2016-10-08

A really strange Weekend

Permalink 16:30:59, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Started Friday checking Busaiteen but this time around ended up with nothing special so moved on to a variety of other sites not a great deal there either, in all rather disappointing - I had expected these sites to be jumping. On Saturday I repeated the process a just in case I had missed something scenario - what a difference - birds particularly warblers, wheatears, and Isabelline shrikes streaming into the northerly facing beaches. It was difficult to know what to chase however with much of the small stuff it was a quick drop down then up and away to look for more favorable feeding grounds but not so for the Wheatears in particularly. They hung around on the shore happily picking off insects in the flotsam along the tide line.

But one nice thing about Busaiteen it does give one a chance to get to know the locals

Socotra Cormorant a young bird malting into adult plumage
Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Socotra Cormorant

Orphean Warbler from Busaiteen the only Warbler that hung around
Orphean Warbler

Pied Wheatear probably the most numerous Wheatear coming ashore at Busaiteen
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear at Busaiteen
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Shrike on the shore
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Desert Wheatear on the shore
Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

Desert Warbler

Desert Warbler

Spotted Fly Catcher
Spotted Fly Catcher

Spotted Fly Catcher

Spotted Fly Catcher

Clamourous Reed Warbler a now resident breeder this one from Adhari ditches
Clamourous Reed Warbler

Cattle Egrets
Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Southern Red Bishop from Adhari - an escape still going strong
Southern Red Bishop

Southern Red Bishop

Short Toed Lark
Short Toed Lark

Ringed Plover at the chick farm Hamalah with -
Ringed Plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

and Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Permalink

2016-10-02

Long Weekend dust variable winds - Good Birds

Permalink 03:06:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

After returning from the States and failing to get any free time to bird with a Shammal predicted I didn't expect the Muharrem holiday (Hijri, the Arabic New Year) to compensate by producing many birds but was pleasantly surprised by what I encountered. Failed to nail the warblers mind that I often saw other than Desert; once disturbed they drifted out of reach as the the wind carried them off into the murky distance. The best surprise came on Sunday, the dust levels had increased dramatically even though the wind had died down considerably with the first decent bird I encountered on a creep around the shore of Busaiteen - an Arctic Skua - a Lifer for me. An event always bound to make one's day - a rather ragged individual however a 1st yr into 2nd winter individual which wouldn't stay still. I finally after an hour or so got close enough for three rather static shots as it investigated the contents of a plastic bag but that was it, the sound of the camera was enough; up and away back out to sea, it's distinct profile quickly disappearing into the distance.

Arctic Skua
Arctic Skua

Desert Warbler
Desert Warbler

Rock Thrush - a good and sizeable passage
Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Isabelline Wheatear - so many they are hard to count
Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Collared Pratincole
Pratincole

Pratincole

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Permalink

2016-09-13

September migration pace quickens but hot weather conts.

Permalink 22:06:16, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Have been rather busy at work preparing for an exhibit on the Sustainable development Goals for viewing at the UN in NY
So this is a multiple date posting basically from the beginning of the month til present.

Bee-eater - a variable passage so far
Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Cream-coloured Courser a single bird seen stayed for two weeks at Hamalah
Cream-coloured Courser

Curlew this bird moved into Hamalah fields last week - it will most probably winter there
Curlew

Diamond Dove one of a small flock encountered at Hamalah - indicating possible local breeding
Diamond Dove

Egyptian Nightjar - still present during the day at its little hideaway
Egyptian Nightjar

Short-toed Lark sizeable flocks passing with a few lesser mixed it
Short-toed Lark

Short-toed Lark

Great Grey Shrike tremendous variety shown in birds seen which can be either residential or passage migrants
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Woodchat Shrike a long passage now slowed but dozens of individual birds seen over this period
Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike a brief passage last week - not seen after thus far
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Grey Francolin everywhere town, gardens, desert, - you name they have colonised it
Grey Francolin

Indian House Crow regarded as a pest culls seem to been ineffective
Indian House Crow

Indian House Crow

Indian Silver bills
Indian Silver bill

Indian Silver bill

Isabelline Wheatear excellent numbers more moving into their winter quarters all the time
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Of uncertain vintage?
Isabelline Wheatear

Mourning Wheatear
Mourning Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear

Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

once landed
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Little Stint the odd bird or two will visit agricultural land through the winter
Little Stint

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

Namaqua Dove

Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Collared Pratincole stayed a couple of weeks before moving on - not seen this week
Pratincole

Pratincole

Red Avadavat rare local breeder
Red Avadavat

Roller one of two that are still hanging around Hamalah several weeks after arriving
Roller

Rufous Bushchat some of many now very visible prior to departing after summer breeding here
Rufous Bushchat

Rufous Bushchat

With many Swallows Sand and House Martin dipping this puddle to drink - managed to get some lucky shots -

