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  4. <title>Birding Bahrain</title>
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  12. <title>Summer has arrived with a vengence</title>
  13. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2017/05/14/summer_has_arrived_with_a_vengence</link>
  14. <pubDate>Sat, 13 May 2017 19:33:46 +0000</pubDate>
  15. <category domain="main">Observation by Howard</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  16. <description>I start with a picture unrelated to birds but it is of one of my favourite Bahrain residents the Dubb Lizard - they are vegetarian and harmless - this chaps expression sums up for me the change in the weather - it ain't half Hot Mum
  17.  
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  19.  
  20. Now the Birds -
  21. Lesser Grey Shrike never many but they are stunners
  22.  
  23.  
  24. Red-backed Shrike numbers increase
  25.  
  26.  
  27.  
  28.  
  29. Isabelline Shrike still quite a few about
  30.  
  31.  
  32. Purple Swamphen two put in an appearance at Alba/Askar Marsh
  33.  
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  38.  
  39. Spotted Crake
  40.  
  41.  
  42. Little Stint
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  46.  
  47. Little Bittern
  48.  
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  50.  
  51.  
  52. Little Grebe a good breeding year thus far
  53.  
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  56.  
  57. Kentish Plover Chick - they are everywhere
  58.  
  59.  
  60.  
  61.  
  62.  
  63.  
  64. Black-Winged Stilt Chick
  65.  
  66.  
  67. Moorhen Chick
  68.  
  69.  
  70. Clamorous Warbler have successfully colonised our restricted wetlands
  71.  
  72.  
  73. Bee-eater a really disappointing year for obs
  74.  
  75.  
  76. Little Tern
  77.  
  78.  
  79. Black-crowned Night Heron
  80.  
  81.  
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  83.  
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  85.  
  86. Palm Doves
  87.  
  88.  
  89. Ringed Plover
  90.  
  91.  
  92. Rock Thrush
  93.  
  94.  
  95. Spotted Flycatcher
  96.  
  97.  
  98. Socotra Cormorant
  99.  
  100.  
  101. Slender-billed Gull
  102.  
  103.  
  104. Black-headed Gull
  105.  
  106.  
  107. Warbler NOT POSITIVELY identified too big too colourful for Willow but only other possibility is a Wood Warbler
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  125. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>I start with a picture unrelated to birds but it is of one of my favourite Bahrain residents the Dubb Lizard - they are vegetarian and harmless - this chaps expression sums up for me the change in the weather - it ain't half Hot Mum<br />
  126. <center><br />
  127. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/dubblizard.jpg" alt="Dubb Lizard" title="Dubb Lizard" /></p>
  128. <p>Now the Birds -<br />
  129. Lesser Grey Shrike never many but they are stunners<br />
  130. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/lessergreyshrike.jpg" alt="Lesser Grey Shrike" title="Lesser Grey Shrike" /></p>
  131. <p>Red-backed Shrike numbers increase<br />
  132. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/redbackedshrike.jpg" alt="Red-backed Shrike" title="Red-backed Shrike" /></p>
  133. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/redbackedshrike2.jpg" alt="Red-backed Shrike" title="Red-backed Shrike" /></p>
  134. <p>Isabelline Shrike still quite a few about<br />
  135. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/isabellineshrike.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  136. <p>Purple Swamphen two put in an appearance at Alba/Askar Marsh<br />
  137. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/swamphen.jpg" alt="Purple Swamphen" title="Purple Swamphen" width="1024"/></p>
  138. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/swamphen1.jpg" alt="Purple Swamphen" title="Purple Swamphen" /></p>
  139. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/swamphen2.jpg" alt="Purple Swamphen" title="Purple Swamphen" /></p>
  140. <p>Spotted Crake<br />
  141. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/spottedcrake.jpg" alt="Spotted Crake" title="Spotted Crake" /></p>
  142. <p>Little Stint<br />
  143. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/littlestint.jpg" alt="Little Stint" title="Little Stint" /></p>
  144. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/littlestint1.jpg" alt="Little Stint" title="Little Stint" /></p>
  145. <p>Little Bittern<br />
  146. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/littlebittern.jpg" alt="Little Bittern" title="Little Bittern" /></p>
  147. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/littlebittern1.jpg" alt="Little Bittern" title="Little Bittern" /></p>
  148. <p>Little Grebe a good breeding year thus far<br />
  149. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/littlegrebechick1.jpg" alt="Little Grebe" title="Little Grebe" /></p>
  150. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/littlegrebechicks.jpg" alt="Little Grebe" title="Little Grebe" /></p>
  151. <p>Kentish Plover Chick - they are everywhere<br />
  152. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/kentishchick1.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover Chick" title="Kentish Plover Chick" /></p>
  153. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/kentishchick2.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover Chick" title="Kentish Plover Chick" /></p>
  154. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/kentishchick3.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover Chick" title="Kentish Plover Chick" /></p>
