16/09/2008 at Abraq Al Habari

Ramadan timings with reduced working hours is very much welcomed by expat birders. Just “slightly” pushing limits one can visit place like Al Abraq in early morning.

Black Kite 6, Common Buzzard 7, Long-legged Buzzard 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Booted Eagle 1, Pallid Harrier 1, Squacco Heron 1, Quail 1, Corncrake 1, Scops Owl 1, Hoopoe 8, Laughing Dove 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Golden Oriole 1, Spotted Flycatcher 5, Whitethroat 2, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Menetries’s Warbler 1, Barred Warbler 1, Garden Warbler 7, Olivaceus Warbler 2, Willow Warbler 2, Thrush Nightingale 1, Yellow Wagtail 20, Tree Pipit 1, Black-eared Wheatear 3, Isabelline Wheatear 1, Redstart 1, Short-toed Lark 60, Common Rosefinch 1, Ortolan Bunting 1, Black-headed Bunting 6.

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Black-eared Kite Milvus (migrans) lineatus حِدَأَةٌ سَفْعَاءُ

Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo ssp. vulpinus) “Steppe Buzzard”

Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus عُقَيِّبٌ سَهْبِيَّةٌ

Booted Eagle (Hieraetus pennatus) Pale morph.

Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus عُقَابٌ مُسَيَّرَةٌ

Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus ssp. samamisicus)

Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus حُمَيْرَاءٌ شَائِعَةٌ

Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)

1 Response

  1. Peter Kennerley says:

    Their are some superb images on this blog, which the editors of the monthly journal BRITISH BIRDS would like to use in this publication.

    BRITISH BIRDS will shortly publish a short paper on samamisicus Common Redstart and I see that there is an excellent image of this race on your blog from September 2008, which we would like to consider for publication you are willing to allow this.

    Could you let me know who the photographer was for this and let me have their contact details, or pass this request onto them.

    My email address is peterkennerley@onetel.net

    Thank you.

    Best wishes

    Peter Kennerley
    Assistant editor, British Birds