Other species of international conservation concern found in the traps are Great Reed Warbler
, Nightjar, Golden Oriole, Wryneck, several species of shrikes, flycatchers and the local subspecies of the Scops Owl for which Cyprus has a special responsibility.
I gently undo a cloth bag to reveal a reed warbler
ready for release, and am given careful instructions on how to hold its delicate body.
Scientists have now shown that at least one species of migratory bird, the reed warbler
, can sense declination and use the information to plot its longitudinal point on Earth.
The reed warbler
- which is the size of two 2p coins and weighs just 13 grams - had a ring put on her leg in 2009 and her journeys have been monitored since.
1) 2 (Phylloscopus collybita) Great reed warbler
For the first time, Dr Khan has recorded an Osprey, several Indian Moorhen, Clamorous Reed Warbler
, Seagulls, Ducks and Jacksnipe in the pools formed in several locations of the wadis bordering the tiny township of Hatta as well as dams by the Hatta-Oman road.
To answer these questions they simulated an increased risk of adulterous behaviour in female reed warblers
by briefly introducing a caged extra male to 31 reed warbler
pairs during the female's fertile period.
From the emerald dove, blue-throated flycatcher, grey-headed fish eagle, slaty-legged crake, and the Tickell's thrush, to the large-billed reed warbler
and the added bonus of about a 100 types of butterflies, you'' find it all here.
As it is, however, one is left to wonder whether pictures of these species for example, Gadwall (619 Oman records), House Martin (335 records), Little Crake (219 records), Wood Warbler (208 records), Great Reed Warbler
(201 records) and Alpine Swift (103 records), are sitting in the Eriksen archive, or whether they are on the target list for this winter
Also under threat are 47 wild animals, including Persian leopard, Dalmatio Pelican, large-billed reed warbler
, striped hyena, Marco Polo sheep, Markhor, musk deer, wild donkey, red sheep, Blansford's fox, eagle, stone marten and lesser kestrel.
In 1867, in India's Sutlej Valley, a single bird was discovered, so distinct that it became what science calls the "type specimen" of a new species: large-billed (anyway, large for its body length) reed warbler
Other highlights include a picture of a great reed warbler
so well lit that its song appears to hang in the air, a pair of whooper swans in a snowstorm and a cat-eyed snake eating red-eyed-treefrog spawn.