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  4. <title>Birds of Bahrain</title>
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  13. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2020/01/25/title_78</link>
  14. <pubDate>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 05:45:31 +0000</pubDate>
  15. <category domain="alt">Observation by Howard</category>
  16. <category domain="main">Admin - Howard King</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  17. <description>After the Christmas, New Year break its always nice to doodle around and see what has remained in situ through the winter - my first surprise was that the only Stonechat I could find - this Siberian a female at Adhari
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  19. Siberian Stonechat
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  24. and the next pleasant surprise was a Marsh tern at Alba Marsh
  25. White-whinged Black Tern
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  32. I have to admit I was surprised to find the Marsh Harrier still in residence here too - no longer one, it is now one of a pair
  33. Marsh Harrier
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  38. This Pintail Snipe was out in the open for once
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  45. Marsh Sandpiper one of about a dozen at Alba Marsh
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  48. GreenShank nice for comparison
  49.  
  50.  
  51. out and about I came across some
  52. Cattle Egret
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  55. Common Sandpiper
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  58. Pied Wagtail
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  63. Isabelline Shrike
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  66. Herons by the dozen
  67. Grey Heron and a Western Reef
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  70. Squacco Heron
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  73. Curlew
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  76. And the every present Graceful Prinia
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  79. Grey Fancolin
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  82. Moorhen
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  85. and A displaying
  86. Crested Lark
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  112. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>After the Christmas, New Year break its always nice to doodle around and see what has remained in situ through the winter - my first surprise was that the only Stonechat I could find - this Siberian a female at Adhari </p>
  113. <p>Siberian Stonechat<br />
  114. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/siberian-stonechat.jpg" alt="Siberian Stonechat" title="Siberian Stonechat" /></p>
  115. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/siberian-stonechat1.jpg" alt="Siberian Stonechat" title="Siberian Stonechat" /></p>
  116. <p>and the next pleasant surprise was a Marsh tern at Alba Marsh<br />
  117. White-whinged Black Tern<br />
  118. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/whitewingedblacktern.jpg" alt="White-winged Black Tern" title="White-winged Black Tern" /></p>
  119. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/whitewingedblacktern1.jpg" alt="White-winged Black Tern" title="White-winged Black Tern" /></p>
  120. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/whitewingedblacktern2.jpg" alt="White-winged Black Tern" title="White-winged Black Tern" /></p>
  121. <p>I have to admit I was surprised to find the Marsh Harrier still in residence here too - no longer one, it is now one of a pair<br />
  122. Marsh Harrier<br />
  123. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/marsh-harriers9.jpg" alt="Marsh Harriers" title="Marsh Harriers" /></p>
  124. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/marsh-harrier.jpg" alt="Marsh Harriers" title="Marsh Harriers" /></p>
  125. <p>This Pintail Snipe was out in the open for once<br />
  126. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/snipe.jpg" alt="Pintail Snipe" title="Pintail Snipe" /></p>
  127. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/snipe1.jpg" alt="Pintail Snipe" title="Pintail Snipe" /></p>
  128. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/snipe2.jpg" alt="Pintail Snipe" title="Pintail Snipe" /></p>
  129. <p>Marsh Sandpiper one of about a dozen at Alba Marsh<br />
  130. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/marsh-sandpiper.jpg" alt="Marsh Sandpiper" title="Marsh Sandpiper" /></p>
  131. <p>GreenShank nice for comparison<br />
  132. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/greenshank.jpg" alt="GreenShank" title="GreenShank" /></p>
  133. <p>out and about I came across some<br />
  134. Cattle Egret<br />
  135. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/cattle-egret.jpg" alt="Cattle Egret" title="Cattle Egret" /></p>
  136. <p>Common Sandpiper<br />
  137. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/common-sandpiper.jpg" alt="Common Sandpiper" title="Common Sandpiper" /></p>
  138. <p>Pied Wagtail<br />
  139. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/wagtail.jpg" alt="Pied Wagtail" title="Pied Wagtail" /></p>
  140. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/wagtail1.jpg" alt="Pied Wagtail" title="Pied Wagtail" /></p>
  141. <p>Isabelline Shrike<br />
  142. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/isabellineshrike.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  143. <p>Herons by the dozen<br />
  144. Grey Heron and a Western Reef<br />
  145. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/herons.jpg" alt="Reef and Grey Heron" title="Reef and Grey Heron" /></p>
  146. <p>Squacco Heron<br />
  147. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/squacco-heron.jpg" alt="Squacco Heron" title="Squacco Heron" /></p>
  148. <p>Curlew<br />
  149. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/curlew.jpg" alt="Curlew" title="Curlew" /></p>
  150. <p>And the every present Graceful Prinia<br />
  151. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/graceful-prinia.jpg" alt="Graceful Prinia" title="Graceful Prinia" /></p>
  152. <p>Grey Fancolin<br />
  153. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/grey-francolin.jpg" alt="Grey Fancolin" title="Grey Fancolin" /></p>
  154. <p>Moorhen<br />
  155. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/moorhen.jpg" alt="Moorhen" title="Moorhen" /></p>
  156. <p>and A displaying<br />
  157. Crested Lark<br />
  158. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/crested-lark-male.jpg" alt="Crested Lark" title="Crested Lark" /> </p>
