I have been a bit slack in keeping my Blog updated, so a bit of a belated post from September
I was down in the south of the country at the Sea City development near Khiran.
I spent time on the lagoon waterways and exploring some of the redeveloped habitat; not many shorebirds along the beaches, but that was probably due to the increased pedestrian traffic on the beaches.
However, I did get onto a few of the larger shorebirds when a flock of 8 Black-crowned Night Herons dropped in. This was the first time I had seen this species in the south.
|Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)|
|Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)|
|Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)|
A few Western Yellow Wagtails
|Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flava), probably beema|
|Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla)|
|Female Caspian Stonechat (Saxicola m. hemprichii)|
|Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)|
|Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) with a snack|
|Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)|
On my way home from the south, I recorded a Northern Wheatear in the shade of a tree on Road 278.
|Male Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)|