07/10/2009 at Jahra Pool Reserve (JPR)

An early morning to JPR turned out to be well-worthwhile, and I started off by photographing the Red-necked Phalaropes that have been around for a while now. This time, they came very close to where I was sitting. The highlight of the morning came whilst I was watching two Water Rails chasing each other around …

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05/08/2009 at Kebd

Highlight at KISR-Kebd was a juvenile Temminck’s Lark at the small pool. The bird was showing the typical cooling behaviour, as described by myself for other larks in a recent edition of Sandgrouse (31(1): 6-14.). Exactly 2 years ago, an adult bird was seen at the pool, so it seems as if birds disperse from …

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May 2009 in Kebd and at KISR Shuwaikh

As noted earlier (20.04.2009), two successive dry seasons seem to have led to the disappearance of Dunn’s Lark from Kebd, although a few pairs may still persist in the far north of the area. Black-crowned Sparrow-lark breeding pairs are also substantially down compared to previous years, but with about 10 – 20 pairs, not as …

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20/04/2009 at Kebd

After a long absence, I’m back again with a brief report of a trip to Kebd. Unfortunately, the dry season seems to have led to the disappearance of Dunn’s Lark from the area, as I have seen none for several months now. Black-crowned Sparrow-lark numbers have also collapsed. Today, only two males were around, but …

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29/12/2008 at Kebd

  A final trip to Kebd during 2008 was not very productive. The Black-crowned Sparrow-larks, very much in evidence just a few weeks earlier, had all vanished, no doubt foraging in other parts of the area than usual. Several wheatears (mainly Isabelline, one Desert) were around, and good views a single Dunn’s Lark were obtained. …

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July 6th 2008 at Kebd

My first visit to Kebd for a long while yielded an interesting sighting of a Dunn’s Lark at our small pool. Although Black-crowned Sparrow-larks are regularly present there in the summer months, I’ve only seen Dunn’s Lark there once over the past 1.5 years. After taking a quick drink, it flew off – I relocated …

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09/05/2008 at Al-Abraq

Several of us (Brian, Rick, Pekka (non-stop from Cyprus to Al-Abraq!), Ina and myself) enjoyed a trip to Al-Abraq, which was full of migrants. Thankfully, there was only little shooting, but the hunters were using bee-eaters and martins as target practice. Shrikes were having a field day catching exhausted migrants, and one impaled bird turned …

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Week 04/05 – 08/05/2008 at KISR, Shuwaikh

The lawns at KISR have become a little quieter over the past 2 weeks, but still have an interesting variety of birds. During the past two weeks, there has been a large influx of Red-backed Shrikes, but wheatears have now all departed, apart from the odd straggler. The following species were recorded during the week …

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