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  12. <title>Good movement seen on the shore </title>
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  14. <pubDate>Sat, 31 Mar 2018 11:06:55 +0000</pubDate>
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  16. <description>March is that time of the year when the number of waders on the shore numerically starts to peak while in the gardens and desert areas its time to spend quality time looking out for the chance of a real rarity - luckily this month certainly lived up to expectations on both counts.
  17.  
  18. But to start with a reality check -
  19.  
  20. Early in the month young Ali better know on twitter as shaggy @sahggy1991 contacted me to inform me that a real rarity - a Black-winged Kite had turned up for sale in a village pet shop - together we contrived the means to acquire the bird and when done to pass it on to our friends at Tails Veterinary surgery to be chipped and checked out for subsequent re-release back to the wild. A wild single Black-winged kite had been observed across northern Bahrain from mid January through February our second or third record was this the same bird well that was hard to tell from the data presented but it certainly was a youngster and in beautiful condition. It appeared fortunately not to have been in captivity very long. For me this was a first - What a beauty - was love at first sight - I was amazed at just how small and elegant the species is and although friendly it made it known, it wanted out. Thus  after its medical and a few days in isolation, well fed to ensure a successful transition back to the wild the bird was successfully released one evening in an extensive area of gardens along the west coast. Should it ever be recaptured being chipped will enable us to prove without doubt that it is indeed a wild bird and undertake a successful prosecution in the courts here.
  21.  
  22. Black-winged Kite
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  26.  
  27. The Kite apart - the month also turned up another real rarity a male Finsch's Wheatear in Buri
  28.  
  29. Finsch's Wheatear
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  50. Fortunately during the period I also saw several Black-eared Wheatear always useful for making comparisons between the two species for identification but also was interesting in feeding behavior observed
  51.  
  52. Black-eared Wheatear
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  58.  
  59. As epected on a large scale Pied Wheatear always dominate the early return of wheatear by numbers alone they seem to turn up everywhere - all ages both male and female
  60.  
  61. Pied Wheatear
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  91.  
  92. Northern Wheatear never fail to impress at this time either as the first birds through are generally bigger and more colorful than later ones
  93.  
  94. Northern Wheatear
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  103.  
  104.  
  105. Desert Wheatear just one of many still around
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  107.  
  108. Isabelline Wheatear still numerous
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  114.  
  115. Another scarcity was the Mistle Thrush seen at Buri in the same general location as the Finsch's Wheatear but it was never as obliging
  116. Mistle Thrush
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  118.  
  119. A big surprise however was the White-tailed Plover that turned up at Hamalah over grass
  120. White-tailed Plover
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  129. Woodchat Shrike good numbers this year
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  138. Cinereous Bunting two birds seen keeping company with the more frequently seen Ortolan Bunting
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  143. Meadow Pipit
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  146. Collared Dove one of the many
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  149. Barn Owl a pair at their nest site at the Bahrain Fort
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  156. Bluethroat
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  167. Bee-eater large passage mostly late evening with few seen down on the deck for good photography
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  170. Chiffchaff
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  208. Redstart
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  219. Leucistic Sparrow
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  222. Marsh Harrier
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  227. Desert Warbler a common wintering species
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  229.  
  230. Glossy Ibis - 4 of the 12 wintering around Askar Marsh area
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  232.  
  233. Now a resident breeder in my garden in Manama - one of my pair of Graceful Prinia
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  236. Grey Francolin now also regular in my garden
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  239. Great Grey Shrike
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  248. Hoopoe a now well established breeding species
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  255. Isabelline Shrike
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  262. Yellow Wagtail Fledegg
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  269. White Wagtail one of the thousands wintering
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  272. Crested Lark - remarkably resilient a locally breeding species of town and country
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  275. Water Pipit just one of the many
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  277.  
  278. Tawny Pipit always a regular across agricultural areas and all desert fringes
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  281. Isabelline Shrike  - Durian
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  283.  
  284. Striated Heron at the northern Tubli outfall must now be regarded as a scarce but resident breeder
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  289. Wood Sandpiper - wintering numbers this year have been better than in previous winters
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  294. Green Sandpiper good numbers wintering too
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  297. Common Sandpiper a regular often in considerable numbers
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  300. Marsh Sandpiper one of several wintering at Askar
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  303. Little Ringed Plover just the one at Askar
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  308. Pin-tailed Snipe at last one out in the open
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  313. Snipe
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  318. Cattle Egret coming into breeding plumage
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  321. Black Headed Gulls at Hafeera quarry site around the watering hole just one frame of a few of the tens of thousands at the location daily
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  324. Red-wattled Plover at Hafeera pool a potential breeding site
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  327. Kentish Plover chick
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  338. Kentish Plover - Dad provides shade and sanctuary
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  340. Dad
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  342. Mum
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  345. Rock Thrush
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  354. Rufous Bushchat
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  359. Just a hungry House Sparrow
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  362. Ruff
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  378. Purple Gallinule A breeding resident at Askar
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  381. Redshank at Askar
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  384. Greenshank at Askar
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  387. Grey heron at Askar
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  390. Namaqua Dove at Hafeera having moved south to breed
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  393. around Muharraq shore
  394. Ringed Plover
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  397. Bart-tailed Godwit
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  400. Broad-billed Sandpiper
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  403. Mixed small waders
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  406. Curlew Sandpiper
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  556. </description>
  557. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>March is that time of the year when the number of waders on the shore numerically starts to peak while in the gardens and desert areas its time to spend quality time looking out for the chance of a real rarity - luckily this month certainly lived up to expectations on both counts.</p>
  558. <p>But to start with a reality check - </p>
  559. <p>Early in the month young Ali better know on twitter as shaggy @sahggy1991 contacted me to inform me that a real rarity - a Black-winged Kite had turned up for sale in a village pet shop - together we contrived the means to acquire the bird and when done to pass it on to our friends at Tails Veterinary surgery to be chipped and checked out for subsequent re-release back to the wild. A wild single Black-winged kite had been observed across northern Bahrain from mid January through February our second or third record was this the same bird well that was hard to tell from the data presented but it certainly was a youngster and in beautiful condition. It appeared fortunately not to have been in captivity very long. For me this was a first - What a beauty - was love at first sight - I was amazed at just how small and elegant the species is and although friendly it made it known, it wanted out. Thus  after its medical and a few days in isolation, well fed to ensure a successful transition back to the wild the bird was successfully released one evening in an extensive area of gardens along the west coast. Should it ever be recaptured being chipped will enable us to prove without doubt that it is indeed a wild bird and undertake a successful prosecution in the courts here.<br />
  560. <center><br />
  561. Black-winged Kite<br />
  562. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/blackwingedkite1.jpg" alt="Black-winged Kite" title="Black-winged Kite" /></p>
  563. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/blackwinngedkite.jpg" alt="Black-winged Kite" title="Black-winged Kite" /></p>
  564. <p>The Kite apart - the month also turned up another real rarity a male Finsch's Wheatear in Buri </p>
  565. <p>Finsch's Wheatear<br />
  566. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  567. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear1.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  568. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear2.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  569. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear3.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  570. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear3Pi.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  571. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear4.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  572. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear5.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  573. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear6.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  574. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear7.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  575. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/finschswheatear7a.jpg" alt="Finsch's Wheatear" title="Finsch's Wheatear" /></p>
  576. <p>Fortunately during the period I also saw several Black-eared Wheatear always useful for making comparisons between the two species for identification but also was interesting in feeding behavior observed</p>
  577. <p>Black-eared Wheatear<br />
  578. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/blackearedwheatear.jpg" alt="Black-eared Wheatear" title="Black-eared Wheatear" /></p>
  579. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/blackearedwheatear1.jpg" alt="Black-eared Wheatear" title="Black-eared Wheatear" /></p>
  580. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/blackearedwheatear3.jpg" alt="Black-eared Wheatear" title="Black-eared Wheatear" /></p>
  581. <p>As epected on a large scale Pied Wheatear always dominate the early return of wheatear by numbers alone they seem to turn up everywhere - all ages both male and female</p>
  582. <p>Pied Wheatear<br />