  155. <p>Black-Winged Stilt Chick<br />
  156. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/BWstiltchick.jpg" alt="Black-Winged Stilt Chick" title="Black-Winged Stilt Chick" /></p>
  157. <p>Moorhen Chick<br />
  158. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/moorhenchick.jpg" alt="Moorhen Chick" title="Moorhen Chick" /></p>
  159. <p>Clamorous Warbler have successfully colonised our restricted wetlands<br />
  160. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/clamorousreedwarbler.jpg" alt="Clamorous Warbler" title="Clamorous Warbler" /></p>
  161. <p>Bee-eater a really disappointing year for obs<br />
  162. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/beeeater.jpg" alt="Bee-eater" title="Bee-eater" /></p>
  163. <p>Little Tern<br />
  164. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/littletern.jpg" alt="Little Tern" title="Little Tern" /></p>
  165. <p>Black-crowned Night Heron<br />
  166. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/nightheron.jpg" alt="Night Heron" title="Night Heron" /></p>
  167. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/nightheron1.jpg" alt="Night Heron" title="Night Heron" /></p>
  168. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/nightheron2.jpg" alt="Night Heron" title="Night Heron" /></p>
  169. <p>Palm Doves<br />
  170. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/palmdoves.jpg" alt="Palm Doves" title="Palm Doves" /></p>
  171. <p>Ringed Plover<br />
  172. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/ringedplover.jpg" alt="Ringed Plover" title="Ringed Plover" /></p>
  173. <p>Rock Thrush<br />
  174. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/rockthrush1.jpg" alt="Rock Thrush" title="\Rock Thrush" /></p>
  175. <p>Spotted Flycatcher<br />
  176. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/spottedflycatcher.jpg" alt="Spotted Flycatcher" title="Spotted Flycatcher" /></p>
  177. <p>Socotra Cormorant<br />
  178. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/socotracormorant.jpg" alt="Socotra Cormorant" title="Socotra Cormorant" /></p>
  179. <p>Slender-billed Gull<br />
  180. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/slenderbilledgull.jpg" alt="Slender-billed Gull" title="Slender-billed Gull" /></p>
  181. <p>Black-headed Gull<br />
  182. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/blackheadedgull.jpg" alt="Black-headed Gull" title="Black-headed Gull" /></p>
  183. <p>Warbler NOT POSITIVELY identified too big too colourful for Willow but only other possibility is a Wood Warbler<br />
  184. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/May/warbler1.jpg" alt="Warbler" title="Warbler" /></p>
  185. <p></center>
  186. </p>
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  191. <title>April the hottest since 1902 weather records show</title>
  192. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2017/04/29/april_the_hottest_since_1902_weather_rec</link>
  193. <pubDate>Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:57:28 +0000</pubDate>
  194. <category domain="main">Observation by Howard</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  195. <description>The weather this last month has got its own back with unseasonable highs after the extremely wet and cool spring; I recorded 48c plus once this month according to my own personal weather sensor (my telephone) - mid 30c are normal for this time of the year. However surprisingly there are still quite a few migrants passing at local green wet spots while in contrast the shore has become bit of a ghost town other than for the odd lone wader and the locally breeding Terns, Herons and Egrets. For these local breeders it is more a place of refuge away from tending active nests. Things will start to get interesting on the shore again once fledged young join these adults. Surprisingly also some waders will also by then have started to return.
  196.  
  197. However in the meantime .......... Inland it is permanent water that is currently the key to finding birds be it from a simple drip line on a vegetable plot, a drainage ditch or to the environs of one of our ponds in our limited and decreasing wetland areas.
  198.  
  199. As a consequence on my last few field trips out I have ignored many of our better known wintering hot spots instead favoring those with water that I know will produce locally breeding or late migrant birds. Have I missed stuff as a consequence, probably yes.
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  201.  
  202. Starting with a species that I have not seen since 1992
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  204. Black-winged Pratincole
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  207. Collared Pratincole the most frequently seen
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  209.  
  210. Having seen the two species in quick succession it was possible to make a photo composite for comparative purposes always useful in these circumstance as it becomes immediately clear just how much the two species vary in structure alone. Relative scale had to be guessed but was based on maintaining the eye level alignments and that of the bottom of the breast and junction of the leg.
  211.  
  212. Black-winged left and Collared Pratincole right
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  214.  
  215. Cream-coloured Couser
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  220.  
  221.  
  222. Yellow Wagtail
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  226.  
  227. Wood Sandpiper in fact one of many seen - a species that has been extremely common this year
  228.  
  229.  
  230. Upchers Warbler
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  232.  
  233. Turtle Dove
  234.  
  235.  
