Once back in bastion I was eager to get down to the site after my week away, so I donned my trainers and ran down yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately the wind was picking up and as a consequence the air was full of sand and dust which didn’t make for good bird watching. Did manage to get views of Citrine wagtails and crested larks before I called it a day and battled against the wind back to the accommodation.
Not to be deterred I decided that an early start this morning may produce some better results. So armed with a friends camera and my pocket binoculars (kindly sent out by my wife Helen last week) I set off down to the site again. There’s certainly a better chance of seeing birds earlier in the day before it gets to warm. In the main reeds plenty of whitethroats and booted warblers, still the calls of a great reed warbler but still no show even after trying to phish it out (I think that’s the term). Plenty of Pied bushchat and green sandpiper. Managed to snap a photo of a crested lark and the back of what I think is a bay-backed shrike (can anybody confirm from the photo (sorry about the quality but it was a distance away if so, it is a first for me). The photos are hopefully being loaded up to the gallery page by Andy as I can’t seem to load them from out here. I’m hopefully trying to get my hands on a recce camera so all being well some more photos to follow....
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I am sure Richard will clinch this for you but I am not aware of a white wing patch on Red-backed and therefore think you have a Bay-Backed Shrike, which definitely does.
All the best,
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