  583. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatear.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  584. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatear2.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  585. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatear3.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  586. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatear4.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  587. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatear5.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  588. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatear6.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  589. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatear7.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  590. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatearF.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  591. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatearF2.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  592. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatearF3.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  593. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatearF1.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  594. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatearW.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  595. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatearW1.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  596. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatearW2.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  597. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/piedwheatearW3.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  598. <p>Northern Wheatear never fail to impress at this time either as the first birds through are generally bigger and more colorful than later ones </p>
  599. <p>Northern Wheatear<br />
  600. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/northenwheatear.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  601. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/northenwheatear1.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  602. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/northenwheatear2.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  603. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/northenwheatear3.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  604. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/northenwheatear4.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  605. <p>Desert Wheatear just one of many still around<br />
  606. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/desrtwheatear.jpg" alt="Desert Wheatear" title="Desert Wheatear" /></p>
  607. <p>Isabelline Wheatear still numerous<br />
  608. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/isabellinewheatear.jpg" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /></p>
  609. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/isabellinewheatear1.jpg" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /></p>
  610. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/isabellinewheatear2.jpg" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /></p>
  611. <p>Another scarcity was the Mistle Thrush seen at Buri in the same general location as the Finsch's Wheatear but it was never as obliging<br />
  612. Mistle Thrush<br />
  613. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/mistlethrush.jpg" alt="Mistle Thrush" title="Mistle Thrush" /> </p>
  614. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/mistlethrush1.jpg" alt="Mistle Thrush" title="Mistle Thrush" /> </p>
  615. <p>A big surprise however was the White-tailed Plover that turned up at Hamalah over grass<br />
  616. White-tailed Plover<br />
  617. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/whitetailedplover1.jpg" alt="White-tailed Plover" title="White-tailed Plover" /></p>
  618. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/whitetailedplover.jpg" alt="White-tailed Plover" title="White-tailed Plover" /></p>
  619. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/whitetailedplover2.jpg" alt="White-tailed Plover" title="White-tailed Plover" /></p>
  620. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/whitetailedplover3.jpg" alt="White-tailed Plover" title="White-tailed Plover" /></p>
  621. <p>Woodchat Shrike good numbers this year<br />
  622. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/wodchatshrike.jpg" alt="Woodchat Shrike" title="Woodchat Shrike" /></p>
  623. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/wodchatshrike2.jpg" alt="Woodchat Shrike" title="Woodchat Shrike" /></p>
  624. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/wodchatshrike3.jpg" alt="Woodchat Shrike" title="Woodchat Shrike" /></p>
  625. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/wodchatshrike4.jpg" alt="Woodchat Shrike" title="Woodchat Shrike" /></p>
  626. <p>Cinereous Bunting two birds seen keeping company with the more frequently seen Ortolan Bunting<br />
  627. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/bunting1.jpg" alt="Cinereous bunting" title="Cinereous Bunting" /></p>
  628. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/bunting.jpg" alt="Cinereous Bunting" title="Cinereous Bunting" /></p>
  629. <p>Meadow Pipit<br />
  630. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/pipit.jpg" alt="Meadow Pipit" title="Meadow Pipit" /></p>
  631. <p>Collared Dove one of the many<br />
  632. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/collareddove.jpg" alt="Collared Dove" title="Collared Dove" /></p>
  633. <p>Barn Owl a pair at their nest site at the Bahrain Fort<br />
  634. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/barnow2.jpg" alt="Barn Owl" title="Barn Owl" /></p>
  635. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/barnowl.jpg" alt="Barn Owl" title="Barn Owl" /></p>
  636. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/barnowl1.jpg" alt="Barn Owl" title="Barn Owl" /></p>
  637. <p>Bluethroat<br />
  638. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/bluethroat.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  639. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/bluethroat1.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  640. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/bluethroat2.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  641. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/bluethroat2a.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  642. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/bluethroat2b.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  643. <p>Bee-eater large passage mostly late evening with few seen down on the deck for good photography<br />
  644. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/beeeater.jpg" alt="Bee-eater" title="Bee-eater" /></p>
  645. <p>Chiffchaff<br />
  646. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  647. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff11a.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  648. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff11b.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  649. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff12a.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  650. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff12b.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  651. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff13a.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  652. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff13b.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  653. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff14a.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  654. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff14b.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  655. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff15a.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  656. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff15b.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  657. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff16a.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  658. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff16b.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  659. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/chiffchaff.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  660. <p>Lesser Whitethroat<br />
  661. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/lesserwhitethroat.jpg" alt="Lesser Whitethroat" title="Lesser Whitethroat" /></p>
  662. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/lesserwhitethroat1.jpg" alt="Lesser Whitethroat" title="Lesser Whitethroat" /></p>
  663. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/lesserwhitethroat2.jpg" alt="Lesser Whitethroat" title="Lesser Whitethroat" /></p>
  664. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/lesserwhitethroat2a.jpg" alt="Lesser Whitethroat" title="Lesser Whitethroat" /></p>
  665. <p>Redstart<br />
  666. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/Redstart.jpg" alt="Redstart" title="Redstart" /></p>
  667. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/Redstart1.jpg" alt="Redstart" title="Redstart" /></p>
  668. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/RedstartB.jpg" alt="Redstart" title="Redstart" /></p>
  669. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/RedstartB1.jpg" alt="Redstart" title="Redstart" /></p>
  670. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/RedstartF.jpg" alt="Redstart" title="Redstart" /></p>
  671. <p>Leucistic Sparrow<br />
  672. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/leucisticsparrow.jpg" alt="Leucistic Sparrow" title="Leucistic Sparrow" /></p>
  673. <p>Marsh Harrier<br />
  674. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/marshharrier.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /></p>
  675. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/marshharrier1.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /></p>
  676. <p>Desert Warbler a common wintering species<br />
  677. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/desertwarbler.jpg" alt="Desert Warbler" title="Desert Warbler" /></p>
  678. <p>Glossy Ibis - 4 of the 12 wintering around Askar Marsh area<br />
  679. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/glossyibis.jpg" alt="Glossy Ibis" title="Glossy Ibis" /></p>
  680. <p>Now a resident breeder in my garden in Manama - one of my pair of Graceful Prinia<br />
  681. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/Gracefulprinia.jpg" alt="Graceful Prinia " title="Graceful Prinia " /></p>
  682. <p>Grey Francolin now also regular in my garden<br />
  683. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greyfrancolin.jpg" alt="Grey Francolin" title="Grey Francolin" /></p>
  684. <p>Great Grey Shrike<br />
  685. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greatgreyshrike.jpg" alt="Great Grey Shrike" title="Great Grey Shrike" /></p>
  686. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greatgreyshrikeN.jpg" alt="Great Grey Shrike" title="Great Grey Shrike" /></p>
  687. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greatgreyshrikeNW.jpg" alt="Great Grey Shrike" title="Great Grey Shrike" /></p>
  688. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greatgreyshrikeS.jpg" alt="Great Grey Shrike" title="Great Grey Shrike" /></p>
  689. <p>Hoopoe a now well established breeding species<br />
  690. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/hoopoe1.jpg" alt="Hoopoe" title="Hoopoe" /></p>
  691. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/hoopoe2.jpg" alt="Hoopoe" title="Hoopoe" /></p>
  692. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/hoopoe3.jpg" alt="Hoopoe" title="Hoopoe" /></p>
  693. <p>Isabelline Shrike<br />
  694. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/Isabellineshrike.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  695. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/isabellineshrike1.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  696. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/isabellineshrike2.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  697. <p>Yellow Wagtail Fledegg<br />
  698. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/yellowwagfeldegg.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtail Fledegg" title="Yellow Wagtail Fledegg" /></p>
  699. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/yellowwagfeldegg1.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtail Fledegg" title="Yellow Wagtail Fledegg" /></p>
  700. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/yellowwagfeldegg2.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtail Fledegg" title="Yellow Wagtail Fledegg" /></p>
  701. <p>White Wagtail one of the thousands wintering<br />
  702. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/whitewagtail.jpg" alt="White Wagtail" title="White Wagtail" /></p>
  703. <p>Crested Lark - remarkably resilient a locally breeding species of town and country<br />
  704. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/crestedlark.jpg" alt="Crested Lark" title="Crested Lark" /></p>
  705. <p>Water Pipit just one of the many<br />
