2017-07-19

waders the early returns

Permalink 01:21:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

It might surprise some people when they realize that our migrant waders are here more than where ever it is they breed - many don't depart until late April early May yet some species are back by as early as June while July sees the flood gates open. August will see even more arrive.

Common Sand Piper
Common Sand Piper

Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits

Curlew
Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew and Redshanks
Curlew and Redshanks

Redshank
Redshank

Redshank

Redshank

Redshank

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper with Little Stint
Curlew Sandpiper with Little Stint

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Green Shank and Sand Plover
GreenShank and Plover

GreenShank

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper and Redshank
Terek SP and Redshank

Tubli at Dusk
Tubli at Dusk

Turnstone
Turnstone

Turnstone

Whimbel
Whimbrel

Mixed Waders
Mixed Waders

Mixed Waders

Mixed Waders

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2017-07-16

To continue guess what its hotter than last week

Permalink 22:28:51, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Striated Heron well this species was a complete surprise for the middle of July - we have so few records its barely out of vagrant status yet here we have in Tubli a bird? and it could well be more turning up. Is this indicative of breeding, an extension of range further north or both - only time and further clear observation will settle that point.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron

Black-winged Stilts
Blav

Blav

Little Grebe at speed running on water
Little Grebe at speed running on water
Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Tern
Little Tern

Black Crowned Night Heron
Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

Northern Cormorants - is this indicative of breeding
Northern Cormorants

Northern Cormorants

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Sparrow
Sparrow

Mynah
Mynah

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

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2017-07-09

Seasonally its hot and humid but this hasn't stopped migrants returning

Permalink 21:58:23, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The summer is far too long here for us humans the weather, well starting the end of May high temperatures kick in, then as July moves through August it just gets hotter and hotter and the humidity rises and often stays around 100% for days on end. Early September if we are lucky it will break and the place gets habitable again but its a long wait until then.

However for many species the summer is the time for breeding, a time when it requires a miracle for it to rain, thus for many Southern Terns species all ground breeders they choose to enter the Gulf during this period so as to escape the Indian Monsoon and breed alongside our hardy resident species.

Bridled Tern
Bridled Tern

Bridled Tern

more to come I hope

Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Lesser Crested Tern

Saunders's Tern
Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

Saunders's Tern

White Cheeked Tern
White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White Cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

White-cheeked Tern Chick

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2017-05-27

Hot but May was one hell of month for Birding - Ramadan Kareem to all

Permalink 17:11:39, Categories: Observation by Howard  

May is coming to an end as Ramadan starts and although temperatures have soared the birds this month photographically speaking have not disappointed. A pile of unusual records which went along with some great opportunities to get close up and personal. Mind you "close up" is a relative term - for the four Crab Plovers off Busaiteen less than a 100 mtrs was close whereas for the Wrynecks its was a question of backing away. The Red backed Shrike always difficult to get to grip with were overwhelming in numbers so we were often spoilt for choice. The only disappointment were the lack of warbler pics, they were glimpsed but seldom gave up a chance to be photographed.

Crab Plover a long wait for the tide and the birds was required here
Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Crab Plover

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Whinchat
Whinchat

Wryneck
Wryneck

Wryneck

Wryneck

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2017-05-14

Summer has arrived with a vengence

Permalink 06:33:46, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I start with a picture unrelated to birds but it is of one of my favourite Bahrain residents the Spiny Tailed Lizard (Dabb Lizard) - they are vegetarian and harmless - this chaps expression sums up for me the change in the weather - it ain't half Hot Mum


Dubb Lizard

Now the Birds -
Lesser Grey Shrike never many but they are stunners
Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike numbers increase
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Isabelline Shrike still quite a few about
Isabelline Shrike

Purple Swamphen two put in an appearance at Alba/Askar Marsh
Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Little Grebe a good breeding year thus far
Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Kentish Plover Chick - they are everywhere
Kentish Plover Chick

Kentish Plover Chick

Kentish Plover Chick

Black-Winged Stilt Chick
Black-Winged Stilt Chick

Moorhen Chick
Moorhen Chick

Clamorous Warbler have successfully colonised our restricted wetlands
Clamorous Warbler

Bee-eater a really disappointing year for obs
Bee-eater

Little Tern
Little Tern

Black-crowned Night Heron
Night Heron

Night Heron

Night Heron

Palm Doves
Palm Doves

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Rock Thrush
Rock Thrush

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Socotra Cormorant
Socotra Cormorant

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull

Warbler NOT POSITIVELY identified too big too colourful for Willow but only other possibility is a Wood Warbler
Warbler

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