  159. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2020/january/crested-lark-male1.jpg" alt="Crested Lark" title="Crested Lark" /> </p>
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  164. <title>The New Year approaches</title>
  165. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2019/12/31/the_new_year_approaches</link>
  166. <pubDate>Tue, 31 Dec 2019 06:11:31 +0000</pubDate>
  167. <category domain="alt">Observation by Howard</category>
  168. <category domain="main">Admin - Howard King</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  169. <description>Not a lot about really but from a single visit to Alba Marsh I did manage a few decent species images
  170. Purple Gallinule
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  173. Wood Sandpiper
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  176. Marsh Harrier
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  179. Clamourous Reed Warbler
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  182. Isabelline Shrike
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  185. Mallard
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  188. Black-winged Stilt
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  191. Snipe
  192. </description>
  193. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>Not a lot about really but from a single visit to Alba Marsh I did manage a few decent species images<br />
  194. Purple Gallinule<br />
  195. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/december/purple-gallenule3.jpg" alt="Gallinule" title="Gallinule" /></p>
  196. <p>Wood Sandpiper<br />
  197. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/december/wood-sandpiper.jpg" alt="Wood Sandpiper" title="Wood Sandpiper" /></p>
  198. <p>Marsh Harrier<br />
  199. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/december/marsh-Harrier.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /></p>
  200. <p>Clamourous Reed Warbler<br />
  201. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/december/clamorous-reed-warbler.jpg" alt="Clamorous Reed Warbler" title="Clamorous Reed Warbler" /></p>
  202. <p>Isabelline Shrike<br />
  203. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/december/isabelline-shrike.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  204. <p>Mallard<br />
  205. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/december/mallard.jpg" alt="Mallard" title="Mallard" /></p>
  206. <p>Black-winged Stilt<br />
  207. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/december/Balck-winged-stilt.jpg" alt="Black-winged Stilt" title="Black-winged Stilt" /></p>
  208. <p>Snipe<br />
  209. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/december/snipe1.jpg" alt="Snipe" title="Snipe" />
  210. </p>
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  215. <title>Some nice birds in the garden</title>
  216. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2019/11/24/some_nice_birds_in_the_garden</link>
  217. <pubDate>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 18:59:39 +0000</pubDate>
  218. <category domain="main">Admin - Howard King</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  219. <description>No month passes without something interesting turning up in the garden, but being able to snap a picture is not always possible. However, this month the birds were exceptional in that a real rarity turned up - an Evermann's Redstart. Initially, I had thought it just a Common Redstart having just glimpsed one but it soon showed well enough for ID. It was a chance not to miss, so it was a case of sit and wait.
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  221. Evermann's Redstart
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  226. Common Redstart -
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  229. A regular over the years but always nice to see
  230. Masked Shrike
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  233. A regular around at the same time
  234. Whitethroat
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  237. </description>
  238. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>No month passes without something interesting turning up in the garden, but being able to snap a picture is not always possible. However, this month the birds were exceptional in that a real rarity turned up - an Evermann's Redstart. Initially, I had thought it just a Common Redstart having just glimpsed one but it soon showed well enough for ID. It was a chance not to miss, so it was a case of sit and wait.</p>
  239. <p>Evermann's Redstart<br />
  240. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/November/evermanns.jpg" alt="Evermann's Redstart" title="Evermann's Redstart" /></p>
  241. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/November/evermanns-redstart2b.jpg" alt="Evermanns Redstart" title="Evermanns Redstart" /></p>
  242. <p>Common Redstart -<br />
  243. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/November/redstart.jpg" alt="Redstart" title="Redstart" /></p>
  244. <p>A regular over the years but always nice to see<br />
  245. Masked Shrike<br />
  246. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/November/masked-shrike.jpg" alt="Masked Shrike" title="Masked Shrike" /></p>
  247. <p>A regular around at the same time<br />
  248. Whitethroat<br />
  249. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/November/Whitethroat.jpg" alt="Whitethroat" title="Whitethroat" /></p>
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  254. <title>Birds found between the office and home </title>
  255. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2019/10/26/birds_found_between_the_office_and_home</link>
  256. <pubDate>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 06:09:16 +0000</pubDate>
  257. <category domain="main">Observation by Howard</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  258. <description>My route between my home and the office is always prone to rush hour traffic often as a means to easy that time I often stop on accessible bits of the shore - it's always rewardng just for the peace of mind it offers then with a few birds thrown in for good measure it can be - well you know the feeling
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  260. Redshank
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  262. Curlew Sandpiper
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  264. Kentish Plover
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  266. Lesser Sand Plover
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  268. Turnstone
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  271. Pied Wheatear both Females and Males
