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  4. <title>Brendans Birds</title>
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  12. <title>House and Spanish Sparrows</title>
  13. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php/2012/07/09/house_and_spanish_sparrows</link>
  14. <pubDate>Mon, 09 Jul 2012 05:29:31 +0000</pubDate>
  15. <category domain="main">Bahrain obs by BK</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  16. <description>While I was out last weekend I staked out a leaky sprinkler at the chicken farm. The birds had already located it and were queueing up to get a drink in the heat. Here are some shots of Spanish and House sparrows for comparison. The fist two photographs are male and female House Sparrow to help you get your eye in!
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  23. This next shot below is of three House Sparrows quarrelling. The upper bird is a juvenile (see how bare it is under the wing!)
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  27. Then we get on to the male Spanish Sparrows (They're easy!).
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  34. Then it starts to get a little trickier! This is a juvenile male Spanish Sparrow
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  36.  
  37. .
  38. Then comes the female Spanish Sparrow!
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  40.  
  41. .
  42. Two Spanish Sparrow females squabbling!!
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  44.  
  45. .
  46. Note the yellow base to the bill!
  47. When you get your eye in you can tell the female Spanish and House sparrows apart quite easily.
  48. The Spanish Sparrows are bigger and have a different bill size and shape and if you look closely enough, they also have a different feather pattern.
  49. .
  50. And finally, a beautiful male Spanish Sparrow got curious and approached the car!
  51.  
  52.  
  53.  
  54. It was worth the wait!
  55.  
  56. </description>
  57. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>While I was out last weekend I staked out a leaky sprinkler at the chicken farm. The birds had already located it and were queueing up to get a drink in the heat. Here are some shots of Spanish and House sparrows for comparison. The fist two photographs are male and female House Sparrow to help you get your eye in!<br />
  58. <center><br />
  59. .<br />
  60. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/houspmale1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
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  62. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/houspfem1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  63. .<br />
  64. This next shot below is of three House Sparrows quarrelling. The upper bird is a juvenile (see how bare it is under the wing!)<br />
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  66. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/sparrows1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  67. .<br />
  68. Then we get on to the male Spanish Sparrows (They're easy!).<br />
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  70. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/spanishmale1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  71. .</p>
  72. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/spanishmale2.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  73. .<br />
  74. Then it starts to get a little trickier! This is a juvenile male Spanish Sparrow<br />
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  76. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/spanishmalejuv1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  77. .<br />
  78. Then comes the female Spanish Sparrow!<br />
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  80. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/spanishfem1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  81. .<br />
  82. Two Spanish Sparrow females squabbling!!<br />
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  84. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/spanishs.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  85. .<br />
  86. Note the yellow base to the bill!<br />
  87. When you get your eye in you can tell the female Spanish and House sparrows apart quite easily.<br />
  88. The Spanish Sparrows are bigger and have a different bill size and shape and if you look closely enough, they also have a different feather pattern.<br />
  89. .<br />
  90. And finally, a beautiful male Spanish Sparrow got curious and approached the car!</p>
  91. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/spanishmale3.JPG" alt="" title="" /></p>
  92. <p>It was worth the wait!</p>
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  94. </p>
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  96. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php?p=1381&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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  99. <title>Local residents are still around</title>
  100. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php/2012/06/06/local_residents_are_still_around</link>
  101. <pubDate>Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:45:14 +0000</pubDate>
  102. <category domain="main">Bahrain obs by BK</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  103. <description>While it is quiet now compared to when the migration was in swing, it is still enjoyable to watch the antics of the local birds. Below are a few shots I took last weekend.
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  108. These slender-billed gulls were making quite a a racket when feeding on some food waste put out by local residents
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  112. There are still a few hundred flamingos in Tubli Bay. Most are juveniles with no pink coloration in their feathers but this is a nice adult bird.
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  116. This Caspian Tern was a little outnumbered in the middle of the slender-billed gull flock.
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  120. A blue phase Western Reef Heron on a fishing trip.
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  124. Bingo!!
