Results of the eighth winter waterbird census in Libya in January 2012

Etayeb, K. S., Berbash, A., Bashimam, W., Bouzainen, M., Galidana, A., Saied, M., Yahia, J. & Bourass, E. (2015). Results of the eighth winter waterbird census in Libya in January 2012. Biodiversity Journal 6(1): 253–262.
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Abstract:

After sporadic observations and reports on Libyan birds during the last century, a regular census of wintering birds at Libyan coastal wetlands started in January 2005. Results of each winter census till 2011 have been published. The survey of 2012 was carried out by the authors of the present paper. The general aim was to continue the census of wintering waterbirds in Libya, despite the difficulties that faced the team after the War of Liberation, and the fact that certain areas, very important for birds, have been declared military areas. A total of 29,314 individuals belonging to 69 waterbird species was counted. Comparatively, the number of sites covered in 2012 was less than that in previous years of the survey. The majority of individuals counted belong to seven gull species. This survey also observed a total of 56 individuals of Aythya nyroca Guldenstadt, 1770, a Near Threatened species, as well as, for the first time, a single individual of Canada Goose Branta canadensis (Linnaeus, 1758) in eastern Libya.

Oiseaux d’eau hivernant dans la zone centrale du golfe de Gabès dans le sud-est tunisien

Hamza, F., Hammouda, A., Chokri, M.A. & Selmi, S. 2014. Oiseaux d’eau hivernant dans la zone centrale du golfe de Gabès dans le sud-est tunisien. In: Feltrup-Azafzaf, C., Dain, M., Brochet, A.L., Defos du Rau, P., Mondain-Monval, J.Y. & Azafzaf, H. (eds.). Bulletin of the network “Mediterranean Waterbirds”, No. 2. AAO, ONCFS, Tour du Valat. pp: 1-10.
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Résumé :

Le golfe de Gabès, dans le sud-est Tunisien, est réputé pour être l’une des zones d’hivernage les plus importantes pour les oiseaux d’eau en Méditerranée. Dans le but d’obtenir une meilleure connaissance de cette avifaune, nous avons effectué, au cours de l’hiver 2012 – 2013, des recensements au niveau de 50 stations réparties entre la baie des îles Kneiss au nord et l’entrée de la lagune de Boughrara au sud. Au total, nous avons dénombré 45 431 oiseaux appartenant à 50 espèces, 16 familles et 10 ordres. Les Charadriiformes et les Ansériformes sont les groupes les plus riches en espèces.  Parmi les 50 espèces recensées, 11 sont sédentaires, 4 sont hivernantes  irrégulières et 35 sont hivernantes régulières. Le Bécasseau variable (Calidris alpina), le Flamant rose (Phoenicopterus roseus), le Gravelot à collier interrompu (Charadrius alexandrinus), le Chevalier gambette (Tringa totanus), le Goéland railleur (Chroicocephalus genei), le Courlis cendré (Numenius arquata), l’Huîtrier pie (Haematopus ostralegus) et le Pluvier argenté (Pluvialis squatarola) sont les espèces les plus abondantes.

Wintering waterbirds in the central area of the Gulf of Gabes in south-eastern Tunisia.

Abstract:

The Gulf of Gabes, in southeastern Tunisia, is reputed to be one of the main wintering areas for water birds in the Mediterranean. To have a better knowledge of this avifauna, we conducted a census in 50 stations from the Bay of Kneiss Islands in the North to the entrance of the lagoon of Boughrara in the South, during the winter of 2012 – 2013. Overall, we counted 45, 431 birds belonging to 50 species, 16 families and 10 orders. The Anseriformes and Charadriiformes groups are rich in different species. