Sunday, 25 April 2010

Upcher's Warblers

Ok, went over to Al Ain on Friday to see if I could locate some of the Upcher's Warblers reported there. Success ! Some pics attached. Also seen were Common Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and a lovely male Rock Thrush. Would have loved to stay a little longer but had to make the hour and half dash back for the Dubai St Georges Society Ball with the band of the Royal Marines - Great night !

Common Whitethroat

Upcher's Warbler

Upcher's Warbler

Upcher's Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher

Common Whitethroat

Rock Thrush

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Collared Pratincoles 16.4.10

Went over to the Dubai Pivot fields Friday afternoon, not much about but a couple of Collared Pratincoles were obliging.  A Brown Shrike made a brief appearance, would have preferred more more time with it !
 A few Cattle Egret in breeding plumage seem to be appearing now too. contains my Gallery

Migration has been pretty poor this spring on the whole.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Pictures from Norway leg added

Now uploaded some of my pics from Norway in March.
They can all be seen at

Here I have included Long-Tailed Duck, Steller's Eider, Kittiwake, Shag, Great Tit, Razorbill, Guillemot, Brunnich's Guillemot.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Didn't fancy travelling too far this morning so decided to go to Mamzar Park (between Dubai and Sharjah) with my friend Ahmed Al Ali. Temperatures around 35c took their toll and went home at lunchtime. Migrants have been few this year but I did manage to get some shots of a Common Redstart and a male White-Throated Robin, only seen females before ! A Reed Warbler and Ménétrie’s warbler (my first) were also seen but only poor photos - they weren't too keen to show themselves.  First Arabian Babbler I had seen in the park too.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Finally some pics from Finland and Norway

Managed to find some time at last to add some pics from my trip to Finland and Norway - check out

Added pics of Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Hmm,  the less said about Mike Dean this morning the better !
Let's leave it there shall we.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Staked out a Barn Owl site last night near Abu Dhabi, didn't get any real good photos but did see 3 Barn Owls between 9pm and 11pm, so mission accomplished !