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Steve Taylor
Oct 03, 2021
In Identification problems
I saw this Cattle Egret at Al Zorah Golf Club on Thursday 30 September 2021 and wondered whether this could be coromandus (Eastern) nearing the end of its breeding plumage. The apparent longish bill and head could also suggest this? I would welcome any thoughts. Kind Regards, Steve
Could this bird be Eastern Cattle Egret? content media
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Steve Taylor
May 08, 2020
Death's-head Hawk-moth in Al Goaz, Sharjah - Friday 8 May 2020 content media
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Steve Taylor
Feb 16, 2020
In UAE Odonata
I came across this male Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas misippus) at Wamm Farms.
Danaid Eggfly - Wamm Farms - Saturday 15 February 2020 content media
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Steve Taylor
Feb 09, 2020
In Identification problems
I would welcome any advice on the identification of this warbler, seen when the fog cleared at Al Rafa'a (just along the coast from Dreamland in Umm Al Quwain) on Saturday morning. Visually it was a small, distinctly grey bird with whitish underparts, long-tailed, short-winged and quite flighty; settling only for seconds and then off to the next bush. I didn't see any obvious pattern of tail movements and it was silent as it moved around. I had heard 'tchk' calls close-by earlier but assumed this was a Lesser Whitethroat seen earlier, and couldn't certainly attribute tha call to this bird.
Warbler at Al Rafa'a, UAQ on Saturday 8 February 2020 content media
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Steve Taylor
Jan 13, 2020
In Identification problems
I would welcome confirmation of ID for the following pipits seen in a mixed pipit/wagtail flock of over 50 birds on Saturday afternoon: Bird 1 - Water Pipit Bird 2 = Water Pipit Bird 3 - Red-throated Pipit Many Thanks, Steve
Yet more Pipits at Hamriyah/E11 Interchange, Sharjah - 11 January 2020 content media
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Steve Taylor
Dec 15, 2019
In Identification problems
Initially I thought this was a Water Pipit but I couldn't reconcile the red/orange legs. Could this be Buff-bellied? I would welcome your thoughts. Steve
Pipit at Jebel Dhanna Hotel - Friday 13 December 2019
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Steve Taylor
Nov 17, 2019
In Identification problems
I do apologise - I know this is not the UAE, but it is very close! I would be grateful if someone could identify this bird I saw in the acacia forest at Sall Ala near Khasab on Saturday. Both photos are of the same bird - the second one was in shadow. Many thanks, Steve
Wheatear/Flycatcher ID - Sall Ala, Musandam - 15 November 2019 content media
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Steve Taylor
Nov 09, 2019
In UAE bird sightings
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
White-crowned Wheatear - Al Jaroof Village, Wadi Sidr, Fujairah - Saturday 9 November 2019 content media
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Steve Taylor
Nov 02, 2019
In Identification problems
Its that time of year again when the pipits are her - I always struggle with them. The majority seen here this morning were clearly Red-throated and a couple of Tawny, but I would be grateful for advice on the following: Bird 1 Bird 2 Bird 2 Bird 3 Bird 4 Bird 5 Bird 5 Bird 6 Bird 7 Bird 7 Bird 8 Many thanks Steve
Pipits at Hamraniyah Carpet Grass Field - Saturday 2 November 2019 content media
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Steve Taylor
Aug 31, 2019
In UAE - general birding
I've been visiting Ajman Wastewater Treatment Plant over the last 6 years and this year (ie the last 12 months) surpasses all previous years in variety and quantity of birds. Over this time the reed beds in particular have matured and the weaver population has thrived. To my knowledge there has always been a small, strong resident population of Streaked Weavers here and in, or before, May 2018 this was joined by a small group of Baya Weavers. Again, at the beginning of April this year (2019) the Baya Weavers returned in force and with the Streaked Weavers, were active nest builders for the next 3 months. Maximum counts (seen) were 40 Streaked and 16 Baya, although I would consider these numbers conservative. Baya Weavers, of course, are presently considered as of escape origin, but it will be interesting to see if this population can become self-sustaining over the next few years. In any case, I have had great fun watching them. I've seen many first (for me) at this site in the last 12 months including Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Indian Pond Heron, Shikra, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Osprey, Jack Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Great Cormorant (3 have stayed through the summer), Black-eared Kite, Common Nightingale and, of course, Mark's Pheasant-tailed Jacana. I have seen a few 'escapes' here in the last 12 months (water attracts) including 3 Black Swan, a Fulvous Whistling Duck, a Yellow-crowned Bishop and a Red-billed Quelea (which joined the weavers one day). The duck and wader populations continued to thrive with good numbers in the last 12 months and I am already looking forward to their return in the next few weeks with great anticipation. This is a place where I believe anything can turn up and maybe the next 12 months will be even better...…...
