2017-01-29

windy weather continues as expectations grow for migrant arrival

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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.


Pied Kingfisher at Tubli mangrove at the sewage outfall - has been around sometime but this was the first time I managed to connect
Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

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.
Socotra Cormorant

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
Northern Cormorant

Curlew this time some from the shore
Curlew

Greater Sand Plover these all showing a lot of colour so early in the breeding cycle - Climate Change??
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Gull-billed Terns - one of my favourite species
Gull-billed Terns

Record shots of one of two Kingfishers seen at Tubli outfall
Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Redshank
Redshank

Redshank

Bartailed Godwit
Bartailed Godwit

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Chiffchaff an Asian race which one hard to tell with certainty
Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Black Redstart (rufiventris)
Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

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2017-01-22

Still warm but weather today awful

Permalink 05:53:44, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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.

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Coot a winter visitor that can be hard to find
Coot

Coot

Curlew these look so different to those found on the shore and are some of the 14 now on the fields at Hamalah
Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Egrets at the mangrove Cattle and Little Egret share a roost with...
Egrets

Egrets

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Flamingo
Flamingo

Flamingo

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

Namaqua Dove

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat

Females Stonechat are always difficult to separate into species
Stonechat

Stonechat

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

Skylark
Skylark

Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

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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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2016-11-12

A great weekend for photography and a rarity

Permalink 16:49:45, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Since I had some business to attend to, down south on Thursday I was able to bird my journey back into town. This proved to be a more civilized way to beat the late afternoon traffic jams particularly those caused by the huge road improvements current along a large section of the eastern arterial route south, my way home. It was a good way to start the weekend.

Huge numbers of Gulls of all species can currently be found along the entire eastern shore from Jaw to Askar along with the usual cast of waders. There were no surprises here - being just offshore from our dump this is standard fare for this time of the year. Was surprised however to find a few Great Black-headed gulls mixed in but they were too distant to even point the camera at, an opportunity will present itself another day for those birds I am sure. The man-made marsh in front of the desalination plant at Ras Abu Jarjur is a great space for many water dependent species and so it proved for me on that visit. Not so much for species seen but for the photographic opportunities it offered but only if one is prepared to sit and wait. I had seen a couple of Kingfishers flitting around on arrival so I decided to just wait adjacent to a perch they left. 47 mins later one, a female returned to pose for me. After a short while however a Clamorous Reed Warbler decided he wanted the same space. The interaction between the two species was interesting neither would give way until in frustration the Kingfisher gave up and flew to a less productive fishing perch around the corner.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Kingfisher interacts with a Clamorous Reed Warbler
Kingfisher and Clamorous Reed Warbler

Kingfisher gives up and moves on
Kingfisher

Clamorous Reed Warbler the victor
Clamorous Reed Warbler

Black-headed Gulls by the beach full south of Askar
Black-headed Gulls

Eastern European - Siberian Gulls filled any vacant spaces not filled by the Black-headed gulls
Siberian Gulls

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

one of our wintering Marsh Harriers spent a unfruitful half hour or so hunting the marsh
Marsh Harrier

Moorhen always around always watching
Moorhen

Pair of Palm or more properly Laughing Doves
Palm or Laughing Doves

Grey Heron so many they are hard to ignore
Grey Heron

always around any brackish margins Temmincks Stint
Temmincks Stint

Caspian Tern currently breeding but get to close to a nest they can be rather aggressive otherwise will fly above to check you out
Caspian Tern

Which bring me onto Friday - Had intended an early start but got way-layed after finding two young local photographers at Adhari. I spent far too long chatting to get the early birds and ended up only with another stone chat, no regrets however loved their enthusiasm will take them out next weekend with me. I decided to pop in to the outfall at Ras Tubli and that proved so much better than anticipated even though the tide was out. It is one of those sites that a 3/4 tide is best.

Stonechat
Stonechat

At Tubli several Garganey were easily found but surprisingly that day no Teal with them or Mallard for that matter
Garganey

One of many Shoveller they will venture way out into the open bay
Shoveller

Squacco Heron foun d along the back ditch, a fresh water drain outfall is always an interesting to look
Squacco Heron

Was watching this Western Reef Herons heron when he disturbed the bird of the weekend
Western Reef Herons

The over zealous charging about antics of the Western Reef thankfully were too much for the tiny in comparison Striated Heron to bare
Striated Heron disturbed by WRH

I hadn't noticed the Striated Heron crouched very low and hardly moving in its favoured fishing mode - this is probably only the 6th record for Bahrain. Although now having watched one for several hours, I know only too well now how easy it is to overlook or miss the species entirely.
Striated Heron disturbed by WRH

Striated Heron disturbed by WRH

Striated Heron disturbed by WRH

Striated Heron disturbed by WRH

Striated Heron disturbed by WRH

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