove

Lutea - Yellow Wagtail still a huge variety
Lutea - Yellow Wagtail

Red-throated Pipit remains very common across a variety of habitats
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Spotted Flycatcher one of many
Spotted Flycatcher

A quick trip to Hawar on Saturday to check arrivals only brought out a resident Osprey
Osprey

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