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2018-02-28

February brings an environmental disaster to Adhari Wetlands Breeding Birds

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An injury to my back kept me housebound for much of the month but it did not stop me recording the wanton Destruction of the prime breeding habit for 30 species of bird at Adhari. The importance of Adhari cannot be over emphasized. 30 breeding species is representative of nearly half the total species breeding in Bahrain, furthermore ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE 159 of the 330 species occurring in Bahrain have been recorded at the site. It is with out doubt the most important single site ornithologicaly speaking in the country in terms of the diversity of species recorded.

There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings, but they are communities like you...

Qur'an 6:38

Little Bittern in breeding plumage at Adhari before it was turned into a residential wildlife disaster zone - Sadly this Bittern is but one of the many breeding species previously resident at Adhari that will now have to look for a new home with the sites total destruction and the wholesale removal of all suitable breeding habit at a time coinciding precisely with the start of their breeding cycle - Thank you Municipality and your contractors for such wanton destruction - your ignorance of good management techniques of natural habitats and wildlife in Bahrain just beggars belief -
Little Bittern

Adhari ditch before clearance
Adhari ditch before clearance

Answer me this who ever is responsible "How Does this type of wholesale clearance of a prime wildlife wetland habitat at the start of the breeding cycle for the wildlife dependent on it, fit into Bahrain's declarations on SDG's" Justify your actions - your methodology - your reasoning not just to me but to the people of Bahrain.

Adhari ditch during clearance
Adhari after clearance

A ditch being cleared - a clear case of, from a mismanaged but green oasis into a sludgy hell for one pair of Night Herons, 2 pairs Moorhen, 2 pairs Squacco Heron, I pair little Bittern - All have lost nest sites just in this small section alone not to mention the White-cheeked Bulbuls, Clamorous Reed Warblers and Prinia and other marine species like terrapin displaced.
halfway to hell a from to picture

This is in my opinion, an Environmental Disaster of unprecedented proportions - Who ever sanctioned this work should be held ACCOUNTABLE along with all other agencies involved in wildlife protection and natural resources here in Bahrain - this whole episode is a National disgrace, you should be ashamed that such mismanagement is tolerated, worse still is officially sanctioned. To me this is environmental destruction by the back door, by the very people we are told daily in the local press, that CARE. After the next edition of the Bahrain Animal Production Show (Mara'ee) that will be held from March 27 to 31, what will we read in the local press? Nothing no doubt but praise, sung loudly, for these same mismanaging so-called environmental champions. Will any question marks be raised at the event or in the press reports after as to those champions success rate in the mismanagement of such a vital national resource. Will any red flags be waved to ensure that what passes for habitat protection or maintenance at Adhari doesn't happen again elsewhere. I think not. I expect that much of that which will be reported after the Mara'ee event on environmental issues and its protection would be more worthy of featuring, in fact headlining at events such as Bahrain's Comic Con 2018. The reality is far more shocking however than I have stated unfortunately, this wanton destruction of a prime and unique wetlands site is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mismanagement of natural resources here in Bahrain. As far as I am concerned - A line has now been crossed so if my ranting have offended someone in authority GOOD - maybe we can now get some real action on these important issues - there are simply no more magic carpets left to brush the grains of truth under.

Now breeding record at Adhari Asian digger
diggers

But back to the Birds elsewhere - NONE of which where photographed at any of Bahrain so called declared wildlife reserves all where recorded that is found in unprotected Habitat including Adhari before its destruction
Think about that for a second

Askar White-tailed Plover
White-tailed Plover

Bluethroat at Adhari before destruction
Bluethroat

Spotted Crake at Adhari before destruction
Spotted Crake

Common Sandpiper at Adhari before destruction
Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Squacco Heron at Adhari before destruction
Squacco Heron

Shoveller at Adhari before destruction
Shoveller

Snipe at at Adhari before destruction
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Pied Wheatear at Adhari before destruction
Pied Wheatear

Bahrain Bay
Desert Wheatear Manama Sea front
Desert Wheatear

Hamalah Farm
Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Skylark
Skylark

Isabelline Durian Shrike
Durian Shrike

on the Jebel
Blue Rock Thrush one of two seen
Blue Rock Thrush

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

at Hafeera
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

at Samaheej
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Greenshank
Greenshank

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2018-01-31

January the bonus of a few rarities Part 2

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On returning from the UK my first port of call had to be the Hypocolius morning roost adjancent to Jasra Water Pumping Sation - it was pleasing to see so many - probably well over five hundred birds pass through the site between 06:30 and 08:00 THE PEAK BEING AROUND 07:00 - this will creep earlier as the time passes keeping pace with sunrise.

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Male
Hypocolius

Hypocolius

Female
Hypocolius

Close to Hamalah farm in adjacent scrub thanks to birding friends I was finally able to get up close and personal with a Great Spotted Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Not a lot seen at Adhari just too much disturbance at weekends but a visit did provide closeups of a Spotted Crake and Clamorous Reed Warbler
Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler

and Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Bluethroat

At Hamlah Farm the problem was finding birds the site was relatively quiet and birds were often easily spooked
Richards Pipit is a species they I have been chasing for years I have seen dozens but could never get close enough for a decent phtograph well now I have and what a hind claw they have.
Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Richards Pipit

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Bluethroat female I believe
Bluethroat

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Shrike" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" />

This rather weird looking Dove was keeping company with the Collared
dove

Collared Dove
Collared Dove

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Curlew
Curlew

Kestrel
Kestrel

Lapwing
Lapwing

Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

Pallid Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia

Graceful Prinia

Graceful Prinia

Graceful Prinia

Skylark
Skylark

Skylark

Skylark

Skylark title="Skylark" />

Skylark

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow

Stonechats a mix of European and Siberian types
Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

Stonechat

At the Jeble Dakhan
Desert Lark
Desert Lark

the long staying White-crowned Black Wheatear
White-crowned Black Wheatear

White-crowned Black Wheatear

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

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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

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 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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