03 January 2012

Bahrain - Daurian Shrike at Alba Marshes

Last month we caught a Daurian Shrike in Alba Marshes which I forgot to post. When we arrived at the site we saw the bird sitting in a small Tamarisk Tree and saw it a couple of time s flying around as we set up the nests. It was caught in a mist net near to a dragonfly so may have been chasing the insect and ended up in the net. I ringed the bird and this is the third one I have seen in the hand having ringed on at Durrat Al Bahrain and seeing another one (a re-trap) at Al Ali Farm. They are really excellent birds to see in the hand with this one being a juvenile, but are really feisty and not so easy to take out of the net or ring.