Category: Admin - Howard King

2016-12-21

Windy and some rain helped the desert but disperses the birds

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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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2016-04-23

Seems like summer already

Permalink 19:31:51, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

even though we keep having some unseasonable days weather wise it is quickly going quiet as temperature warm up

Lesser Grey Shrike a few around
Lesser Grey Shrike

Red-backed Shrike a slow passage
Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler the first of our summer breeders
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

Whinchat still passing
Whinchat

Turtle Dove resident
Turtle Dove

Lutea - Yellow Wagtail still a huge variety
Lutea - Yellow Wagtail

Red-throated Pipit remains very common across a variety of habitats
Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Spotted Flycatcher one of many
Spotted Flycatcher

A quick trip to Hawar on Saturday to check arrivals only brought out a resident Osprey
Osprey

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2015-04-26

Yet another dust storm ruins the weekend

Permalink 15:59:44, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

For the second week in a row wind and dust has played havoc with planned trips out - Saturday was a complete wash or rather dust out even a drive around the shore of Maharraq proved a waste of time as far as photography was concerned. A frustating weekend lots seen not much new photographed - worst miss was a Nightingale at ten feet carried away in the wind before I could even point the camera


Great Grey Shrike - taking up territory
Great Grey Shrike

Turtle Dove - a breeding resident
Turtle Dove

European Bee-eater - a steady stream all week but even they had problems sitting still
Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit

Ortolan Buntings
Ortolan Buntings

Glossy Ibis the number seen at Buhair has now increased to 7
Glossy Ibis

Hoopoe - a good breeding year at least four pairs around Hamalah
Hoopoe

Rufous Bushchat
Rufous Bushchat

Rufous Bushchat

Black Redstart - this one now two weeks around the same tree
Black Redstart

Northern Wheatear has been an exceptional year for the species
Northern Wheatear

Pied Wheatear still large numbers around
Pied Wheatear

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Collared Pratincole only a single bird found this week
Pratincole

Spotted Flycatcher good numbers in the plantations
Spotted Flycatcher

Ruff
Ruff

Snipe and Green Sandpiper fairly common around wet areas
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2015-02-14

Bad weather and only a few migrants birds

Permalink 15:23:43, Categories: Observation by Howard, Admin - Howard King  

The last few weeks we have expienced extended periods of high winds and bad visibilty due to dust. Add to this a shortage of new migrant species passing, birding in generally has been low key. A few Pied Wheatear where noted this weekend along with a lot more Chiffchaffs indicating that this situation should change soon. I spent a considerable ammount of time looking for a ringed Flamingo on Tubli Bay after Abdulla Kabi our local ringer spotted one at the sewage outfall at Tubli. Needless to say by the time I got there it had diasappeared amongst the thousand currently resident.

Desert Warbler one of my favourite species wintering species this one was found at Buhair
Desert Warbler

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Isabelline Shrike just one of many
Isabelline Shrike

Skylark
Skylark

Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Snipe
Snipe

Great Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Clamourous Reed Warbler
Clamourous Reed Warbler

Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Redshank
Redshank

Curlew
Curlew

Grey Plover
Grey Plover

Ring Plover
Ring Plover

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Oyster Catchers
Oyster Catchers

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