  706. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waterpipit.jpg" alt="Water Pipit" title="Water Pipit" /></p>
  707. <p>Tawny Pipit always a regular across agricultural areas and all desert fringes<br />
  708. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/tawnypipit.jpg" alt="Tawny Pipit" title="Tawny Pipit" /></p>
  709. <p>Isabelline Shrike  - Durian<br />
  710. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/daurianshrike1.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike " title="Isabelline Shrike " /></p>
  711. <p>Striated Heron at the northern Tubli outfall must now be regarded as a scarce but resident breeder<br />
  712. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/striatedheron.jpg" alt="Striated Heron " title="Striated Heron " /></p>
  713. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/striatedheron1.jpg" alt="Striated Heron " title="Striated Heron " /></p>
  714. <p>Wood Sandpiper - wintering numbers this year have been better than in previous winters<br />
  715. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/woodsandpiper.jpg" alt="Wood Sandpiper" title="Wood Sandpiper" /></p>
  716. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/woodsandpiper1.jpg" alt="Wood Sandpiper" title="Wood Sandpiper" /></p>
  717. <p>Green Sandpiper good numbers wintering too<br />
  718. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greensandpiper.jpg" alt="Green Sandpiper" title="Sandpiper" /></p>
  719. <p>Common Sandpiper a regular often in considerable numbers<br />
  720. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/commonsandpiper.jpg" alt="Common Sandpiper" title="Common Sandpiper" /></p>
  721. <p>Marsh Sandpiper one of several wintering at Askar<br />
  722. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/MarshSandpiper1.jpg" alt="Marsh Sandpiper" title="Marsh Sandpiper" /></p>
  723. <p>Little Ringed Plover just the one at Askar<br />
  724. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/littleringedplover.jpg" alt="Little Ringed Plover" title="Little Ringed Plover" /></p>
  725. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/littleringedplover1.jpg" alt="Little Ringed Plover" title="Little Ringed Plover" /></p>
  726. <p>Pin-tailed Snipe at last one out in the open<br />
  727. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/pintailsnipe.jpg" alt="Pin-tailed Snipe" title="Pin-tailed Snipe" /></p>
  728. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/pintailsnipe1.jpg" alt="Pin-tailed Snipe" title="Pin-tailed Snipe" /></p>
  729. <p>Snipe<br />
  730. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/snipe.jpg" alt="Snipe" title="Snipe" /></p>
  731. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/snipe1.jpg" alt="Snipe" title="Snipe" /></p>
  732. <p>Cattle Egret coming into breeding plumage<br />
  733. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/cattleegret.jpg" alt="Cattle Egret" title="Cattle Egret" /></p>
  734. <p>Black Headed Gulls at Hafeera quarry site around the watering hole just one frame of a few of the tens of thousands at the location daily<br />
  735. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/BlackheadedGull.jpg" alt="Black Headed Gulls" title="Black Headed Gulls" /></p>
  736. <p>Red-wattled Plover at Hafeera pool a potential breeding site<br />
  737. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/redwattledplover-1.jpg" alt="Red-wattled Plover" title="Red-wattled Plover" /></p>
  738. <p>Kentish Plover chick<br />
  739. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/kentishchick.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover chick" title="Kentish Plover chick" /></p>
  740. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/kentishchick1.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover chick" title="Kentish Plover chick" /></p>
  741. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/kentishchick2.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover chick" title="Kentish Plover chick" /></p>
  742. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/kentishchick3.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover chick" title="Kentish Plover chick" /></p>
  743. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/kentishchick4.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover chick" title="Kentish Plover chick" /></p>
  744. <p>Kentish Plover - Dad provides shade and sanctuary<br />
  745. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/kentishPlover.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover " title="Kentish Plover " /><br />
  746. Dad<br />
  747. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/kentishPlover1.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover " title="Kentish Plover " /><br />
  748. Mum<br />
  749. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/kentishPlover2.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover " title="Kentish Plover " /></p>
  750. <p>Rock Thrush<br />
  751. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/rockthrush.jpg" alt="Rock Thrush" title="Rock Thrush" /></p>
  752. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/rockthrush1.jpg" alt="Rock Thrush" title="Rock Thrush" /></p>
  753. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/rockthrush2.jpg" alt="Rock Thrush" title="Rock Thrush" /></p>
  754. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/rockthrush3.jpg" alt="Rock Thrush" title="Rock Thrush" /></p>
  755. <p>Rufous Bushchat<br />
  756. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/rufousbushchat.jpg" alt="Rufous Bushchat " title="Rufous Bushchat " /></p>
  757. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/rufousbushchat1.jpg" alt="Rufous Bushchat " title="Rufous Bushchat " /></p>
  758. <p>Just a hungry House Sparrow<br />
  759. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/sparrow.jpg" alt="Sparrow" title="\Sparrow" /></p>
  760. <p>Ruff<br />
  761. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/ruff.jpg" alt="Ruff" title="Ruff" /></p>
  762. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/ruff1.jpg" alt="Ruff" title="Ruff" /></p>
  763. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/ruff2.jpg" alt="Ruff" title="Ruff" /></p>
  764. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/ruff3.jpg" alt="Ruff" title="Ruff" /></p>
  765. <p>Curlew<br />
  766. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/curlew1.jpg" alt="Curlew" title="Curlew" /></p>
  767. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/curlew2.jpg" alt="Curlew" title="Curlew" /></p>
  768. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/curlewr.jpg" alt="Curlew" title="Curlew" /></p>
  769. <p>Purple Gallinule A breeding resident at Askar<br />
  770. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/purplegallinule.jpg" alt="Purple Gallinule" title="Purple Gallinule" /></p>
  771. <p>Redshank at Askar<br />
  772. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/redshank.jpg" alt="Redshank" title="Redshank" /></p>
  773. <p>Greenshank at Askar<br />
  774. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greenshank.jpg" alt="Greenshank" title="Greenshank" /></p>
  775. <p>Grey heron at Askar<br />
  776. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/Greyheron.jpg" alt="Grey Heron" title="Grey Heron" /></p>
  777. <p>Namaqua Dove at Hafeera having moved south to breed<br />
  778. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/namaquadove1.jpg" alt="Namaqua Dove" title="Namaqua Dove" /></p>
  779. <p>around Muharraq shore<br />
  780. Ringed Plover<br />
  781. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/ringedplover.jpg" alt="Ringed Plover" title="Ringed Plover" /></p>
  782. <p>Bart-tailed Godwit<br />
  783. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/bartailedgodwit3.jpg" alt="Bart-tailed Godwit" title="Bart-tailed Godwit" /></p>
  784. <p>Broad-billed Sandpiper<br />
  785. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/broadbilledsandpiper.jpg" alt="Broad-billed Sandpiper" title="Broad-billed Sandpiper" /></p>
  786. <p>Mixed small waders<br />
  787. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/answerLSP.jpg" alt="Mixed small waders" title="Mixed small waders" /></p>
  788. <p>Curlew Sandpiper<br />
  789. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/curlewsandpiper.jpg" alt="Curlew Sandpiper" title="Curlew Sandpiper" /></p>
  790. <p>Dunlin<br />
  791. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/dunlin.jpg" alt="Dunlin" title="Dunlin" /></p>
  792. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/dunlin1.jpg" alt="Dunlin" title="Dunlin" /></p>
  793. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/dunlin2.jpg" alt="Dunlin" title="Dunlin" /></p>
  794. <p>Flamingo<br />
  795. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/flamingo.jpg" alt="Flamingo" title="Flamingo" /></p>
  796. <p>Greater Sand Plover<br />
  797. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greatersandplover2.jpg" alt="Greater Sand Plover" title="Greater Sand Plover" /></p>
  798. <p>Lesser Sand Plover<br />
  799. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/lessersandplove1r.jpg" alt="Lesser Sand Plover" title="Lesser Sand Plover" /></p>
  800. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/lessersandplover.jpg" alt="Lesser Sand Plover" title="Lesser Sand Plover" /></p>
  801. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/lessersandplover1.jpg" alt="Lesser Sand Plover" title="Lesser Sand Plover" /></p>
  802. <p>Little Stint<br />
  803. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/littlestints.jpg" alt="Little Stint" title="Little Stint" /></p>
  804. <p>Little Tern<br />
  805. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/littletern.jpg" alt="Little Tern" title="Little Tern" /></p>
  806. <p>Sanderling in among the Sand Plover<br />
  807. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/sanderling.jpg" alt="Sanderling" title="Sanderling" /></p>
  808. <p>Terek Sandpiper<br />
  809. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/tereksandpiper.jpg" alt="Terek Sandpiper" title="Terek Sandpiper" /></p>
  810. <p>Turnstone<br />
  811. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/Turnstone.jpg" alt="Turnstone" title="Turnstone" /></p>
  812. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/Turnstone1.jpg" alt="Turnstone" title="Turnstone" /></p>
  813. <p>Waders<br />
  814. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders1.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  815. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders10.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  816. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders11.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  817. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders12.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  818. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders13.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  819. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders14.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  820. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders3.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  821. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders4.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  822. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders5.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  823. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders6.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  824. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders7.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  825. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders8.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  826. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/waders9.jpg" alt="Waders " title="\Waders " /></p>
  827. <p>Grey Plover<br />
  828. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greyplover.JPG" alt="Grey Plover" title="Grey Plover" /></p>
  829. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greyplover2.JPG" alt="Grey Plover" title="Grey Plover" /></p>
  830. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greyplover4.jpg" alt="Grey Plover" title="Grey Plover" /></p>
  831. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greyplover5.jpg" alt="Grey Plover" title="Grey Plover" /></p>
  832. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/March/greyplover6.jpg" alt="Grey Plover" title="Grey Plover" /></p>
  833. <p></center>
  834. </p>
  835. ]]></content:encoded>
  836. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php?p=1562&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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  838. <item>
  839. <title>February brings an environmental disaster to Adhari Wetlands  Breeding Birds</title>
  840. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2018/02/28/february</link>
  841. <pubDate>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:51:59 +0000</pubDate>
  842. <category domain="main">Admin - Howard King</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  843. <description>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.  