  236. Temminck's Stint
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  238.  
  239.  
  240.  
  241. Roller
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  243.  
  244. Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush
  245.  
  246.  
  247. Northern Wheatear
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  249.  
  250. Northern Cormorant
  251.  
  252. </description>
  253. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>The weather this last month has got its own back with unseasonable highs after the extremely wet and cool spring; I recorded 48c plus once this month according to my own personal weather sensor (my telephone) - mid 30c are normal for this time of the year. However surprisingly there are still quite a few migrants passing at local green wet spots while in contrast the shore has become bit of a ghost town other than for the odd lone wader and the locally breeding Terns, Herons and Egrets. For these local breeders it is more a place of refuge away from tending active nests. Things will start to get interesting on the shore again once fledged young join these adults. Surprisingly also some waders will also by then have started to return.</p>
  254. <p>However in the meantime .......... Inland it is permanent water that is currently the key to finding birds be it from a simple drip line on a vegetable plot, a drainage ditch or to the environs of one of our ponds in our limited and decreasing wetland areas. </p>
  255. <p>As a consequence on my last few field trips out I have ignored many of our better known wintering hot spots instead favoring those with water that I know will produce locally breeding or late migrant birds. Have I missed stuff as a consequence, probably yes. </p>
  256. <p>Starting with a species that I have not seen since 1992<center></p>
  257. <p>Black-winged Pratincole<br />
  258. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/pratincole1.jpg" alt="Black-winged  Pratincole" title="Balck-winged Pratincole" /></p>
  259. <p>Collared Pratincole the most frequently seen<br />
  260. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/collaredpratincole.jpg" alt="Collared Pratincole" title="Collared Pratincole" /></p>
  261. <p>Having seen the two species in quick succession it was possible to make a photo composite for comparative purposes always useful in these circumstance as it becomes immediately clear just how much the two species vary in structure alone. Relative scale had to be guessed but was based on maintaining the eye level alignments and that of the bottom of the breast and junction of the leg.</p>
  262. <p>Black-winged left and Collared Pratincole right<br />
  263. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/compospratincole1.jpeg" alt="Black-winged and Collared Pratincoles " title="Black-winged and Collared Pratincoles " /></p>
  264. <p>Cream-coloured Couser<br />
  265. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/creamcolouredcourser.jpg" alt="Cream-coloured Couser" title="Cream-coloured Couser" /></p>
  266. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/creamcolouredcourser1.jpg" alt="Cream-coloured Couser" title="Cream-coloured Couser" /></p>
  267. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/creamcolouredcourser2.jpg" alt="Cream-coloured Couser" title="Cream-coloured Couser" /></p>
  268. <p>Yellow Wagtail<br />
  269. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/yellowwagtail.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtail" title="Yellow Wagtail" /></p>
  270. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/yellowwagtail1.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtail" title="Yellow Wagtail" /></p>
  271. <p>Wood Sandpiper in fact one of many seen - a species that has been extremely common this year<br />
  272. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/woodsandpiper.jpg" alt="Wood Sandpiper" title="Wood Sandpiper" /></p>
  273. <p>Upchers Warbler<br />
  274. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/upcherswarbler.jpg" alt="Upchers Warbler" title="Upchers Warbler" /></p>
  275. <p>Turtle Dove<br />
  276. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/turtledove.jpg" alt="Turtle Dove" title="Turtle Dove" /></p>
  277. <p>Temminck's Stint<br />
  278. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/temmincksstint.jpg" alt="Temminck's Stint " title="Temminck's Stint " /></p>
  279. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/temmincksstint1.jpg" alt="Temminck's Stint " title="Temminck's Stint " /></p>
  280. <p>Roller<br />
  281. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/roller.jpg" alt="Roller" title="Roller" /></p>
  282. <p>Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush<br />
  283. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/rockthrush.jpg" alt="Rock Thrush" title="Rock Thrush" /></p>
  284. <p>Northern Wheatear<br />
  285. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/northernwheatear1.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  286. <p>Northern Cormorant<br />
  287. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/cormorant.jpg" alt="Northern Cormorant" title="Northern Cormorant" /><br />
  288. </center>
  289. </p>
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  294. <title>Busy times </title>
  295. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2017/04/24/busy_times_1</link>
  296. <pubDate>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:51:46 +0000</pubDate>
  297. <category domain="main">Observation by Howard</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  298. <description>Just back from Egypt, no time to bird unfortunately just a brief visit to the Pyramids and a few walks along the Nile in Cairo however with that and the visit preparations out the way I now have time to update my web site - a factor that really does determine when and how often I can do this.
