A very brief round up for the UAE, as I was in Kenya for most of this month.
The morning was spent at the very hot and sweaty Fujairah National Dairy Farm: an early Common Swift; 80 Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters; a Lesser Grey; 2 Turkestan and a Woodchat Shrike, together with 6 Rose-coloured Starlings were the pick of the early returning migrants.
Woodchat Shrikes are quite rare in the
autumn in the UAE.
Is it because they come through early
& observers are away in the summer?
A young Rose coloured Starling
An offshore trip on 10th off Kalba, was amazing for both the numbers and variety of species recorded. A really good day out.
Many Persian Shearwaters were in heavy moult
& really scruffy looking!
A nearly bald one!
17 Brown Noddy (including some recently fledged young birds); 3,500 Bridled Terns; 3 Sooty Terns and 25 early returning Red-necked Phalaropes.
Adult Brown Noddy.
A recently fledged Sooty Tern.