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  4. <title>ID Problems</title>
  5.     <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php</link>
  6. <description>Photographs of Birds requiring Identification</description>
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  12. <title>Basra Reed a New species for Bahrain</title>
  13. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php/2011/05/26/basra_reed</link>
  14. <pubDate>Thu, 26 May 2011 06:28:35 +0000</pubDate>
  15. <category domain="main">Passerines</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  16. <description>News --- Bird confirmed as Basra Reed Warbler has been accepted by Records committee
  17.  
  18. Last weekend myself (Brenden) and Abdulla put up a selection of nets in Ali Agricultural Farm to see what might be passing through. Towards dark I picked an unusual reed-type warbler out of the bottom shelf of one of the nets. Immediately I saw it I knew it was unusual, a bit too big for reed warbler and too small for great reed. I stuck it in a bag and finished the net-round. We processed the other birds and then I gave the bag to Abdulla, saying nothing. He immediately knew we had something different also. We decided to put an A ring on it due to the small size of the tarsus. Having gone through Svenson ID and looked at the Collins bird guide to the birds of Europe and the middle east we concluded that the bird was a Basra Reed Warbler. The blue/grey colour of the legs was particularly striking. There was no streaking on the breast or flanks. Unfortunately darkness had decended and the photographs were very poor. I managed to salvage 2 which give some indication of the wing and head details. Detail measurements and wing formula are below..
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  20.  
  21. In the hand
  22.  
  23. Poor lateral view
  24.  
  25. Wing  79,     Tail  58,    Tarsus 24.9
  26. Bill skull 24.5,  Bill depth at nares  3.4
  27. weight  14.5,  Fat  0,  muscle   1
  28. Wing Point  3,   1st secondary to tip of wing  19
  29. Emmargination   3,  2nd primary notch   8/9
  30. 1st Primary more than 2mm shorter than primary coverts
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  32. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>News --- Bird confirmed as Basra Reed Warbler has been accepted by Records committee </p>
  33. <p>Last weekend myself (Brenden) and Abdulla put up a selection of nets in Ali Agricultural Farm to see what might be passing through. Towards dark I picked an unusual reed-type warbler out of the bottom shelf of one of the nets. Immediately I saw it I knew it was unusual, a bit too big for reed warbler and too small for great reed. I stuck it in a bag and finished the net-round. We processed the other birds and then I gave the bag to Abdulla, saying nothing. He immediately knew we had something different also. We decided to put an A ring on it due to the small size of the tarsus. Having gone through Svenson ID and looked at the Collins bird guide to the birds of Europe and the middle east we concluded that the bird was a Basra Reed Warbler. The blue/grey colour of the legs was particularly striking. There was no streaking on the breast or flanks. Unfortunately darkness had decended and the photographs were very poor. I managed to salvage 2 which give some indication of the wing and head details. Detail measurements and wing formula are below..<br />
  34. <center><br />
  35. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/Basra.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  36. In the hand<br />
  37. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/Birding_with_Brendan/basra2.JPG" alt="" title="" /><br />
  38. Poor lateral view<br />
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  40. Wing  79,     Tail  58,    Tarsus 24.9<br />
  41. Bill skull 24.5,  Bill depth at nares  3.4<br />
  42. weight  14.5,  Fat  0,  muscle   1<br />
  43. Wing Point  3,   1st secondary to tip of wing  19<br />
  44. Emmargination   3,  2nd primary notch   8/9<br />
  45. 1st Primary more than 2mm shorter than primary coverts</p>
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  47. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php?p=1257&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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  50. <title>Large Gulls of the Middle East</title>
  51. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php/2010/08/09/large_gulls_of_the_middle_east</link>
  52. <pubDate>Sun, 08 Aug 2010 19:40:27 +0000</pubDate>
  53. <category domain="main">gulls</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  54. <description>This resource is probably the most comprehensive one is likely to find anywhere on the net - the problems of birds seen in Israel are in many ways similar to those of birds seen here -  so check out this slide show on the web -
  55.  
  56. Section one CLICK HERE
  57.  
  58. Section two CLICK HERE
  59.  