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  309. Willow Warbler
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  312. Whinchat
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  315. Waterpipit
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  318. vittata a Pied Wheatear
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  325. Turnstone
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  328. Ringed Plover
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  331. Red-throated Pipit
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  336. Meadow Pipit
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  339. Redshank
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  342. Black-eared Kite
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  351. Socotra Cormorant
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  354. Pied Wheatear
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  361. Alaskan or Siberian - Northern Wheatear
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  364. Masked Shrike
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  367. Isabelline Wheatear
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  387. Great Grey Shrike
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  390. Desert Wheatear
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  393. Black-winged Stilt
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  490.  
  491. </description>
  492. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>Just back from Egypt, no time to bird unfortunately just a brief visit to the Pyramids and a few walks along the Nile in Cairo however with that and the visit preparations out the way I now have time to update my web site - a factor that really does determine when and how often I can do this.<br />
  493. <center><br />
  494. Wryneck<br />
  495. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/wryneck3.jpg" alt="Wryneck" title="Wryneck" /></p>
  496. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/wryneck2.jpg" alt="Wryneck" title="Wryneck" /></p>
  497. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/wryneck1.jpg" alt="Wryneck" title="Wryneck" /></p>
  498. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/wryneck.jpg" alt="Wryneck" title="Wryneck" /></p>
  499. <p>Willow Warbler<br />
  500. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/willowwarbler1.jpg" alt="Willow Warbler" title="Willow Warbler" /></p>
  501. <p>Whinchat<br />
  502. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/whinchat.jpg" alt="Whinchat" title="Whinchat" /></p>
  503. <p>Waterpipit<br />
  504. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/waterpipit.jpg" alt="Waterpipit" title="Waterpipit" /></p>
  505. <p>vittata a Pied Wheatear<br />
  506. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/vittata.jpg" alt="vittata Pied Wheatear" title="vittata Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  507. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/vittata1.jpg" alt="vittata Pied Wheatear" title="vittata Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  508. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/vittata2.jpg" width="1024" alt="vittata Pied Wheatear" title="vittata Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  509. <p>Turnstone<br />
  510. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/turnstone.jpg" alt="Turnstone" title="Turnstone" /></p>
  511. <p>Ringed Plover<br />
  512. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/ringedplover.jpg" alt="Ringed Plover" title="Ringed Plover" /></p>
  513. <p>Red-throated Pipit<br />
  514. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/redthroatedpipit.jpg" alt="Red-throated Pipit" title="Red-throated Pipit" /></p>
  515. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/redthroatedpipit1.jpg" alt="Red-throated Pipit" title="Red-throated Pipit" /></p>
  516. <p>Meadow Pipit<br />
  517. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/pipit1.jpg" alt="Meadow Pipit" title="Meadow Pipit" /></p>
  518. <p>Redshank<br />
  519. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/redshank.jpg" alt="Redshank" title="Redshank" /></p>
  520. <p>Black-eared Kite<br />
  521. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/raptor1.jpg" alt="Black-eared Kite" title="Black-eared Kite" /></p>
  522. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/raptor2.jpg" alt="Black-eared Kite" title="Black-eared Kite" /></p>
  523. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/raptor3.jpg" alt="Black-eared Kite" title="Black-eared Kite" /></p>
  524. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/raptor4.jpg" alt="Black-eared Kite" title="Black-eared Kite" /></p>
  525. <p>Socotra Cormorant<br />
  526. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/post.jpg" alt="Socotra Cormorant" title="Socotra Cormorant" /></p>
  527. <p>Pied Wheatear<br />
  528. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/piedwheatear.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  529. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/piedwheatear1.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  530. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/piedwheatear2.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  531. <p>Alaskan or Siberian - Northern Wheatear<br />
  532. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/northernwheatear.jpg" alt="Alaskan or Siberian - Northern Wheatear" title="Alaskan or Siberian - Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  533. <p>Masked Shrike<br />
  534. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/maskedshrike.jpg" alt="Masked Shrike" title="Masked Shrike" /></p>
  535. <p>Isabelline Wheatear<br />
  536. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/isabellinewheatear.jpg" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /></p>
