08 February 2019

A hint of Spring

Week 05; 02 February 2019 - Khiran Area

Paul Scott and I decided a different tactic today and headed south to explore the coastal area near Khiran and the impressive Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City development. Following the previous outings, we had fairly low expectations.

However, our first stop produced a few early spring Wheatear's and we enjoyed seeing Desert and Isabelline, as well as the first Pied for this year which was the only one of the three that we managed to get images of.

Male Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)

We then drove to the area where I normally find Red-tailed Wheatear and I'm pleased to say we managed to get onto one. Although this bird was not as obliging for images and always seemed to be on a rock above; nevertheless not always an easy bird to connect with

Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia)

We then explored the coastal area and struggled to find a place where we could actually access the beach. Not much other than a fly by Caspian Tern and a dead Hawksbill Turtle on the beach.

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

We checked a few other areas, but no winter or early spring migrants at all.

I did find this active and energetic Moth feeding on Nuwair and a Thistle when I photographed it - again not sure of the ID

Moth sp.

The weather is improving and with that we should start seeing the first of the spring migrants arriving

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