Ajman WWTP - The Year of the Weavers content media
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Steve Taylor
Aug 17, 2019
In Worldwide birding stories
Can anyone identify this bird, seen on the edge of the river 5 days ago in Truso Valley in northern Georgia? There were quite a few water pipits along this stretch of the river, but this appears to be more lark-like (eyes) but there are not many larks with a long bill. I couldn't see any obvious crest. Thanks, Steve
Lark (?) in Georgia - ID content media
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Steve Taylor
Aug 06, 2019
In Identification problems
Please could you identify this large wader seen at Al Zorah, Ajman this evening at 6:10pm.
Large Wader at Al Zorah - Tuesday 6 August 2019 content media
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Steve Taylor
Aug 03, 2019
In Identification problems
I'm just checking whether this is a Little Stint and not possibly a Red-necked Stint (I should have made sure I got better photos!) Thanks, Steve
Stint at Hamraniyah Carpet Grass Field - 3 August 2019 content media
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Steve Taylor
Jul 06, 2019
In Identification problems
Please let me have your thoughts on whether this juvenile gull is Common Black-headed or Slender-billed. Many thanks, Steve
Gull ID - Ajman WWTP on Saturday 22 June 2019 content media
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Steve Taylor
May 16, 2019
In Identification problems
The low setting sun was playing tricks with the light and the colours on this flycatcher. Please can you confirm whether this is a Spotted or not. The apparent white sides to the tail base may point to Red-breasted. I would welcome any thoughts. Thanks, Steve
Flycatcher at Banyan Fodder Field, RAK - Thurs 16 May 2019 content media
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Steve Taylor
Apr 30, 2019
In Identification problems
This sparrow was perched with a couple of House Sparrows and a male Yellow-throated Sparrow. My first thoughts were that this is a female Yellow-throated but I have been unable to find any similar images. Any advice welcome. Thanks, Steve
Masafi Wadi - 27 April 2019 - Sparrow ID content media
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Steve Taylor
Feb 09, 2019
In Identification problems
I would welcome any thoughts on the ID of this wheatear. It was close to two Desert Wheatears but had the appearance of being larger and stockier. It tended to stay close to the ground and perched on rocks and a timber stump: Thanks, Steve
Wheatear ID - Zakher Lake - Friday 8 February 2019 content media
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Steve Taylor
Jan 19, 2019
In Worldwide birding stories
My wife (Julie) and I had a wonderful trip up the west coast of South Africa at the end of September last year with the flowers in full bloom. We started with a couple of day in Tulbagh and then drove up into the Cederberg mountains and then back down the west coast over a 2 week period, including stops at the Biedouw Valley, Lamberts Bay, Elands Bay, Neuiwoudsville, Veldrif and Langebaan. This was a holiday but of course there was a lot of opportunity for incidental birding. Even armed with my SASOL Birds of SA 3rd Edition, though, there were quite a few that I have failed to identify. I have included them below and I would welcome any thoughts from SA Bird experts (apologies that some of the images are not great!): There were many more that I did identify (honestly!). As a starter, I think Bird 13 is a Stark's Lark. I would welcome any thoughts on IDs. Thanks, Steve
West Coast South Africa 22 Sept to 4 Oct 2018 content media
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