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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Menetrie's in Ajban 19.02.11

There is a place between Dubai and Abu Dhabi called Ajban. In Ajban there are a number of farms which have a lot of water run-off I believe. This has resulted in small lakes that have now become home to several species of bird. I decided to spend the day there last Saturday in the search for good Desert Wheatear pictures and anything else of interest. I had only been there a few minutes when I encountered two Menetries's Warblers. Now I have seen these birds before but not had great opportunities for Photographs, fortunately that was about to change :

Bird sightings included :
Menetries's Warbler 2
Asian Desert Warbler 5
Desert Wheatear 4
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Turkestan Shrike 1
Daurian Shrike 1 (Now split from Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus))
Ruff 15
Little Egret 2
Western Reef Heron 1
Cattle Egret 12
Clamourous Reed Warbler 1 (several more heard)
Little Ringed Plover 1
Kentish Plover 2
Little Stint 2
Black Winged Stilt 10
Green Bee-Eater 6
Barn Swallow 4
House Martin 1
Pallid Swift 100



 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)

 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)
 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)
 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)
 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)
 Menetries's Warbler (Sylvia mystacea)

 Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)
 Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)

 Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana)
Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis)
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)
Now split from Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)






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