Neil Tovey and I headed out west to the oasis farm of Al Abraq for a look see.
After an early morning pick-up, we headed north and stopped at one of the outfalls (this is another description for dirty urban water flowing out into the Gulf) in Sulaibikhat. As nasty and smelly as they are, they do attract the birds.
A Common Redshank was seen in amongst some urban companions
|Common Redshank (Tringa totanus ) amongst numbers of Columba livia|
|Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) with Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei )|
Over the outfall, Terns were swooping down and taking large crickets off the surface that had been washed out of the sewage. A number of juvenile Gull-billed Terns
|Juvenile Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)|
|Juvenile Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)|
which are tricky to tell apart from the very similar White-cheeked Terns which do breed on the off-shore islands.
|Juvenile White-cheeked Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|
There were at least 6 Upcher's Warblers present around the farm.
|Upchers Warbler (Hippolais languida)|
|Afghan Babbler (Turdoides c. huttoni)|
|Brown Playboy (Deudorix antalus)|
|Juvenile Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)|
And just in case I would forget (not that I would) - hey Dad!
|Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis )|