29 May 2018

Gulf Road Birding

Week 18; 03 May 2017 - Gulf Road and Sharq Harbour

As spring Pipits and Wagtails are prevalent on the way to work, I will continue to keep my camera in the car.

Red-throated Pipit's are quite numerous

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

And today, I thunbergi Yellow Wagtails was the predominant Wagtail

Grey-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. thunbergi)

And the first of the Spotted Flycatchers

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
At Sharq Harbour there were Pallid Swift's overhead - this one with an absolutely bulging crop

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)

And along the harbour Little Terns were actively foraging.

Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)

along with a few Sandwich Terns - this one with a deformed bill

Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)

Imagine my surprise when another rufous form Common Cuckoo came flying up the coast, almost under the radar of the Little Terns - I was pretty chuffed

Rufous form Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

There are a lot of feral Cat's around the harbour - this one looked like a character from Phantom of the Opera

Feral Cat

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