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A photographic gallery of 'firsts' for Qatar

Moustached Warbler
Photograph © Sultan Al Aseeri 2015

(Above) Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon)
The first record for Qatar, at Al Riffa on 08 December 2015.

Common Chaffinch
Photograph © Jonathan Nigel Hardacre 2015

(Above) Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
The first record for Qatar, at Irkayya Farm on 05 December 2015.

Common Linnet
Photograph © Sultan Al Aseeri 2015

(Above) Common Linnet (Linaria cannabina)
The first record for Qatar, at Al Riffa on 18 November 2015.

Buff-bellied Pipit
Photograph © David Sanders 2014

(Above) 'Siberian' Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus (rubescens) japonicus)
The first record for Qatar, at Al Shamal Park on 25 December 2014.

Brambling
Photograph © Jonathan Nigel Hardacre 2014

(Above) Brambling (Fingilla montifringilla)
The first record for Qatar, at MIA Park on 06 December 2014.

Crested Honey Buzzard
Photograph © Neil G Morris 2014

(Above) Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus)
The first record for Qatar, at Al Shamal Park on 12 May 2014.

Siberian Chiffchaff
Photograph © Neil G Morris 2014

(Above) Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus (collybita0 tristis)
The first record for Qatar, at Irkayya Farm on 17 March 2014.

Intermediate Egret
Photograph © Neil G Morris 2014

(Above) Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia)
The first record for Qatar, at Abu Nahkla on 22 January 2014.

Arctic Skua
Photograph © Neil G Morris 2013

(Above) Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
The first documented record for Qatar, along the Simaismah coast on 05 March 2013.

(North) Caspian Stonechat
Photograph © Neil G Morris 2013

(Above) (North) Caspian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus variegatus)
A sub-species of Eastern Stonechat first recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 19 February 2013.

Small Pratincole
Photograph Neil G Morris 2013

(Above) Small Pratincole (Glareolus lactea)
First recorded in Qatar at Al Kharaana Lagoons on 25 January 2013.

Little Gull
Photograph Neil G Morris 2013

(Above) Second calendar year Little Gull (Hydrocoleus minutus)
First recorded in Qatar at Al Ruwais Port on 11 January 2013.

Long-tailed Shrike
Photograph Neil G Morris 2013

(Above) Male Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
First recorded in Qatar at Al Shamal Park on 11 January 2013.

Long-tailed Shrike
Photograph Neil G Morris 2012

(Above) Male South (Byzantine) Stonechat (Saxicola maurus armenicus (variegatus))
A sub-species of Eastern Stonechat first recorded in Qatar at Sailiyah West Sewage Ponds on 11 November 2012.

Baillon's Crake
Photograph Neil G Morris 2012

(Above) Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla)
First recorded in Qatar near Sailiyah on 04 November 2012.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Neil G Morris 2012

(Above) Juvenile Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 25 September 2012.

Grey-headed Swamphen
Photograph © Neil G Morris 2012

(Above) Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio [porphyrio] poliocephalus)
First recorded in Qatar in Sheraton Park (Al Corniche) on 05 September 2012.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Sultan Al Aseeri 2012

(Above) Male Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
First recorded in Qatar at Umm Jolaq Farm on 20 April 2012.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Jamie Buchan 2012

(Above) White-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia (svecica) cyanecula)
First recorded in Qatar west of Al Kharrarah on 09 March 2012.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Ahmad Ammar Kazal 2011

(Above) Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 31 December 2011.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Jamie Buchan 2011

(Above) Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculata)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 25 November 2011.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Sameh Odeh 2011

(Above) Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 23 November 2011.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Sameh Odeh 2011

(Above) Juvenile Eurasian Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 19 November 2011.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Sameh Odeh 2011

(Above) Juvenile Pied Cuckoo (Oxylophus jacobinus)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 18 November 2011.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Eric Tull and Brooke Clibbon 2011

(Above) Male Kurdish Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 14 January 2011.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Sameh Odeh 2010

(Above) First-winter male Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 29 November 2010.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Sameh Odeh 2010

(Above) Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 21 November 2010.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Jamie Buchan 2010

(Above) Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmanni)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 18 November 2010.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Jamie Buchan 2010

(Above) First-winter Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)
First recorded in Qatar at Traina Farm on 16 November 2010.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Gavin Farnell 2010

(Above) Male Cretzschmar's Bunting (Emberiza caesia)
First recorded in Qatar at Sealine Beach Resort on 19 March 2010.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Dileep Kumar 2010

(Above) Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus indicus)
First documented in Qatar on the coast between Simaisma and Al Khor on 18 December 2009. (Image above taken in 2010.)

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Gavin Farnell 2009

(Above) Adult male Amur Falcon (Falco [vespertinus] amurensis)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 04 December 2009.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Gavin Farnell 2009

(Above) Juvenile Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 04 December 2009.

This bird shows features of the subspecies A. g. buteoides and its proportions suggest it might be a male (size of head and feet in relation to body etc.) (Dick Forsman pers. comm.)

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Dileep Kumar 2009

(Above) Juvenile Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes)
First recorded in Qatar west of Al Kharrarah on 30 October 2009.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Michael J Grunwell 2009

(Above) Juvenile European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)
First recorded in Qatar at Al Khor aerodrome on 10 October 2009.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Michael Chalmers 2008

(Above) Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)
First recorded in Qatar at Ras Al Allaq on 12 December 2008.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Sameh Odeh 2008

(Above) Pied Stonechat (Saxicola caprata)
First recorded in Qatar at Al Ruwais harbour on 27 November 2008.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Peter Nebel 2008

(Above) Striolated Bunting (Emberiza striolata)
First recorded in Qatar at Sailiya (west) sewage treatment plant run-off area on 14 September 2008.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Peter Nebel 2008

(Above) Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
First recorded in Qatar at Sailiya (west) sewage treatment plant run-off area on 09 September 2008.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Michael J Grunwell 2008

(Above) Marsh Warbler (Elanus caeruleus)
First recorded in Qatar at Al Ruwais on 08 May 2008.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Michael J Grunwell 2007

(Above) Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus)
First recorded in Qatar on the Al Khor coast on 01 December 2007.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Michael J Grunwell 2007

(Above) First-winter Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons albifrons)
First recorded in Qatar at Irkayya Farm on 16 November 2007.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Simon Aspinall 2007

(Above) Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)
First recorded in Qatar west of Al Kharrarah on 28 March 2007.

Bonelli's Eagle
Photographs John Thompson, Gavin Farnell 2009

(Above) Juvenile Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
First recorded in Qatar at Dukhan sewage works on 18 March 2007. (The juvenile featured above was photographed on 30 October 2009. It was the eldest of three eaglets, ringed and tagged (yellow oval tag marked E24) on 28 July 2009 in Naurzum Nature Reserve, Kostanay, Kazakhstan.)

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph Michael J Grunwell 2010

(Above) Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)
First recorded in Qatar in Doha on 22 April 1986. (Photograph above taken in 2010.)

Bonelli's Eagle
Photograph © Jamie Buchan 2008

(Above) Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata)
First recorded in Qatar at Al Wakra on 13 May 1984. (Photograph above taken in 2008.)

 

If you have photographed the first occurence of a species of wild bird in Qatar, we would be delighted to display your photograph, with appropriate acknowledgement, on this page. Please email QBRC in the first instance.

 

 

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