  844.  
  845.  
  846. There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings, but they are communities like you...
  847.  
  848. Qur'an 6:38
  849.  
  850. 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 -
  851.  
  852.  
  853.  
  854. Adhari ditch before clearance
  855.  
  856.  
  857. 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.
  858.  
  859. Adhari ditch during clearance
  860.  
  861.  
  862. 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.
  863.  
  864.  
  865. 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.
  866.  
  867. Now breeding record at Adhari Asian digger
  868.  
  869.  
  870. 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
  871. Think about that for a second  
  872.  
  873. Askar White-tailed Plover
  874.  
  875.  
  876. Bluethroat at Adhari before destruction
  877.  
  878.  
  879. Spotted Crake at Adhari before destruction
  880.  
  881.  
  882. Common Sandpiper at Adhari before destruction
  883.  
  884.  
  885.  
  886. Squacco Heron at Adhari before destruction
  887.  
  888.  
  889. Shoveller at Adhari before destruction
  890.  
  891.  
  892. Snipe at at Adhari before destruction
  893.  
  894.  
  895. Pied Wheatear at Adhari before destruction
  896.  
  897.  
  898. Bahrain Bay
  899. Desert Wheatear Manama Sea front
  900.  
  901.  
  902. Hamalah Farm
  903. Hoopoe
  904.  
  905.  
  906. Skylark
  907.  
  908.  
  909. Isabelline Durian Shrike
  910.  
  911.  
  912. on the Jebel
  913. Blue Rock Thrush one of two seen
  914.  
  915.  
  916. Namaqua Dove
  917.  
  918.  
  919. at Hafeera
  920. Chiffchaff
  921.  
  922.  
  923.  
  924.  
  925.  
  926.  
  927.  
  928.  
  929.  
  930.  
  931.  
  932.  
  933. at Samaheej
  934. Broad-billed Sandpiper
  935.  
  936.  
  937.  
  938.  
  939.  
  940.  
  941.  
  942.  
  943. Terek Sandpiper
  944.  
  945.  
  946. Slender-billed Gull
  947.  
  948.  
  949. Greenshank
  950.  
  951.  
  952.  
  953. </description>
  954. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>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.<br />
  955. <center></p>
  956. <p>There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings, but they are communities like you...</p>
  957. <p>Qur'an 6:38</p>
  958. <p>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 -<br />
  959. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/littlebittern.jpg" alt="Little Bittern" title="Little Bittern" /></p>
  960. <p>Adhari ditch before clearance<br />
  961. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/before.jpg" alt="Adhari ditch before clearance " title="Adhari ditch before clearance " /></p>
  962. <p>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.</p>
  963. <p>Adhari ditch during clearance<br />
  964. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/after.jpg" alt="Adhari after clearance " title="Adhari after clearance " /></p>
  965. <p>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.<br />
  966. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/halfwaytohell.jpg" alt="halfway to hell a from to picture" title="halfway to hell a from to picture" /></p>
  967. <p>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.</p>
  968. <p>Now breeding record at Adhari Asian digger<br />
  969. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/destrustors.jpg" alt="diggers" title="diggers" /></p>
  970. <p>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<br />
  971. Think about that for a second   </p>
  972. <p>Askar White-tailed Plover<br />
  973. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/whitetailedplover.jpg" alt="White-tailed Plover" title="White-tailed Plover" /></p>
  974. <p>Bluethroat at Adhari before destruction<br />
  975. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/Bluethroat2.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  976. <p>Spotted Crake at Adhari before destruction<br />
  977. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/spottedcrake.jpg" alt="Spotted Crake" title="Spotted Crake" /></p>
  978. <p>Common Sandpiper at Adhari before destruction<br />
  979. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/commonsandpiper1.jpg" alt="Common Sandpiper" title="Common Sandpiper" /></p>
  980. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/commonsandpiper.jpg" alt="Common Sandpiper" title="Common Sandpiper" /></p>
  981. <p>Squacco Heron at Adhari before destruction<br />
  982. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/Squaccoheron.jpg" alt="Squacco Heron" title="Squacco Heron" /></p>
  983. <p>Shoveller at Adhari before destruction<br />
  984. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/shoeveller.jpg" alt="Shoveller" title="Shoveller" /></p>
  985. <p>Snipe at at Adhari before destruction<br />
  986. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/snipe.jpg" alt="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/snipe.jpg" title="Snipe " /></p>
  987. <p>Pied Wheatear at Adhari before destruction<br />
  988. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/piedwheatear.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  989. <p>Bahrain Bay<br />
  990. Desert Wheatear Manama Sea front<br />
  991. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/desertwheatear.jpg" alt="Desert Wheatear" title="Desert Wheatear" /></p>
  992. <p>Hamalah Farm<br />
  993. Hoopoe<br />
  994. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/hoopoe.jpg" alt="Hoopoe" title="Hoopoe" /></p>
  995. <p>Skylark<br />
  996. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/skylark.jpg" alt="Skylark" title="Skylark" /></p>
  997. <p>Isabelline Durian Shrike<br />
  998. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/daurianshrike.jpg" alt="Durian Shrike" title="Durian Shrike" /></p>
  999. <p>on the Jebel<br />
  1000. Blue Rock Thrush one of two seen<br />
  1001. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/bluerockthrush.jpg" alt="Blue Rock Thrush" title="Blue Rock Thrush" /></p>
  1002. <p>Namaqua Dove<br />
  1003. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/namaquadove.jpg" alt="Namaqua Dove" title="Namaqua Dove" /></p>
  1004. <p>at Hafeera<br />
  1005. Chiffchaff<br />
  1006. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/chiffchaff.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  1007. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/chiffchaff3.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  1008. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/chiffchaff6.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  1009. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/chiffchaff7.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  1010. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/chiffchaff8.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  1011. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/chiffchaff9.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  1012. <p>at Samaheej<br />
  1013. Broad-billed Sandpiper<br />
  1014. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/broadbilledsandpiper.jpg" alt="Broad-billed Sandpiper" title="Broad-billed Sandpiper" /></p>
  1015. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/broadbilledsandpiper1.jpg" alt="Broad-billed Sandpiper" title="Broad-billed Sandpiper" /></p>
  1016. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/broadbilledsandpiper2.jpg" alt="Broad-billed Sandpiper" title="Broad-billed Sandpiper" /></p>
  1017. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/broadbilledsandpiper3.jpg" alt="Broad-billed Sandpiper" title="Broad-billed Sandpiper" /></p>
  1018. <p>Terek Sandpiper<br />
  1019. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/tereksandpiper.jpg" alt="Terek Sandpiper" title="Terek Sandpiper" /></p>
  1020. <p>Slender-billed Gull<br />
  1021. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/slenderbilledgull.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  1022. <p>Greenshank<br />
  1023. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/Febuary/greenshank.jpg" alt="Greenshank" title="Greenshank" /></p>
  1024. <p></center>
  1025. </p>
  1026. ]]></content:encoded>
  1027. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php?p=1561&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
  1028. </item>
  1029. <item>
  1030. <title>January the bonus of a few rarities Part 2</title>
  1031. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2018/01/31/january_the_bonus_of_a_few_rarities_part_2</link>
  1032. <pubDate>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:23:05 +0000</pubDate>
  1033. <category domain="alt">Observation by Howard</category>
  1034. <category domain="main">Admin - Howard King</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  1035. <description>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.
