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|Thursday 25th November 2010, 13:34||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Maldives Dhigurah Island 23rd November 2010
I took a walk around Dhigurah Island in the Maldives on Tuesday, starting out from the Diva hotel. The Maldives are of course famously unbirdy so I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. First off, as I waded across the gaps in the sandbank between the Diva hotel island and Dhigurah was a nice collection of waders - two curlew, two grey plover, a kentish plover and several lesser sand-plover.
On arriving at Dhigurah I was amazed to see a blue-tailed bee-eater. Apparently these are starting to be seen in the Maldives around November - http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/?p...tails&id=19607 so it wasn't as unusual as I imagined at the time.
Then, walking along the west side of the island, a tern, which looked to be a roseate tern (It was a bit distant, but I noticed how it had a very active flight and strong contrast on the upperwing. I'm embarrassed to admit I've never seen one before).
And finally, to my further amazement, a falcon. I saw it fly over a couple of times. It was essentially grey, although I was able to make out a small amount of white on the face. It had noticeably long wings, and I can only think that it was a sooty falcon, although as far as I've been able to ascertain, this has never been recorded in the Maldives previously. The light was good enough that I think I would easily have been able to tell from underneath if it had been a hobby or peregrine. No photo I'm afraid.
Also, from the seaplane flying back to Male yesterday I noticed about a dozen birds beneath us over a reef which appeared to be pure white - white terns?
Here's a full list from the Maldives. It's less than half the length of my list from the central Sahara three years ago sadly.
Lesser Sand Plover
Common White Tern?
|Saturday 22nd December 2012, 17:57||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Perhaps the falcon might have been an Amur Falcon although I didn't notice the white underparts, just grey. Interesting speech here about how they follow migrating dragonflies http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_and...ss_oceans.html
|Sunday 23rd December 2012, 08:08||#3|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Hong Kong
Agree that Amur Falcon is the most likely given its migration route
Hong Kong: Glossy Ibis, Western Yellow Wagtail, Wood Warbler (475)
Greater China: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, European Golden Plover, Glossy Ibis (973)
Lifer: Many-Coloured Rush Tyrant, Diademed Sandpiper Plover
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