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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wamm Dairy Farms - Fujairah, UAE 09.04.11

Thought I would just post a small blog on my visit to Fujairah last Saturday.  Access has now been given to the Farms once again , first time since last September.  So as there had been reports of a large number of Lesser Kestrels passing through with numbers as high as 28 I thought I would give it a shot. 
Before entering the farms I had a run around the Goat Farm nearby where there is scrub and Acacia.  3 Upcher's Warbler were found with one staying paticularly faithful to one tree allowing very good views.  Also seen were a number of Isabelline Wheatear, Turkestan Shrike and Southern Grey Shrike. So now it was over  to the Farm entrance.

With the formalities completed I started to wander the fields with my mate Mark,  it was hot but there was a nice breeze to keep us relatively cool,  but this will only get worse as the summer gets closer.   I almost stepped on a Quail (my first) which decided the better option was to fly away as quickly as possible.   A number of Richard's pipits were also flushed and subsequently scrutinised for Blythe's charateristics.   Many Indian Rollers frequent the standpipes in the fields and numbers always go well into double figures.  I was pleased to see that there still remained at least 5 Lesser Kestrels , 3 males and 2 femals.  The Females proved extremely approchable,  this could not be said for the males who took to the air before I could ever get close to them.  Still we got plenty of time to watch the birds as they hunted and interacted with each other.  Even watching them eat their catches on the wing !   I really enjoyed the experience of sharing an afternoon with these birds especially one female who was happy to allow me come as close as 3 metres,  allowing me a full frame (portrait) using my 500mm,  not something that happens very often !

Birds seen :


Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix) 1
Little Egret  (Egretta garzetta ) 2
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis) 30
Eurasian Marsh Harrier  (Circus aeruginosus) 1
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) 1
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) 5
Eurasian Kestrel ] (Falco tinnunculus]) 1
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago) 1
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse  (Pterocles exustus) 8
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 15
European Bee-Eater (Merops apiaster) 5
Indian Roller  (Coracias benghalensis) 20
Turkestan Shrike (Lanius isabellinus phoenicuroides) 8
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus isabellinus) 1
Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis) 3
Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida) 3
Common Grasshopper Warbler  (Locustella naevia) 1
Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi) 3







 Isabelline Wheatear
(Oenanthe isabellina)
 Upcher's Warbler
(Hippolais languida)
 Upcher's Warbler
(Hippolais languida)
 Upcher's Warbler
(Hippolais languida)
 Lesser Kestrel
(Falco naumanni)
 Lesser Kestrel
(Falco naumanni)
 Lesser Kestrel
(Falco naumanni)

Turkestan Shrike
(Lanius isabellinus phoenicuroides)
  Lesser Kestrel
(Falco naumanni)
 Lesser Kestrel
(Falco naumanni)


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