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  128. Common Mynah
  129. </description>
  130. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>While it is quiet now compared to when the migration was in swing, it is still enjoyable to watch the antics of the local birds. Below are a few shots I took last weekend.<br />
  131. <center><br />
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  133. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/gulls.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  134. .<br />
  135. These slender-billed gulls were making quite a a racket when feeding on some food waste put out by local residents<br />
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  137. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/flamingo.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  138. .<br />
  139. There are still a few hundred flamingos in Tubli Bay. Most are juveniles with no pink coloration in their feathers but this is a nice adult bird.<br />
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  141. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/caspian.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  142. .<br />
  143. This Caspian Tern was a little outnumbered in the middle of the slender-billed gull flock.<br />
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  145. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/heron2.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  146. .<br />
  147. A blue phase Western Reef Heron on a fishing trip.<br />
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  149. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/heron1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  150. .<br />
  151. Bingo!!<br />
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  153. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/mynah2.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
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  155. Common Mynah<br />
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  157. </p>
  158. ]]></content:encoded>
  159. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php?p=1377&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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  161. <item>
  162. <title>Still a few birds about</title>
  163. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php/2012/05/21/still_a_few_birds_about</link>
  164. <pubDate>Mon, 21 May 2012 10:41:37 +0000</pubDate>
  165. <category domain="main">Bahrain obs by BK</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  166. <description>Now that the migration has more or less finished I got a chance to relax and enjoy some photography once again. I recently got a Canon 7D and these are a couple of shots I took. I'm still learning to use the settings!
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  171. There are still a few Cattle Egrets at the Chicken farm. They probably are attempting to breed somewhere on the island but it is hard to find them.
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  175. The Crested Larks are on their second broods at this stage
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  179. These now hardy Kentish Plover chicks or juveniles are trying to keep out of the intense midday heat.
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  183. The Acacia trees are in fine fettle in the heat
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  185. </description>
  186. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>Now that the migration has more or less finished I got a chance to relax and enjoy some photography once again. I recently got a Canon 7D and these are a couple of shots I took. I'm still learning to use the settings!<br />
  187. <center><br />
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  189. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/cattle3.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  190. .<br />
  191. There are still a few Cattle Egrets at the Chicken farm. They probably are attempting to breed somewhere on the island but it is hard to find them.<br />
  192. .<br />
  193. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/crested1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  194. .<br />
  195. The Crested Larks are on their second broods at this stage<br />
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  197. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/kents1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  198. .<br />
  199. These now hardy Kentish Plover chicks or juveniles are trying to keep out of the intense midday heat.<br />
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  201. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/acacia.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  202. .<br />
  203. The Acacia trees are in fine fettle in the heat</p>
  204. <p></center>
  205. </p>
  206. ]]></content:encoded>
  207. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php?p=1372&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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  210. <title>The Terns Return</title>
  211. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php/2012/04/28/the_terns_return</link>
  212. <pubDate>Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:00:29 +0000</pubDate>
  213. <category domain="main">Bahrain obs by BK</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  214. <description>
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  224. Lesser-crested Terns
  225. </description>
  226. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p><center><br />
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  228. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/terns3.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
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  231. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/terns2.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
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  234. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/terns1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
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  236. Lesser-crested Terns<br />
  237. </center>
  238. </p>
  239. ]]></content:encoded>
  240. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php?p=1365&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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  242. <item>
  243. <title>Amazing camouflage</title>
  244. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php/2012/03/18/amazing_camouflage</link>
  245. <pubDate>Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:19:12 +0000</pubDate>
  246. <category domain="main">Bahrain obs by BK</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  247. <description>I flushed an Egyptian nightjar last weekend when I was ringing on the south of the island. The bird only flew 10 meters which allowed me to spot him again on the ground. He was perfectly camouflaged in the leaf debri under the trees.
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  252. Egyptian Nightjar
  253. </description>
  254. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>I flushed an Egyptian nightjar last weekend when I was ringing on the south of the island. The bird only flew 10 meters which allowed me to spot him again on the ground. He was perfectly camouflaged in the leaf debri under the trees.<br />
  255. <center><br />
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  257. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/egypt1.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
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  259. Egyptian Nightjar<br />
  260. </center>
  261. </p>
  262. ]]></content:encoded>
  263. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/brendans_stub.php?p=1356&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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