Latest news...hopefully with photos to follow

Birding reports from from our rep in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
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Latest news...hopefully with photos to follow

Postby giles » Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:52 pm

Last week was spent in Lashkar Gah so unfortunately no chance to get down to the site, the only birds seen during my stay were Spanish Sparrows in the flower garden and a couple of collared doves around the HLS whilst waiting for the helicopter back down .

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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Photographs - Crested Lark and Bay-backed Shrike

Postby wot-no-birds » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:43 pm

The photos can now be seen in the Gallery under Afghanistan 2010.

As requested, can anyone confirm the ID for the Bay-backed Shrike?

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Shrike Identification

Postby Wandering Tattler » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:04 pm


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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Postby Lesser Spot Finder » Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:51 pm


the Shrike is a Bay-backed. Did not see on HERRICK 11 but found a few on HERRICK 6. Hope all is well in BSN and look forward to seeing more of your reports. Keep up the good work.


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