  537. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/isabellineweheatear.jpg" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /></p>
  538. <p>Isabelline Shrike<br />
  539. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/isabellineShrike.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  540. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/isabellineShrike1.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  541. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/isabellineShrike2.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  542. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/isabellineShrike3.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  543. <p>Hoopoe<br />
  544. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/hoopoe.jpg" alt="Hoopoe" title="Hoopoe" /></p>
  545. <p>Great White Egret<br />
  546. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/greatwhiteegret.jpg" alt="Great White Egret" title="Great White Egret" /></p>
  547. <p>Great Grey Shrike<br />
  548. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/greatgreyshrike.jpg" alt="Great Grey Shrike" title="Great Grey Shrike" /></p>
  549. <p>Desert Wheatear<br />
  550. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/desertwheatear.jpg" alt="Desert Wheatear" title="Desert Wheatear" /></p>
  551. <p>Black-winged Stilt<br />
  552. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/blackwingedstilt.jpg" alt="Black-winged Stilt" title="Black-winged Stilt" /></p>
  553. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/blackwingedstiltnest.jpg" alt="Black-winged Stilt" title="Black-winged Stilt" /></p>
  554. <p>Little Grebe nesting<br />
  555. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/littlegrebe.jpg" alt="Little Grebe nesting" title="Little Grebe nesting" /></p>
  556. <p>Common Sandpiper<br />
  557. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/commonsandpiper.jpg" alt="Common Sandpiper" title="Common Sandpiper" /></p>
  558. <p>Northern Cormorant<br />
  559. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/cormorant.jpg" alt="Northern Cormorant" title="Northern Cormorant" /></p>
  560. <p>Curlew Sandpiper<br />
  561. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/curlewsandpiper.jpg" alt="Curlew Sandpiper" title="Curlew Sandpiper" /></p>
  562. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/curlewsandpiper1.jpg" alt="Curlew Sandpiper" title="Curlew Sandpiper" /></p>
  563. <p>Dunlin<br />
  564. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/dunlin.jpg" alt="Dunlin" title="Dunlin" /></p>
  565. <p>Grey Plover<br />
  566. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/greyplover.jpg" alt="Grey Plover" title="Grey Plover" /></p>
  567. <p>Gull-billed Tern<br />
  568. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/gullbilledtern.jpg" alt="Gull-billed Tern" title="Gull-billed Tern" /></p>
  569. <p>Kentish Plover<br />
  570. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/Kentishnest.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover nest" title="Kentish Plover nest" /></p>
  571. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/Kentishchick.jpg" alt="Kentish Plover Chick" title="Kentish Plover Chick" /></p>
  572. <p>Little Tern<br />
  573. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/April/littletern.jpg" alt="Little Tern" title="Little Tern" /></p>
  574. <p></center>
  575. </p>
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  578. </item>
  579. <item>
  580. <title>Time to finally nup date the page</title>
  581. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2017/03/27/time_to_finally_nup_date_the_page</link>
  582. <pubDate>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:04:23 +0000</pubDate>
  583. <category domain="main">Observation by Howard</category>
  584. <category domain="alt">Admin - Howard King</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  585. <description>The last few weeks work and pleasure have gone into overload only now do I have time to up date the site. The weather has been the winner this month regardless - to sum up its been cold wet and worse still no change in access it remains - sticky icky on the tracks.
  586.  
  587. Durian Redstart
  588.  
  589.  
  590.  
  591.  
  592.  
  593.  
  594.  
  595.  
  596.  
  597.  
  598. Black-eared Wheatear - not the best picture but interesting plumage
  599.  
  600.  
  601. Bluethroat
  602.  
  603.  
  604. Chiffchaff
  605.  
  606.  
  607.  
  608.  
  609.  
  610.  
  611. Squacco Heron
  612.  
  613.  
  614. Cattle Egret
  615.  
  616.  
  617. Coot - only a few left now
  618.  
  619.  
  620. Desert Warbler as seen in town
  621.  
  622.  
  623. Palm Dove and Masked Shrike  
  624.  
  625.  
  626.  
  627.  
  628. Houbara Bustard
  629.  
  630.  
  631.  
  632.  
  633. Hypocolius  probably the last until they return in October
  634.  
  635.  
  636.  
  637.  
  638.  
  639. Isabelline Shrike - very high  numbers this year
  640.  
  641.  
  642.  
  643.  
  644.  
  645.  
  646.  
  647.  
  648. Little Grebe
  649.  
  650.  
  651. Masked Shrike
  652.  
  653.  
  654.  
  655.  
  656.  
  657.  
  658. Northern Wheatear
  659.  
  660.  
  661.  
  662.  
  663.  
  664.  
  665.  
  666.  
  667. Pied Wheatear
  668.  
  669.  
  670.  
  671.  
  672.  
  673.  
  674.  
  675.  
  676. Pintailed Snipe identified by the facial markings
  677.  
  678.  
  679.  
  680.  
  681. Red-throated Pipit
  682.  
  683.  
  684. Stonechat
  685.  
  686.  
  687.  
  688.  
  689. Redbacked Shrike
  690.  
  691.  
  692.  
  693.  
  694. Yellow Wagtails
  695.  
  696.  
  697.  
  698.  
  699.  
  700.  
  701.  
  702.  
  703. Willow or Chiffchaff  - my vote Willow
  704.  
  705.  
  706. Saunders's Tern
  707.  
  708.  
  709.  
  710.  
  711. Rock Thrush
  712.  
  713.  
  714.  
  715.  
  716.  
  717.  
  718.  
  719.  
  720.  
  721.  
  722.  
  723.  
  724.  
