Birds of Qatar

Allmänt / 2014-04-25 / 18:06:27
As if the amazing birds that I work with every day aren't enough, an afternoon stroll through the farm's alfalfa fields and date palm plantations can reveal all sorts of different treasures.
I've gotten permission from resident birder Neil Morris to use some of his pictures to give you an idea of what I see on a daily basis, as well as some of my favourite sightings so far :)
To see more of Neil's lovely pictures, visit his website:
99% of the times I see a small Passerine bird it's either a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) or a White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis). Several times I've found fledging chicks of this species sitting in a bush waiting for it's parents to bring it food or trying out it's wings (with varying result).
The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is not nearly as common as it's cousin. I usually only see it in the same two locations, leading me to believe that there are two pairs with territories there. The red feathers are just as vibrantly colored in reality as in this picture, making it a truly stunning bird!
The Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis) is one of the most invasive bird species in the world and especially in Australia it is considered a serious threat to ecosystems and biodiversity.
The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a common migrant that I've had multiple gorgeous sightings of since I got here. This is a bird that I would love to see in Sweden!
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), this species has been introduced in Qatar, just like it has in the UK for example.
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis), a few of these little (teeny tiny) guys hang out in the reeds by our waste-water pond.
 Isabelline (or Daurian) Shrike (Lanius isabellinus). These two Shrikes, that I've seen a few times each, were previously considered to be subspecies but have recently been split into two separate species.
Red-tailed (or Turkestan) Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)
Most of the Wheatears that I see here are Northern Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe) on their way home to Europe. The only other species that I've been able to ID is the Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina), in my opinion one of the most beautiful ones in it's simplicity.
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes), a true jewel, and a lot of birder's wet dream. I've only seen this species at one occasion, but at least 5 of them were moving about in the same area of trees, quite the sight!
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis). The name got me a bit confused in the beginning since the swedish translation is the name of the domesticated version of the Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), which is also very common here.
Two weeks left until I'm back home, and only three until I go on my next birding adventure! :)

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