  1036.  
  1037.  
  1038. Hypocolius
  1039.  
  1040.  
  1041.  
  1042.  
  1043.  
  1044.  
  1045.  
  1046.  
  1047.  
  1048.  
  1049.  
  1050.  
  1051.  
  1052.  
  1053.  
  1054.  
  1055.  
  1056.  
  1057.  
  1058.  
  1059. Male
  1060.  
  1061.  
  1062.  
  1063.  
  1064. Female
  1065.  
  1066.  
  1067.  
  1068. 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
  1069.  
  1070.  
  1071.  
  1072.  
  1073.  
  1074.  
  1075.  
  1076.  
  1077.  
  1078.  
  1079.  
  1080.  
  1081.  
  1082.  
  1083.  
  1084.  
  1085.  
  1086.  
  1087.  
  1088. 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
  1089. Spotted Crake
  1090.  
  1091.  
  1092.  
  1093.  
  1094.  
  1095.  
  1096.  
  1097.  
  1098.  
  1099.  
  1100. Clamorous Reed Warbler
  1101.  
  1102.  
  1103. and Bluethroat
  1104.  
  1105.  
  1106.  
  1107.  
  1108. At Hamlah Farm the problem was finding birds the site was relatively quiet and birds were often easily spooked
  1109. 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.
  1110.  
  1111.  
  1112.  
  1113.  
  1114.  
  1115.  
  1116.  
  1117.  
  1118.  
  1119.  
  1120.  
  1121.  
  1122.  
  1123.  
  1124. Meadow Pipit
  1125.  
  1126.  
  1127.  
  1128.  
  1129.  
  1130.  
  1131. Bluethroat female I believe
  1132.  
  1133.  
  1134. Isabelline Shrike
  1135.  
  1136.  
  1137.  
  1138.  
  1139.  
  1140.  
  1141. Isabelline Wheatear
  1142. " alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" />
  1143.  
  1144. This rather weird looking Dove was keeping company with the Collared
  1145.  
  1146.  
  1147. Collared Dove
  1148.  
  1149.  
  1150. Corn Bunting
  1151.  
  1152.  
  1153.  
  1154.  
  1155.  
  1156.  
  1157. Crested Lark
  1158.  
  1159.  
  1160. Curlew
  1161.  
  1162.  
  1163. Kestrel
  1164.  
  1165.  
  1166. Lapwing
  1167.  
  1168.  
  1169. Namaqua Dove
  1170.  
  1171.  
  1172. Pallid Harrier
  1173.  
  1174.  
  1175. Red-throated Pipit
  1176.  
  1177.  
  1178.  
  1179.  
  1180. Graceful Prinia
  1181.  
  1182.  
  1183.  
  1184.  
  1185.  
  1186.  
  1187.  
  1188.  
  1189. Skylark
  1190.  
  1191.  
  1192.  
  1193.  
  1194.  
  1195.  
  1196.  
  1197.  
  1198.  
  1199.  
  1200. Tawny Pipit
  1201.  
  1202.  
  1203. Spanish Sparrow
  1204.  
  1205.  
  1206. Stonechats a mix of European and Siberian types
  1207.  
  1208.  
  1209.  
  1210.  
  1211.  
  1212.  
  1213.  
  1214.  
  1215.  
  1216.  
  1217.  
  1218.  
  1219.  
  1220. At the Jeble Dakhan
  1221. Desert Lark
  1222.  
  1223.  
  1224. the long staying White-crowned Black Wheatear
  1225.  
  1226.  
  1227.  
  1228.  
  1229. Desert Wheatear
  1230.  
  1231.  
  1232.  
  1233.  
  1234.  
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  1290. </description>
  1291. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>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.<br />
  1292. <center></p>
  1293. <p>Hypocolius </p>
  1294. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius2.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1295. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius3.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1296. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius4.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1297. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius5.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1298. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius6.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1299. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius6A.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1300. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius6ALL.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1301. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius6b.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1302. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocolius1.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1303. <p>Male<br />
  1304. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocoliusmale.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1305. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocoliusmale1.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1306. <p>Female<br />
  1307. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/hypocoliusFemale.jpg" alt="Hypocolius" title="Hypocolius" /></p>
  1308. <p>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<br />
  1309. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoof.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1310. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoo.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1311. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoo1.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1312. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoo2.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1313. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoo3.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1314. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoo4.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1315. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoo5.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1316. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoo6.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1317. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/grtspottedcookoo7.jpg" alt="Great Spotted Cuckoo" title="Great Spotted Cuckoo" /></p>
  1318. <p>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<br />
  1319. Spotted Crake<br />
  1320. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/spottedcrake.jpg" alt="Spotted Crake" title="Spotted Crake" /></p>
  1321. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/spottedcrake1.jpg" alt="Spotted Crake" title="Spotted Crake" /></p>
  1322. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/spottedcrake2.jpg" alt="Spotted Crake" title="Spotted Crake" /></p>
  1323. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/spottedcrake3.jpg" alt="Spotted Crake" title="Spotted Crake" /></p>
  1324. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/spottedcrake4.jpg" alt="Spotted Crake" title="Spotted Crake" /></p>
  1325. <p>Clamorous Reed Warbler<br />
  1326. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/clamorousreedwarbler.jpg" alt="Clamorous Reed Warbler" title="Clamorous Reed Warbler" /></p>
  1327. <p>and Bluethroat<br />
  1328. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/bluethroat.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  1329. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/bluethroat3.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  1330. <p>At Hamlah Farm the problem was finding birds the site was relatively quiet and birds were often easily spooked<br />
  1331. 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.<br />
  1332. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/richardspipit.jpg" alt="Richards Pipit" title="Richards Pipit" /></p>
  1333. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/richardspipit1.jpg" alt="Richards Pipit" title="Richards Pipit" /></p>
  1334. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/richardspipit2.jpg" alt="Richards Pipit" title="Richards Pipit" /></p>
  1335. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/richardspipit3.jpg" alt="Richards Pipit" title="Richards Pipit" /></p>
  1336. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/richardspipit4.jpg" alt="Richards Pipit" title="Richards Pipit" /></p>
  1337. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/richardspipit5.jpg" alt="Richards Pipit" title="Richards Pipit" /></p>
  1338. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/richardspipitClaw.jpg" alt="Richards Pipit" title="Richards Pipit" /></p>
  1339. <p>Meadow Pipit<br />
  1340. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/bullet.jpg" alt="Meadow Pipit" title="Meadow Pipit" /></p>
  1341. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/bullet1.jpg" alt="Meadow Pipit" title="Meadow Pipit" /></p>
  1342. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/meadowpipit.jpg" alt="Meadow Pipit" title="Meadow Pipit" /></p>