  725. </description>
  726. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>The last few weeks work and pleasure have gone into overload only now do I have time to up date the site. The weather has been the winner this month regardless - to sum up its been cold wet and worse still no change in access it remains - sticky icky on the tracks.</p>
  727. <p><center><br />
  728. Durian Redstart<br />
  729. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/_EhrenbergsRedstart.jpg" alt="Durian Redstart" title="Durian Redstart" /></p>
  730. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/_EhrenbergsRedstart1.jpg" alt="Durian Redstart" title="Durian Redstart" /></p>
  731. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/EhrenbergsRedstart1.jpg" alt="Durian Redstart" title="Durian Redstart" /></p>
  732. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/EhrenbergsRedstart2.jpg" alt="Durian Redstart" title="Durian Redstart" /></p>
  733. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/EhrenbergsRedstart3.jpg" alt="Durian Redstart" title="Durian Redstart" /></p>
  734. <p>Black-eared Wheatear - not the best picture but interesting plumage<br />
  735. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/blackearedwheatear.jpg" alt="Black-eared Wheatear" title="Black-eared Wheatear" /></p>
  736. <p>Bluethroat<br />
  737. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/bluethroat.jpg" alt="Blue-throat" title="Blue-throat" /></p>
  738. <p>Chiffchaff<br />
  739. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/chiffchaff4.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  740. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/chiffchaff5.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  741. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/chiffchaff6.jpg" alt="Chiffchaff" title="Chiffchaff" /></p>
  742. <p>Squacco Heron<br />
  743. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/squaccoheron.jpg" alt="Squacco Heron" title="Squacco Heron" /></p>
  744. <p>Cattle Egret<br />
  745. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/cattleegret.jpg" alt="Cattle Egret" title="Cattle Egret" /></p>
  746. <p>Coot - only a few left now<br />
  747. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/coot.jpg" alt="Coot " title="Coot " /></p>
  748. <p>Desert Warbler as seen in town<br />
  749. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/desertwarbler.jpg" alt="Desert Warbler" title="Desert Warbler" /></p>
  750. <p>Palm Dove and Masked Shrike<br />
  751. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/doveandshrike.jpg" alt="Palm Dove and Masked Shrike " title="Palm Dove and Masked Shrike " /></p>
  752. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/doveandshrike1.jpg" alt="Palm Dove and Masked Shrike " title="Palm Dove and Masked Shrike " /></p>
  753. <p>Houbara Bustard<br />
  754. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/Houbarabustard.jpg" alt="Houbara Bustard" title="Houbara Bustard" /></p>
  755. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/Houbarabustard1.jpg" alt="Houbara Bustard" title="Houbara Bustard" /></p>
  756. <p>Hypocolius  probably the last until they return in October </p>
  757. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/hypocolius1.jpg" alt="Hypocolius " title="Hypocolius " /></p>
  758. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/hypocolius5.jpg" alt="Hypocolius " title="Hypocolius " /></p>
  759. <p>Isabelline Shrike - very high  numbers this year<br />
  760. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/isabellineshrike3.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  761. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/isabellineshrike4.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  762. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/isabellineshrike5.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  763. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/isabellineshrike6.jpg" alt="Isabelline Shrike" title="Isabelline Shrike" /></p>
  764. <p>Little Grebe<br />
  765. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/littlegrebe.jpg" alt="Little Grebe" title="Little Grebe" /></p>
  766. <p>Masked Shrike<br />
  767. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/maskedshrike.jpg" alt="Masked Shrike" title="Masked Shrike" /></p>
  768. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/maskedshrike1.jpg" alt="Masked Shrike" title="Masked Shrike" /></p>
  769. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/maskedshrike2.jpg" alt="Masked Shrike" title="Masked Shrike" /></p>
  770. <p>Northern Wheatear<br />
  771. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/northernwheatear1.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  772. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/northernwheatear2.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  773. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/northernwheatear3.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  774. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/northernwheatear4.jpg" alt="Northern Wheatear" title="Northern Wheatear" /></p>
  775. <p>Pied Wheatear<br />
  776. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/piedwheatear4.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  777. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/piedwheatear5.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  778. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/piedwheatear6.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  779. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/piedwheatear7.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /></p>
  780. <p>Pintailed Snipe identified by the facial markings<br />
  781. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/pintailsnipe.jpg" alt="Pintailed Snipe" title="Pintailed Snipe" /></p>