Spotted Flycatcher - so many this year
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Spanish Sparrow

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Tawny Pipit

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

White-cheeked Bulbul
White-cheeked Bulbul

Common White-throat
White-throat

White-throat

Yellow Wagtail a bigger selection seen than photographed
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Cattle Egret

Permalink

2016-08-28

A great weekend - migration return wait over

Permalink 14:36:58, Categories: Observation by Howard  

It started as just another hot and humid late August morning but by the time I had returned home on Friday I knew that it had been a rather special day. It wasn't so much that I had seen a good number of returning species it was the fact that I had been able to get some reasonable photographs of species I had not expected so early on in the season. Then there was Saturday had an meeting on Hawar with potential developers, can say openly and honestly I gave them a hard time. I most certainly left them with food for thought. However what made the day worthwhile was our return encounter with a sizeable Socotra Cormorant fishing party there were 10 of thousands moving along the shore close to Durat as we got nearly home. Sadly the camera played up misting lens and lack of space on the dicc didn't help but I did manage a few decent shots.


Egyptian Nightjar - the last time I encountered one in the day time I didn't have my camera so this was a joy to take
Egyptian Nightjar

Bee-eater one of many seen
Bee-eater

Citrine Wagtail a real surprise
Citrine Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail a good number around
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Cream-coloured Courser a regular August species from post-breeding dispersal in Arabia major
Cream-coloured Courser

Cream-coloured Courser

Isabelline Wheatear always one of the first back to take up winter residence - many seen
Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Green Sandpiper and with a couple of Pratincole's in the frame
Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper one singled out
Green Sandpiper

Juvenile Pratincole
Juvenile Pratincole

Juvenile Pratincole

Roller finishing a meal
Roller

Ruff few seen of what I assume to be several family parties
Ruff

Ruff

Rufous Bushchat nice to see one of many summer breeding visitors
Rufous Bushchat

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

a tiny franction of the fishing foray more images to come
Socotra cormorants

Permalink

2016-08-21

Weather still extreme at 40c'+ with very high humidity

Permalink 15:12:42, Categories: Observation by Howard  

August is a month when staying at home is the best option but after an enforced layoff of a couple of weeks one has to get out - the shoreline is full of waders as more pile in to fatten up before moving on. Along with our summer breeding species any trip out can be special even spectacular.

This weekend I spent Friday on the Muharraq shore and on Saturday took a boat trip around the entire Island with friends starting and finishing at Durat - a journey that took 5 hours and covered nearly 200kms Hotter than hell but amazing to do!

Pictures this week in no particular order and not all species pointed outwher numerous are seen

Bridled Tern one of many seen on our boat trip
Bridled Tern

Broad-billed Sandpiper - large influx
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Preening Curlew Sandpiper along with snoozing a Broad-billed Sandpiper
curlew SP and broad- billed SP

Curlew Sandpiper most numerous wader this week on the shore
Curlew Sandpiper

A solitary Dunlin lost in a flock of Curlew Sandpipers
Dunlin Curlew SP

Bar-tailed Godwit sizeable flocks seen
Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greenshank
Greenshank

Gulled-billed Tern
Gulled-billed Tern

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint

Little Stint

Little Tern
Little Tern

Mixed bag of species most prominent the Gull-billed Tern
Mixed bag of species

Mixed bag of species most prominent the Grey Plover
Mixed bag of species

Mixed bag of species

Oystercatcher in flock of Godwits
Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

Redshank large flocks
Redshank

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Socotra Cormorants
Socotra Cormorants

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper with Curlew Sandplover
Terek with Curlew Sandplover

Turnstone
Turnstone

Waders spoilt for choice at many small sites on the high tide

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

Permalink

<< Previous Page :: Next Page >>

You can now find me on twitter

Welcome To Hawar-Islands.Com

Home of the
Bahrain Bird Report
On line since 1994

Follow the links above and below to visit your area of interest.
There are many images on this website - most are bigger than normal but are however subject to the same copyright as on any other site. For educational use please contact us first via twitter For commercial use high resolution uncropped versions of these images and others not included here are available please see contacts on the various pages.

Site Navigation

Posts on this page

Bahrain Observations
Wildlife
Hypocolius Update
World Birds
Problems with ID


Misc

December 2017
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
<< <     
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
older HTML Pages
Bahrain Bird Report
Ringing Projects
Seasonal Tables
Articles and News (Old)
Check Lists
Banding Project Details
Hawar Indicator Species
Falconry in Bahrain Photos
Photo Albums (Old)
Hawar Islands
Visiting Bahrain
Socotra Cormorants Articles
Dugong around Hawar
The Map Room
Large Gulls of M.E.(Old)
Eco Links
Kuwait Birding
O&B with AJ
Birding with Brendan



top fifty
free counters

view this weblog as RSS !
Valid XHTML 1.0!
Valid RSS!
>