  1343. <p>Bluethroat female I believe<br />
  1344. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/unknown.jpg" alt="Bluethroat" title="Bluethroat" /></p>
  1345. <p>Isabelline Shrike<br />
  1346. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/isabellineshrike.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  1347. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/isabellineshrike1.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  1348. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/isabellineshrike2.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  1349. <p>Isabelline Wheatear<br />
  1350. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/isabellineshrike.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" />" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /></p>
  1351. <p>This rather weird looking Dove was keeping company with the Collared<br />
  1352. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/dove.jpg" alt="dove" title="dove" /></p>
  1353. <p>Collared Dove<br />
  1354. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/collareddove.jpg" alt="Collared Dove" title="Collared Dove" /></p>
  1355. <p>Corn Bunting<br />
  1356. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/cornbunting.jpg" alt="Corn Bunting" title="Corn Bunting" /></p>
  1357. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/cornbunting3.jpg" alt="Corn Bunting" title="Corn Bunting" /></p>
  1358. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/cornbunting4.jpg" alt="Corn Bunting" title="Corn Bunting" /></p>
  1359. <p>Crested Lark<br />
  1360. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/crestedlsatk.jpg" alt="Crested Lark" title="Crested Lark" /></p>
  1361. <p>Curlew<br />
  1362. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/curlew.jpg" alt="Curlew" title="Curlew" /></p>
  1363. <p>Kestrel<br />
  1364. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/kestrel.jpg" alt="Kestrel" title="Kestrel" /></p>
  1365. <p>Lapwing<br />
  1366. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/lapwing.jpg" alt="Lapwing" title="Lapwing" /></p>
  1367. <p>Namaqua Dove<br />
  1368. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/namaquadoves.jpg" alt="Namaqua Dove" title="Namaqua Dove" /></p>
  1369. <p>Pallid Harrier<br />
  1370. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/pallidharrier.jpg" alt="Pallid Harrier" title="Pallid Harrier" /></p>
  1371. <p>Red-throated Pipit<br />
  1372. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/redthroatedpipit.jpg" alt="Red-throated Pipit" title="Red-throated Pipit" /></p>
  1373. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/redthroatedpipit1.jpg" alt="Red-throated Pipit" title="Red-throated Pipit" /></p>
  1374. <p>Graceful Prinia<br />
  1375. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/prinia.jpg" alt="Graceful Prinia" title="Graceful Prinia" /></p>
  1376. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/prinia1.jpg" alt="Graceful Prinia" title="Graceful Prinia" /></p>
  1377. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/prinia2.jpg" alt="Graceful Prinia" title="Graceful Prinia" /></p>
  1378. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/prinia3.jpg" alt="Graceful Prinia" title="Graceful Prinia" /></p>
  1379. <p>Skylark<br />
  1380. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/skylark.jpg" alt="Skylark" title="Skylark" /></p>
  1381. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/skylark1.jpg" alt="Skylark" title="Skylark" /></p>
  1382. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/skylark2.jpg" alt="Skylark" title="Skylark" /></p>
  1383. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/skylark3.jpg" alt="Skylark"<br />
  1384. title="Skylark" /></p>
  1385. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/skylark5.jpg" alt="Skylark" title="Skylark" /></p>
  1386. <p>Tawny Pipit<br />
  1387. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/tawnypipit1.jpg" alt="Tawny Pipit" title="Tawny Pipit" /></p>
  1388. <p>Spanish Sparrow<br />
  1389. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/spannishsparrow.jpg" alt="Spanish Sparrow" title="Spanish Sparrow" /></p>
  1390. <p>Stonechats a mix of European and Siberian types<br />
  1391. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/stonechat.jpg" alt="Stonechat" title="Stonechat" /></p>
  1392. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/stonechat2.jpg" alt="Stonechat" title="Stonechat" /></p>
  1393. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/stonechats2.jpg" alt="Stonechat" title="Stonechat" /></p>
  1394. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/stonechats3.jpg" alt="Stonechat" title="Stonechat" /></p>
  1395. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/stonechats4.jpg" alt="Stonechat" title="Stonechat" /></p>
  1396. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/stonechats5.jpg" alt="Stonechat" title="Stonechat" /></p>
  1397. <p>At the Jeble Dakhan<br />
  1398. Desert Lark<br />
  1399. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/desertlark.jpg" alt="Desert Lark" title="Desert Lark" /></p>
  1400. <p>the long staying White-crowned Black Wheatear<br />
  1401. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/whitecrownedblackwheatear.jpg" alt="White-crowned Black Wheatear" title="White-crowned Black Wheatear" /></p>
  1402. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/whitecrownedblackwheatear1.jpg" alt="White-crowned Black Wheatear" title="White-crowned Black Wheatear" /></p>
  1403. <p>Desert Wheatear<br />
  1404. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/desertwheatear.jpg" alt="Desert Wheatear" title="Desert Wheatear" /></p>
  1405. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/desertwheatear1.jpg" alt="Desert Wheatear" title="Desert Wheatear" /></p>
  1406. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/desertwheatear2.jpg" alt="Desert Wheatear" title="Desert Wheatear" /></p>
  1407. <p></center>
  1408. </p>
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  1412. <item>
  1413. <title>January was a busy month with the bonus of a few rarities Part 1</title>
  1414. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2018/01/30/january_was_a_busy_month_with_the_bonus__1</link>
  1415. <pubDate>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:35:38 +0000</pubDate>
  1416. <category domain="alt">Observation by Howard</category>
  1417. <category domain="main">Admin - Howard King</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  1418. <description>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
  1419.  
  1420. Starting at Askar Marsh
  1421. The White-tailed Plover seen in December was relocated keeping company with numerous Snipe, Sandpipers, Shanks, Stilts, Herons, Glossy Ibis and common Kingfishers
  1422.  
  1423. White-tailed Plover
  1424.  
  1425.  
  1426.  
  1427.  
  1428. Snipe
  1429.  
  1430.  
  1431.  
  1432.  
  1433.  
  1434.  
  1435. Green Sandpiper
  1436.  
  1437.  
  1438. Marsh Sandpiper
  1439.  
  1440.  
  1441. Wood Sandpiper
  1442.  
  1443.  
  1444. Common Sandpiper
  1445.  
  1446.  
  1447. Kingfisher
  1448.  
  1449.  
  1450.  
  1451.  
  1452. Glossy Ibis
  1453.  
  1454.  
  1455.  
  1456.  
  1457. Pooping on the wing
  1458.  
  1459.  
  1460. Little Grebe
  1461.  
  1462.  
  1463. Green Shank
  1464.  
  1465.  
  1466. Western Reef Heron now in breeding plumage
  1467.  
  1468.  
  1469. Squacco Heron
  1470.  
  1471.  
  1472. Purple Gullinule (SwampHen)
  1473.  
  1474.  
  1475. White Wagtail
  1476.  
  1477.  
  1478.  
  1479.  
  1480. Water Pipit
  1481.  
  1482.  
  1483. 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
  1484.  
  1485. Pied Kingfisher
  1486.  
  1487.  
  1488.  
  1489.  
  1490.  
  1491.  
  1492.  
  1493.  
  1494.  
  1495.  
  1496. r" title="Pied Kingfisher" />
  1497.  
  1498.  
  1499.  
  1500.  
  1501.  
  1502.  
  1503.  
  1504.  
  1505.  
  1506.  
  1507.  
  1508.  
  1509.  
  1510.  
  1511.  
  1512.  
  1513.  
  1514.  
  1515.  
  1516. Manama Seafront at Bahrain Bay can provide some interesting opportunities for interesting shots of fishing or roosting birds
  1517.  
  1518. Caspian Tern
  1519.  
  1520.  
  1521.  
  1522.  
  1523.  
  1524.  