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  281. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>My route between my home and the office is always prone to rush hour traffic often as a means to easy that time I often stop on accessible bits of the shore - it's always rewardng just for the peace of mind it offers then with a few birds thrown in for good measure it can be - well you know the feeling<br />
  282. <center><br />
  283. Redshank<br />
  284. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/Redshank.jpg" alt="Redshank" title="Redshank" /><br />
  285. Curlew Sandpiper<br />
  286. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/CurlewSandpiper.jpg" alt="Curlew Sandpiper" title="Curlew Sandpiper" /><br />
  287. Kentish Plover<br />
  288. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/KentishPlover.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover" title="Kentish Plover" /><br />
  289. Lesser Sand Plover<br />
  290. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/LesserSandpiper.jpg" alt="Lesser Sand Plover" title="Lesser Sand Plover" /><br />
  291. Turnstone<br />
  292. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/Turnstone.jpg" alt="Turnstone" title="Turnstone" /></p>
  293. <p>Pied Wheatear both Females and Males<br />
  294. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/pied-wheatearF.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  295. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/pied-wheatearF1.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  296. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/pied-wheatearM.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  297. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/October/pied-wheatearM1.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
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  301. <comments>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php?p=1569&amp;c=1&amp;tb=1&amp;pb=1#comments</comments>
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  304. <title>May unforntaely had it limitation</title>
  305. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2019/05/31/may_unforntaely_had_it_limitation</link>
  306. <pubDate>Fri, 31 May 2019 09:54:17 +0000</pubDate>
  307. <category domain="main">Admin - Howard King</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  308. <description>Unfortunately, Old Age caught up with me, by way of collapsed back vertebrae, 6 in total, and as a consequence, I haven't been able to move much further than a chair in front of a garden window since shortly after my talk on Hawar given in late March. Hopefully, it is a period of time that will end soon.
  309.  
  310. Interestingly even with this - the task turned up its own anomalies. The obs I had of the few migrants I clocked in and out, in terms of the time frame noted, didn't fit with the previous period recorded data. Several Species of whom I had thought would have long passed were recorded in the case of the Whitethroat in quite good numbers up until the end of the May whilst for a Female Blackcap, it remains a regular seen even today June 14th.
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  313. A most interesting obs for early May and a first for the Garden was the all too quick visit from a Wryneck -
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  317. A seasonal regular was a solitary Nightingale which stayed a week early in the month and then left as expected
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  321. The whitethroats on occasions 5 or 6 birds started being noted on the 5th and stayed up until the 29th - It had been a species I thought to pass almost completely by April end.
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  327. The last obs
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  330. Blackcap were in the garden when I first put the camera up one remains a female mentioned above
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  338. This is her - my semi-resident Female and a real  prize for any sporting chap passing
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  350. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>Unfortunately, Old Age caught up with me, by way of collapsed back vertebrae, 6 in total, and as a consequence, I haven't been able to move much further than a chair in front of a garden window since shortly after my talk on Hawar given in late March. Hopefully, it is a period of time that will end soon.</p>
  351. <p>Interestingly even with this - the task turned up its own anomalies. The obs I had of the few migrants I clocked in and out, in terms of the time frame noted, didn't fit with the previous period recorded data. Several Species of whom I had thought would have long passed were recorded in the case of the Whitethroat in quite good numbers up until the end of the May whilst for a Female Blackcap, it remains a regular seen even today June 14th.<br />
  352. <center></p>
  353. <p>A most interesting obs for early May and a first for the Garden was the all too quick visit from a Wryneck -</p>
  354. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/wryneck.jpg" alt="Wryneck" title="Wryneck" /></p>
  355. <p>A seasonal regular was a solitary Nightingale which stayed a week early in the month and then left as expected</p>
  356. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/nightingale10.jpg" alt="Nightingale" title="Nightingale" /></p>
  357. <p>The whitethroats on occasions 5 or 6 birds started being noted on the 5th and stayed up until the 29th - It had been a species I thought to pass almost completely by April end.</p>
  358. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/whitethroat_M.jpg" alt="Whitethroat" title="Whitethroat" /></p>
  359. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/whitethroat_F.jpg" alt="Whitethroat" title="Whitethroat" /></p>
  360. <p>The last obs<br />
  361. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/WhitethroatLAST1.jpg" alt="Whitethroat" title="Whitethroat" /></p>
  362. <p>Blackcap were in the garden when I first put the camera up one remains a female mentioned above </p>
  363. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/blackcap.jpg" alt="Blackcap" title="Blackcap" /></p>
  364. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/blackcapf12.jpg" alt="Blackcap" title="Blackcap" /></p>
  365. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/blackcapFemale1.jpg" title="Blackcap" /></p>
  366. <p>This is her - my semi-resident Female and a real  prize for any sporting chap passing<br />
  367. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2019/May/BlackcapJuneFem.jpg" alt="Blackcap" title="Blackcap" /></p>
  368. <p></center>
  369. </p>
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