  782. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/pintailsnipe1.jpg" alt="Pintailed Snipe" title="Pintailed Snipe" /></p>
  783. <p>Red-throated Pipit<br />
  784. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/redthroatedpipit.jpg" alt="Red-throated Pipit" title="Red-throated Pipit" /></p>
  785. <p>Stonechat<br />
  786. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/stonechat2.jpg" alt="Stonechat" title="Stonechat" /></p>
  787. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/stonechat1.jpg" alt="Stonechat" title="Stonechat" /></p>
  788. <p>Redbacked Shrike<br />
  789. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/woodchatshrike6.jpg" alt="Redbacked Shrike" title="Redbacked Shrike" /></p>
  790. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/woodchatshrike7.jpg" alt="Redbacked Shrike" title="Redbacked Shrike" /></p>
  791. <p>Yellow Wagtails<br />
  792. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/yellowwagtail1.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtails" title="Yellow Wagtails" /></p>
  793. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/yellowwagtail2.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtails" title="Yellow Wagtails" /></p>
  794. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/yellowwagtail3.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtails" title="Yellow Wagtails" /></p>
  795. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/yellowwagtail4.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtails" title="Yellow Wagtails" /></p>
  796. <p>Willow or Chiffchaff  - my vote Willow<br />
  797. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/willow.jpg" alt="WARBLER" title="WARBLER" /></p>
  798. <p>Saunders's Tern<br />
  799. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/saundersstern.jpg" alt="Saunders's Tern" title="Saunders's Tern" /></p>
  800. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/saundersstern1.jpg" alt="Saunders's Tern" title="Saunders's Tern" /></p>
  801. <p>Rock Thrush<br />
  802. <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/rockthrush1.jpg" alt="Rock Thrush" title="Rock Thrush" /></p>
  803. <p></center>
  804. </p>
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  809. <title> The hunting technique of an Isabelline Shrike  </title>
  810. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/index.php/2017/03/26/lstrongg_the_hunting_technique_of_an_isa</link>
  811. <pubDate>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:37:11 +0000</pubDate>
  812. <category domain="main">Observation by Howard</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  813. <description>Some days you see stuff you just cant believe actually happened worse still when you tell somebody they simply say "Oh really"? But and it is a big but, occasionally an event happens right in front of your eyes. The Gods are smiling, you have the camera already, it's pointed in the right direction. CLICK CLICK - So it was this occasion Lucky well yes maybe but the thing was I was there and given the weather I could so easily have stayed in bed. The day was the 10th of March location Buri; 14 seconds and 17 frames later is all over that was need to record what follows -  
  814.  
  815.  
  816. The hunting technique of an Isabelline Shrike  
  817.  
  818.  
  819. Ornithologically speaking the event that has stirred up most interest on my twitter feed these last few weeks was my photographic capture of the attempted predation of a Northern Wheatear by a Isabelline Shrike. An attempted &#8216;kill&#8217; that only failed when the Shrike was momentarily distracted by the passage of a Marsh Harrier overhead and the Wheatear managed to escape, to wriggle free from the Shrikes clutches.
  820.  
  821.  
  822. I was zeroing in on the Northern Wheatear when the attack happened, I should point out I was still in my car as the bird was on my side of a track in a field of okra. It was, as is usual in these encounters, staying just ahead of me, moving from bush to bush as I edged forward; distance wise, always the wrong side of too far for that classic close up photograph. Persistence and patience is as always the key, the Wheatear finally dropped to the ground to feed on some bug so I angled the car across the track to get a decent shot. Camera already out the window luckily for me, just as I had focused the Shrike struck. I had at that point not noticed the presence of the Isabelline Shrike myself; on reflection I don&#8217;t think the Wheatear had either.
  823.  
  824.  
  825. The attack was incredibly fast; it came as if from nowhere. The Shrike struck from the rear landing on the Wheatears back. I just watched clicked away trying to keep the scuffling birds in focus, the car still in gear slowly angling closer by the microsecond. By the time the Wheatear had escaped and disappeared into the depths of the okra and the Shrike had moved to a distant fence line, I was left thinking &#8216;what the&#8230;&#8217; not too certain what I had just witnessed however I did have a good number of usable frames on my camera in a time frame of only 14 seconds. Which on review turned out to be excluding the also-rans, 17 clear, reasonably focused images, which were much better than I dared hoped for, given the circumstance.
  826.  
  827.  
  828.  
  829.  
  830. I only casually glanced through the images in the field too many other birds a calling to spend too long pondering what was, or what might have been. It was only when I got home and uploaded them to my big apple that the wealth of information and detail of the manner of the attempted &#8216;Kill&#8221; clearly visible on the images became apparent.
  831.  
  832.  
  833.  
  834. So how does a Shrike &#8220;Kill&#8221; or should we ask how does such a small predatory species take down another bird virtually its own size. On this occasion the key to the Shrikes&#8217; strike was the use of its feet combined with its natural speed, stealth and strength.
  835.  
  836.  
