Oil Spill observed in Busaiteen Beach, Bahrain (November 14-15, 2014)

This weekend visited Busaiteen Beach in Bahrain along with my friend. The banding and color of water and earth were clearly visible as we entered the coastal area. Usually the banding and coloration happens during low tide due to the exposure of seabed, grasses, sea weeds and algae. When we approached the coastline we observed that the banding was not due to low tide but it was due to oil spill. The oil spill was seen all along the coastline from Sheikh Isa bridge end to the northern end of Busaiteen coast.

This week we saw less migratory birds in the coast, possibly oil spill being one of the reason. The oil spill is harmful to the coastal birds. We are trying to inform the concerned authority to look into the matter.

 

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Oil spill visible on the water of Busaiteen beach, Friday, November 14, 2014

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The floating Oil along Busaiteen beach on Saturday, November 15, 2014

 

Oil Spill observed in Busaiteen Beach, Bahrain (November 14-15, 2014)

Ghost nets in Bahrain creeks

Ghost nets are fishing nets abandoned or lost in the ocean by fisherman. These nets are dangerous and can entangle marine creatures like fishes, turtles, seabirds. The net restrict the movement and damages the parts of animal. Some of the photographs taken at Bahrain creek shows the great cormorants entangle with Ghost nets.


The Great Cormorant is a large black bird with long tail and yel

Great Cormorant entangled in Ghost Net, Bahrain creek

 

The Great Cormorant is a large black bird with long tail and yel

Great Cormorant blinded with Ghost net, Bahrain creek

 

Ghost nets in Bahrain creeks

Cas2 AF of Canon 5D M III

While doing bird photography I usually shoot in Case 2 Autofocus mode. Case 2 is actually supposed to continue tracking the subjects, ignoring possible obstacles. I found it reasonably good option for bird in flight with sudden obstacles of tree, twigs and branches. Here is a fairly good shot taken with this option. In the month of August 2014, while roaming in Renusagar hill I saw a black shoulder kite hovering in the sky, suddenly it plunged into the bushes and came up holding a prey. I managed to take this shot before it vanished behind the tree. In the photographs you can see the bird has passed through some of the twigs,  even then the tracking and focus was maintained on the subject.

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Black shoulder kite holding its prey, Renusagar hill, India, August 2014

Cas2 AF of Canon 5D M III

Busaiteen Coastal Birds, Bahrain

Bahrain is a beautiful small island bounded by Qatar in the east and Saudi Arabia on the west. There are very limited ideal places to do nature/wildlife photography, still one can see lots of migratory birds during winter season. Last weekend I along with my friends went to Busaiteen coastal area to shoot. We reached there after the sunrise at around 6 in morning. The sea seems to be slowly receding with time to reach the lowest tide mark at around 9 AM. With the exposed sea shelf, sea weeds and marine crustaceans,  more and more birds were seen in the coastal area in search of food. Here are some of the photographs of coastal birds that I manage to take in Busaiteen sea beach using Canon EF 300mm+2x lens on Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Curlew (300mm+2x, f/5.6, 1/1600, iso 200)

Busaiteen Coastal Birds, Bahrain