22 Aug 2015

First real signs of passage – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Migrants are now starting to pass through in small numbers with a few passerines seen as well as an ever-increasing number of waders. Migrants seen recently include Eurasian Hoopoes in reasonable numbers, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Black-headed Yellow Wagtail, Barn Swallows in small numbers and Egyptian Nightjars. Very large numbers of Squacco Herons were seen including many juveniles, but these are difficult to decide if they are migrants or birds bred at the location, however, positive proof of breeding has never been found. Other herons seen included Little Bittern, Grey Heron, Indian Reef Heron and Little Egrets. Very few other birds were seen although a few of the breeding warblers were showing including Caspian Reed Warbler, Indian (Clamorous) Reed Warblers and Graceful Prinias. Large numbers of both Greater Flamingos and Greater Cormorants were seen on the wet sabkhat areas, early dates for both species. The newly split Grey-headed Swamphen was ever present with a few reasonably well grown young also see showing breeding has again taken place at the site.
Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Hoopoe
White-cheeked Tern
White-cheeked Tern
Egyptian Nightjar
Egyptian Nightjar

2 comments:

  1. Hi Sir,

    Amazing work... I caught him from Dhahran

    https://500px.com/photo/119715525/hoopoe-by-vinukmathew

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    1. Vinu

      Thanks. There are plenty about at the moment and some are easily approachable

      Jem

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