  1525.  
  1526.  
  1527. Slender-billed Gulls
  1528.  
  1529.  
  1530.  
  1531.  
  1532.  
  1533.  
  1534.  
  1535.  
  1536.  
  1537.  
  1538.  
  1539.  
  1540.  
  1541.  
  1542. Dunlin
  1543.  
  1544.  
  1545. Great Black-headed Gull
  1546.  
  1547.  
  1548.  
  1549.  
  1550. Steppe Gull
  1551.  
  1552.  
  1553.  
  1554.  
  1555. Greater Sand Plover
  1556.  
  1557.  
  1558.  
  1559.  
  1560. Socotra Cormorant
  1561.  
  1562.  
  1563.  
  1564.  
  1565.  
  1566.  
  1567.  
  1568.  
  1569.  
  1570.  
  1571. Whimbrel
  1572.  
  1573.  
  1574.  
  1575.  
  1576. Out and about at various locations
  1577. Marsh Harrier
  1578.  
  1579.  
  1580. Little Stint
  1581.  
  1582.  
  1583.  
  1584.  
  1585.  
  1586.  
  1587. Kentish Plover
  1588.  
  1589.  
  1590.  
  1591.  
  1592.  
  1593.  
  1594.  
  1595.  
  1596.  
  1597.  
  1598.  
  1599.  
  1600.  
  1601.  
  1602.  
  1603.  
  1604.  
  1605.  
  1606.  
  1607.  
  1608.  
  1609.  
  1610.  
  1611.  
  1612.  
  1613.  
  1614.  
  1615.  
  1616.  
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  1620.  
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  1627.  
  1628.  
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  1633.  
  1634.  
  1635.  
  1636.  
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  1638.  
  1639.  
  1640.  
  1641.  
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  1645.  
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  1647.  
  1648.  
  1649.  
  1650.  
  1651.  
  1652.  
  1653. </description>
  1654. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>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<br />
  1655. <center><br />
  1656. Starting at Askar Marsh<br />
  1657. The White-tailed Plover seen in December was relocated keeping company with numerous Snipe, Sandpipers, Shanks, Stilts, Herons, Glossy Ibis and common Kingfishers<br />
  1658. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/7in1.jpg" alt="waders" title="waders" /><br />
  1659. White-tailed Plover<br />
  1660. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/whitetailedplover.jpg" alt="White-tailed Plover" title="White-tailed Plover" /></p>
  1661. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/whitetailedplover1.jpg" alt="White-tailed Plover" title="White-tailed Plover" /></p>
  1662. <p>Snipe<br />
  1663. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/snipe.jpg" alt="Snipe" title="Snipe" /></p>
  1664. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/snipe1.jpg" alt="Snipe" title="Snipe" /></p>
  1665. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/snipe2.jpg" alt="Snipe" title="Snipe" /></p>
  1666. <p>Green Sandpiper<br />
  1667. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/greensandpiper.jpg" alt="Green Sandpiper" title="Green Sandpiper" /></p>
  1668. <p>Marsh Sandpiper<br />
  1669. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/marshsandpiper.jpg" alt="Marsh Sandpiper" title="Marsh Sandpiper" /></p>
  1670. <p>Wood Sandpiper<br />
  1671. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/woodsanddpiper.jpg" alt="Wood Sandpiper" title="Wood Sandpiper" /></p>
  1672. <p>Common Sandpiper<br />
  1673. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/commonsandpiper.jpg" alt="Common Sandpiper" title="Common Sandpiper" /></p>
  1674. <p>Kingfisher<br />
  1675. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/kingfisher.jpg" alt="Kingfisher" title="Kingfisher" /></p>
  1676. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/kingfisher1.jpg" alt="Kingfisher" title="Kingfisher" /></p>
  1677. <p>Glossy Ibis<br />
  1678. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/glossyobis.jpg" alt="Glossy Ibis" title="Glossy Ibis" /></p>
  1679. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/glossyobis2.jpg" alt="Glossy Ibis" title="Glossy Ibis" /></p>
  1680. <p>Pooping on the wing<br />
  1681. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/terdbag.jpg" alt="Glossy Ibis" title="Glossy Ibis" /></p>
  1682. <p>Little Grebe<br />
  1683. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/littlegrebe.jpg" alt="Little Grebe " title="Little Grebe " /></p>
  1684. <p>Green Shank<br />
  1685. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/greenshank.jpg" alt="Green Shank" title="Green Shank" /></p>
  1686. <p>Western Reef Heron now in breeding plumage<br />
  1687. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/westernreefheron.jpg" alt="Western Reef Heron" title="Western Reef Heron" /></p>
  1688. <p>Squacco Heron<br />
  1689. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/squaccoheron.jpg" alt="Squacco Heron" title="Squacco Heron" /></p>
  1690. <p>Purple Gullinule (SwampHen)<br />
  1691. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/Purplegallinule.jpg" alt="Purple Gullinule " title="Purple Gullinule " /></p>
  1692. <p>White Wagtail<br />
  1693. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/whitewagtail1.jpg" alt="White Wagtail" title="White Wagtail" /></p>
  1694. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/whitewagtail.jpg" alt="White Wagtail" title="White Wagtail" /></p>
  1695. <p>Water Pipit<br />
  1696. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/waterpipit.jpg" alt="Water Pipit" title="Water Pipit" /></p>
  1697. <p>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</p>
  1698. <p>Pied Kingfisher<br />
  1699. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1700. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher1.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1701. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher2.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1702. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher3.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1703. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher4.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1704. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher5.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" />r" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1705. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher6.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1706. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher7.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1707. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher8.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1708. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisher9.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfisher" title="Pied Kingfisher" /></p>
  1709. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisherS.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfishers" title="Pied Kingfishers" /></p>
  1710. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisherS1.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfishers" title="Pied Kingfishers" /></p>
  1711. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisherS2.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfishers" title="Pied Kingfishers" /></p>
  1712. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisherSa.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfishers" title="Pied Kingfishers" /></p>
  1713. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/piedkingfisherSb.jpg" alt="Pied Kingfishers" title="Pied Kingfishers" /></p>
  1714. <p>Manama Seafront at Bahrain Bay can provide some interesting opportunities for interesting shots of fishing or roosting birds</p>
  1715. <p>Caspian Tern<br />
  1716. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/caspianterns.jpg" alt="Caspian Tern" title="Caspian Tern" /></p>
  1717. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/caspianterns1.jpg" alt="Caspian Tern" title="Caspian Tern" /></p>
  1718. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/caspianterns2.jpg" alt="Caspian Tern" title="Caspian Tern" /></p>
  1719. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/caspianterns3.jpg" alt="Caspian Tern" title="Caspian Tern" /></p>
  1720. <p>Slender-billed Gulls<br />
  1721. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/slenderbills.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  1722. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/slenderbills1.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  1723. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/slenderbills2.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  1724. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/slenderbills3.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  1725. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/slenderbills4.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  1726. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/slenderbills5.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  1727. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/slenderbills6.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  1728. <p>Dunlin<br />
  1729. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/dunlin.jpg" alt="Dunlin" title="Dunlin" /></p>
  1730. <p>Great Black-headed Gull<br />
  1731. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/greatblackheadedgull.jpg" alt="Great Black-headed Gull" title="Great Black-headed Gull" /></p>
  1732. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/gull3.jpg" alt="Great Black-headed Gull" title="Great Black-headed Gull" /></p>
  1733. <p>Steppe Gull<br />
  1734. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/gull1.jpg" alt="Gull" title="Gull" /></p>
  1735. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/gull2.jpg" alt="Gull" title="Gull" /></p>
  1736. <p>Greater Sand Plover<br />
  1737. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/greatersandplover.jpg" alt="Greater Sand Plover" title="Greater Sand Plover" /></p>
  1738. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/greatersandplover1.jpg" alt="Greater Sand Plover" title="Greater Sand Plover" /></p>
  1739. <p>Socotra Cormorant<br />
  1740. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/socotracormorant.jpg" alt="Socotra Cormorant" title="Socotra Cormorant" /></p>
  1741. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/socotracormorant1.jpg" alt="Socotra Cormorant" title="Socotra Cormorant" /></p>
  1742. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/socotracormorant2.jpg" alt="Socotra Cormorant" title="Socotra Cormorant" /></p>
  1743. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/socotracormorant2f.jpg" alt="Socotra Cormorant" title="Socotra Cormorant" /></p>
  1744. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/socotracormorant3.jpg" alt="Socotra Cormorant" title="Socotra Cormorant" /></p>
  1745. <p>Whimbrel<br />
  1746. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/whimbel.jpg" alt="Whimbrel" title="Whimbrel" /></p>
  1747. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/whimbel1.jpg" alt="Whimbrel" title="Whimbrel" /></p>
  1748. <p>Out and about at various locations<br />
  1749. Marsh Harrier<br />
  1750. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/marshharrier.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /></p>
  1751. <p>Little Stint<br />
  1752. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/littlestint1.jpg" alt="Little Stint" title="Little Stint" /></p>
  1753. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/littlestint2f.jpg" alt="Little Stint" title="Little Stint" /></p>
  1754. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/littlestint4.jpg" alt="Little Stint" title="Little Stint" /></p>
  1755. <p>Kentish Plover<br />
  1756. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2018/January/kentishplover.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover" title="Kentish Plover" /></p>
  1757. <p></center>
  1758. </p>
  1759. ]]></content:encoded>
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  1763. <title>December a short month for Observation </title>
  1764. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2017/12/31/december_a_short_month_for_observation</link>
  1765. <pubDate>Sun, 31 Dec 2017 05:45:53 +0000</pubDate>
  1766. <category domain="main">Observation by Howard</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  1767. <description>With Christmas and then the New Year- December is alsways a short month and also with January normorally fairly quiet but for a few the appearance of some Calandra Larks at Hamalah changed all that. With a single Observation in 1982 it was really nice to be able to get to grips with this species with a camera in Hand. Found in a mixed flock of hundreds of other larks conataining a few Bimaculated but mostly Skylarks it was hard work sifting through them to spot our wayward intoloper.
