Apr 25

Ras Al Khor - Lagoons Hide

1 comment

So I arrived in the afternoon at what looked like the peak of High Water and found Bob Davies there as the only other observer. A lone Osprey sat atop the Osprey nesting platform duly engaged in guarding and consuming a catch of Milk Fish.


Apart from the Greater Flamingoes I was able to observe a large number of Caspian Terns and especially a great number of Grey Plovers in breeding plumage.

Also present were a good number of what appeared to be Curlew Sandpipers also in colourful russet plumage although they were difficult to separate with just binoculars.


I could not find the Oyster Catchers which I had seen last week (about 16) and nor did I see any Whimbrel although I am certain they would both return to site as the tide recedes.



p.s. Note to Bob. Just as you left, a second Osprey tried to land on the platform and was quickly despatched. I missed the action unfortunately! I was looking at the Hole in the ground. I grabbed some quick flight shots but my Shutter Speed and Iso were too low. I just wasn't prepared.


Osprey(Pandion heliaetus) Raas Al Khor Lagoons Hide. 24.04.2019


Apr 25Edited: Apr 26

Sorry to have missed it Howard and commiserations on not getting the shot you wanted but the head of the bird is perfect so is the missing head of the fish. It was on the platform again today consuming another fish, and I saw 2 other Ospreys both with fish at other nearby locations. Saw nothing else of real note though. Very quiet.




New Posts
  • After seeing so many Hume's, this bird was spotted this morning by my daughter Sarah. I had her on the lookout for a Hooded Wheatear as we drove through the wadi! It was hopping on and off the wall at the side of the road through the village. By now others have also seen it, so hopefully there should be a few more photos soon. Regards, Steve
  • I got a couple shots of this little guy below but I'm having a hard time identifying. Seems like a warbler of some kind. Seen flitting in the branches of acacia bushes picking small insects from the leaves. Photos don't quite show what seemed to be a fairly distinct bar across the eye. Thanks in advance for helping!
  • Had a fruitful Friday morning in RAK. Garganey - 20 Little Grebe - 4 Eurasian Collared-Dove - 6 Laughing Dove - 4 Namaqua Dove - 3 Pallid Swift - 10 Moorhen - 1 Black-winged Stilt - 10 Common Ringed Plover - 4 Whimbrel - 2 Little Stint - 2 Common Greenshank - 2 Wood Sandpiper - 1 Slender-billed Gull - 1 Grey Heron - 1 Purple Heron - 1 Cattle Egret - 4 Indian Pond-Heron - 1 Shikra - 1 Eurasian Hoopoe - 2 Common Kingfisher - 3 Green Bee-eater (Arabian) - 6 European Roller - 1 Indian Roller - 10 Clamorous Reed Warbler - 1 Pale Crag-Martin - 2 Barn Swallow - 2 White-eared Bulbul - 2 Common Myna - 2 Purple Sunbird - 4 Yellow-throated Sparrow - 2 White wagtail - 4

© 2018 Tommy Pedersen
Created with Wix.com