  60. </description>
  61. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>This resource is probably the most comprehensive one is likely to find anywhere on the net - the problems of birds seen in Israel are in many ways similar to those of birds seen here -  so check out this slide show on the web - </p>
  62. <p> <a href="http://www.slideboom.com/presentations/192922/Israel-large-Gulls-fast-identification-guide-part-1-5.9.09">Section one CLICK HERE</a></p>
  63. <p> <a href="http://www.slideboom.com/presentations/193583/Israel-large-Gulls-fast-identification-guide-part-2-5.9.09">Section two CLICK HERE</a></p>
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  68. <title>Another exotic - BK</title>
  69. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php/2009/10/27/another_exotic_bk</link>
  70. <pubDate>Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:22:58 +0000</pubDate>
  71. <category domain="main">Passerines</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  72. <description>Not sure what this one is but there were two or three of them in with the Indian Silverbills, possibly a Chestnut Munia
  73.  
  74. ID - Confirmed
  75.  
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  78. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>Not sure what this one is but there were two or three of them in with the Indian Silverbills, possibly a Chestnut Munia</p>
  79. <p>ID - Confirmed</p>
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  81. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/projects/2009/exotic.JPG" alt="exotic" title="exotic" /></center>
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  84. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php?p=955&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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  87. <title>unknown - on the larger side of small</title>
  88. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php/2009/09/17/unknown_on_the_larger_side_of_small</link>
  89. <pubDate>Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:11:16 +0000</pubDate>
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  91. <description>Seen this last weekend in an acacia tree - pic one the original taken with full zoom on my 500mm lens and pic two cut out from the same of the bird in question. The bird was seen across a wide expanse of cultivated land and in my rent a wreck totally inaccessible unless I wanted to spend a few hours digging it out. Any ideas most appreciated.
  92.  
  93. Well struck out - this one will remain UNKOWN but its either a Flycatcher or at the outside a Warbler!!
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  95.  
  96. .
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  98. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>Seen this last weekend in an acacia tree - pic one the original taken with full zoom on my 500mm lens and pic two cut out from the same of the bird in question. The bird was seen across a wide expanse of cultivated land and in my rent a wreck totally inaccessible unless I wanted to spend a few hours digging it out. Any ideas most appreciated.<br />
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  100. Well struck out - this one will remain UNKOWN but its either a Flycatcher or at the outside a Warbler!!</p>
  101. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/id/2009/unkown1.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br />
  102. .<br />
  103. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/id/2009/unkown.jpg" alt="" title="" /></center>
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  109. <title>Sandplovers - ID guide</title>
  110. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/id_stub.php/2009/09/11/sandplovers_id_guide</link>
  111. <pubDate>Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:08:57 +0000</pubDate>
  112. <category domain="alt">Waders</category>
  113. <category domain="main">gulls</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  114. <description>
  115. Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers - this is a compiled photo below
  116.  
  117.  
  118. Separating Lesser Sandplover from Greater can be problematic ESPECIALLY when dealing with a single bird- for me I use this simple rule one that provides a BASIC guide to ID for all ssp of both species. This works well on a square-on photo also note the eye shape and shape of angle of forehead
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  120.  
  121. This is not foolproof
  122.  
  123. It involves working out the distance between the back of the eye to the foremost feathering where it joins the upper mandible compared to the distance on to the end of the bill.
  124.  
  125. For Greater Sandplover the ratio is almost equal - distance eye to bill same as bill length - bill has a dagger like tip
  126. *plus nail is less prominent but almost half bill length and tip is pointed
  127.  
  128.  
  129. For Lesser Sandplover the bill length is always much shorter
  130. *plus bill is more robust and nail is more prominent but it is only around one third bill length - bill has a blunter tip
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  132. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p><center><br />
  133. Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers - this is a compiled photo below<br />
  134. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/id/2009/greaterlessersandplover.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p>
  135. <p>Separating Lesser Sandplover from Greater can be problematic ESPECIALLY when dealing with a single bird- for me I use this simple rule one that provides a BASIC guide to ID for all ssp of both species. This works well on a square-on photo also note the eye shape and shape of angle of forehead</p>
  136. <p>This is not foolproof</p>
  137. <p>It involves working out the distance between the back of the eye to the foremost feathering where it joins the upper mandible compared to the distance on to the end of the bill.</p>
  138. <p>For Greater Sandplover the ratio is almost equal - distance eye to bill same as bill length - bill has a dagger like tip<br />
  139. *plus nail is less prominent but almost half bill length and tip is pointed<br />
  140. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/id/2009/gsp-bill.jpg" alt="Greater" title="Greater" /></p>
  141. <p>For Lesser Sandplover the bill length is always much shorter<br />
  142. *plus bill is more robust and nail is more prominent but it is only around one third bill length - bill has a blunter tip<br />
  143. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/id/2009/lsp-bill.jpg" alt="Lesser" title="" /></center>
  144. </p>
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