  1768.  
  1769. Calandra Lark
  1770.  
  1771.  
  1772.  
  1773.  
  1774. At Ras Tubli the Staiated Heron now resident showed briefly at the back of the mangrove at the same spot where the juvenile was last seen
  1775.  
  1776.  
  1777.  
  1778.  
  1779. White-crowned Black Wheatear winter on the Jebel wonder if its white cap will develope before it leaves
  1780.  
  1781.  
  1782. Steppe Buzzard on the Jebel Dakhan proved a delight
  1783.  
  1784.  
  1785.  
  1786.  
  1787.  
  1788.  
  1789. Starling a large wintering flock near the Refinery never settled unfortunately for a photo session
  1790.  
  1791.  
  1792. Common Kingfisher
  1793.  
  1794.  
  1795. Common Sandpiper
  1796.  
  1797.  
  1798. Tufted Duck looking odd in eclipse plumage here with a Mallard
  1799.  
  1800.  
  1801. expected but interesting
  1802.  
  1803. Red-throated Pipit  
  1804.  
  1805.  
  1806. Meadow Pipit
  1807.  
  1808.  
  1809. Ruff
  1810.  
  1811.  
  1812. Snipe
  1813.  
  1814.  
  1815. Osprey
  1816.  
  1817.  
  1818. Marsh Sandpiper
  1819.  
  1820.  
  1821. Marsh Sandpiper and Red Shank in background
  1822.  
  1823.  
  1824. Lapwing
  1825.  
  1826.  
  1827. Glossy Ibis
  1828.  
  1829.  
  1830. Great White Egret
  1831.  
  1832.  
  1833. Greenshank
  1834.  
  1835.  
  1836.  
  1837.  
  1838.  
  1839.  
  1840.  
  1841.  
  1842.  
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  1844.  
  1845.  
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  1849.  
  1850.  
  1851.  
  1852.  
  1853. </description>
  1854. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>With Christmas and then the New Year- December is alsways a short month and also with January normorally fairly quiet but for a few the appearance of some Calandra Larks at Hamalah changed all that. With a single Observation in 1982 it was really nice to be able to get to grips with this species with a camera in Hand. Found in a mixed flock of hundreds of other larks conataining a few Bimaculated but mostly Skylarks it was hard work sifting through them to spot our wayward intoloper.<br />
  1855. <center><br />
  1856. Calandra Lark<br />
  1857. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/calandralark.jpg" alt="Calandra Lark" title="Calandra Lark" />  </p>
  1858. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/calandralark1.jpg" alt="Calandra Lark" title="Calandra Lark" />  </p>
  1859. <p>At Ras Tubli the Staiated Heron now resident showed briefly at the back of the mangrove at the same spot where the juvenile was last seen<br />
  1860. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/striatedheron.jpg" alt="Stiated Heron" title="Stiated Heron" /></p>
  1861. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/striatedheron1.jpg" alt="Stiated Heron" title="Stiated Heron" /></p>
  1862. <p>White-crowned Black Wheatear winter on the Jebel wonder if its white cap will develope before it leaves<br />
  1863. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/whitecrownedwheatear2.jpg" alt=" White-crowned Black Wheatear" title=" White-crowned Black Wheatear" /></p>
  1864. <p>Steppe Buzzard on the Jebel Dakhan proved a delight<br />
  1865. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/Steppebuzzard.jpg" alt="Steppe Buzzard" title="Steppe Buzzard" /></p>
  1866. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/Steppebuzzard1.jpg" alt="Steppe Buzzard" title="Steppe Buzzard" /></p>
  1867. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/Steppebuzzard2.jpg" alt="Steppe Buzzard" title="Steppe Buzzard" /></p>
  1868. <p>Starling a large wintering flock near the Refinery never settled unfortunately for a photo session<br />
  1869. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/starling.jpg" alt="Starling" title="Starling" /></p>
  1870. <p>Common Kingfisher<br />
  1871. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/kingfisher.jpg" alt="Common Kingfisher" title="Common Kingfisher" /></p>
  1872. <p>Common Sandpiper<br />
  1873. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/commonsandpiper2.jpg" alt="Common Sandpiper" title="Common Sandpiper" /></p>
  1874. <p>Tufted Duck looking odd in eclipse plumage here with a Mallard<br />
  1875. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/duck1.jpg" alt="Tufted Duck" title="Tufted Duck" /></p>
  1876. <p>expected but interesting </p>
  1877. <p>Red-throated Pipit<br />
  1878. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/redthroatedpipit.jpg" alt="Red-throated Pipit " title="Red-throated Pipit " /></p>
  1879. <p>Meadow Pipit<br />
  1880. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/pipit1OB.jpg" alt="Meadow Pipit" title="Meadow Pipit" /></p>
  1881. <p>Ruff<br />
  1882. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/ruff.jpg" alt="Ruff" title="Ruff" /></p>
  1883. <p>Snipe<br />
  1884. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/snipe.jpg" alt="Snipe" title="Snipe" /></p>
  1885. <p>Osprey<br />
  1886. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/Osprey.jpg" alt="Osprey" title="Osprey" /></p>
  1887. <p>Marsh Sandpiper<br />
  1888. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/marshsandpiper1.jpg" alt="Marsh Sandpiper" title="Marsh Sandpiper" /></p>
  1889. <p>Marsh Sandpiper and Red Shank in background<br />
  1890. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/marshredshank.jpg" alt="Marsh Sandpiper and Redshank" title="Marsh Sandpiper and Redshank" /></p>
  1891. <p>Lapwing<br />
  1892. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/lapwing.jpg" alt="Lapwing" title="Lapwing" /></p>
  1893. <p>Glossy Ibis<br />
  1894. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/glossyibis2.jpg" alt="Glossy Ibis " title="Glossy Ibis " /></p>
  1895. <p>Great White Egret<br />
  1896. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/greatwhiteegret1.jpg" alt="Great White Egret" title="Great White Egret" /></p>
  1897. <p>Greenshank<br />
  1898. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/December/greenshank1b.jpg" alt="Greenshank" title="Greenshank" /></p>
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