  837. To summarize &#8211; an extremely fast attack from the rear onto the victims back enabling the Shrike to grab the victim high up on both legs all in the same movement. Clamped onto the femur, the Shrike is then able to spread-eagle the legs causing the victim to collapse to the ground in an instant. With the victim pinned to the floor the Shrike is perfected placed then to attack the neck and throat as they became openly exposed as the victim instinctively turns its head to face and fend of the attacker.
  838.  
  839.  
  840. Had the Marsh Harrier not passed over I am certain the outcome would have been in favour of the Shrike and my series of snaps would have run to a few but bloody dozen more.
  841.  
  842. </description>
  843. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <p>Some days you see stuff you just cant believe actually happened worse still when you tell somebody they simply say "Oh really"? But and it is a big but, occasionally an event happens right in front of your eyes. The Gods are smiling, you have the camera already, it's pointed in the right direction. CLICK CLICK - So it was this occasion Lucky well yes maybe but the thing was I was there and given the weather I could so easily have stayed in bed. The day was the 10th of March location Buri; 14 seconds and 17 frames later is all over that was need to record what follows -<br />
  844. <center><br />
  845. <strong><br />
  846. The hunting technique of an Isabelline Shrike  </strong></p>
  847. <p>Ornithologically speaking the event that has stirred up most interest on my twitter feed these last few weeks was my photographic capture of the attempted predation of a Northern Wheatear by a Isabelline Shrike. An attempted &#8216;kill&#8217; that only failed when the Shrike was momentarily distracted by the passage of a Marsh Harrier overhead and the Wheatear managed to escape, to wriggle free from the Shrikes clutches. </p>
  848. <p> <img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/ShvWh1.jpg" alt="predatory Isabelline shrike" title="predatory Isabelline shrike" /></p>
  849. <p>I was zeroing in on the Northern Wheatear when the attack happened, I should point out I was still in my car as the bird was on my side of a track in a field of okra. It was, as is usual in these encounters, staying just ahead of me, moving from bush to bush as I edged forward; distance wise, always the wrong side of too far for that classic close up photograph. Persistence and patience is as always the key, the Wheatear finally dropped to the ground to feed on some bug so I angled the car across the track to get a decent shot. Camera already out the window luckily for me, just as I had focused the Shrike struck. I had at that point not noticed the presence of the Isabelline Shrike myself; on reflection I don&#8217;t think the Wheatear had either.</p>
  850. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/ShvWh3.jpg" alt="predatory Isabelline shrike" title="predatory Isabelline shrike" /></p>
  851. <p>The attack was incredibly fast; it came as if from nowhere. The Shrike struck from the rear landing on the Wheatears back. I just watched clicked away trying to keep the scuffling birds in focus, the car still in gear slowly angling closer by the microsecond. By the time the Wheatear had escaped and disappeared into the depths of the okra and the Shrike had moved to a distant fence line, I was left thinking &#8216;what the&#8230;&#8217; not too certain what I had just witnessed however I did have a good number of usable frames on my camera in a time frame of only 14 seconds. Which on review turned out to be excluding the also-rans, 17 clear, reasonably focused images, which were much better than I dared hoped for, given the circumstance. </p>
  852. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/ShvWh2.jpg" alt="predatory Isabelline shrike" title="predatory Isabelline shrike" /></p>
  853. <p>I only casually glanced through the images in the field too many other birds a calling to spend too long pondering what was, or what might have been. It was only when I got home and uploaded them to my big apple that the wealth of information and detail of the manner of the attempted &#8216;Kill&#8221; clearly visible on the images became apparent.</p>
  854. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/ShvWh4.jpg" alt="predatory Isabelline shrike" title="predatory Isabelline shrike" /></p>
  855. <p>So how does a Shrike &#8220;Kill&#8221; or should we ask how does such a small predatory species take down another bird virtually its own size. On this occasion the key to the Shrikes&#8217; strike was the use of its feet combined with its natural speed, stealth and strength. </p>
  856. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/ShvWh5.jpg" alt="predatory Isabelline shrike" title="predatory Isabelline shrike" /></p>
  857. <p>To summarize &#8211; an extremely fast attack from the rear onto the victims back enabling the Shrike to grab the victim high up on both legs all in the same movement. Clamped onto the femur, the Shrike is then able to spread-eagle the legs causing the victim to collapse to the ground in an instant. With the victim pinned to the floor the Shrike is perfected placed then to attack the neck and throat as they became openly exposed as the victim instinctively turns its head to face and fend of the attacker. </p>
  858. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/ShvWh6.jpg" alt="predatory Isabelline shrike" title="predatory Isabelline shrike" /></p>
  859. <p>Had the Marsh Harrier not passed over I am certain the outcome would have been in favour of the Shrike and my series of snaps would have run to a few but bloody dozen more.</p>
  860. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/obs/2017/march/ShvWh7.jpg" alt="predatory Isabelline shrike" title="predatory Isabelline shrike" /></center>
  861. </p>
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