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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Images uploaded from my wonderful trip to Norway and Finland in March

Managed to find some time to process some more images from my trip. Couple of examples here but more loaded in my Pbase. 
 
Pine Grosbeak
Siberian Jay
Steller's Eider

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Al Zora Shoreline and Mangrove 8.4.10

Ventured over to Al Zora in Ajman on Saturday.  I had never visited this area before, my good friend Ahmed showed me the location.  We had gone to try to get some shots of Lesser Crested Tern and Sandwich Tern which had appeared in some numbers.  Fortunately our early morning visit concided with the fishermen bringing in their nets....it was very comical watching the Socotra Cormorants being brave enough to steal fish from the guys despite the best efforts of the fishermen to scare them away !  Some pics attached but as always full catalog of images in my Pbase account.  Nice views of several Yellow-Spotted Agamas were achieved near the mangrove area.




Socotra Cormorant




Sandwich Tern


Lesser Crested Tern


Socotra Cormorant
Sooty Gull

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wadi Bih 1.5.10

Went for a drive to the Hajar Mountains near Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE.  Went to find Trumpeter Finch, Ortolan Bunting and most importantly Chukar.  Managed to find a water pool with frequent visits from the Finch and Buntings along with nice Striolated Bunting.  Then on one of the mountain sides I heard the call of the Chukar,  this was followed by a scramble up the mountain side with the 500mm slung over my shoulder !

All the pics can be found under the UAE section of my Pbase account.




Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hatta 30.4.10

Nice trip out to Hatta Fort, bit of R&R with the family. Took the Camera "just in case". Actually I knew that the normally shy Spectacled Bulbul (Yellow Vented Bulbul) were quite common there and friendly as they seem to integrate with Humans more at the Hotel. Only had the 100-400mm with me but did ok as they were quite approachable !  Some pics attached,  but more comprehensive album to be found in my Gallery.


Using my Dad as the "beater" , managed some nice Indian Roller action too.