2017-02-04

COLD SNAP kicks in worst for 50yrs

Permalink 19:57:20, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Great Grey Shrike found in the same area as the Hypocolius in Jasra
Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike

Black Redstart - as previously recorded but continues to show well
Black Redstart

Stonechat - found these two keeping company at Adhari
Stonechat

Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat - always difficult to separate given the winter plumage of many
Siberian Stonechat

Spanish Sparrows just a few from the flock at Hamalah
Spanish Sparrow

Spanish Sparrow

Bluethroat remain illusive
Bluethroat

Grey Francolin always around and easy to snap
Grey Francolin

Grey Heron are normally difficult to approach - being huddled down out of the wind made the difference
Grey Heron

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Cormorant
Cormorant

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Prinia or Graceful Warbler
Prinia

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear

Kestrel
Kestrel

Shoveller
Shoveller

Shoveller

White Wagtail
White Wagtail

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
Mongoose

Mongoose

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Black-crowned Night Heron
Night Heron

Night Heron

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

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2017-01-29

windy weather continues as expectations grow for migrant arrival

Permalink 17:16:06, Categories: Observation by Howard  

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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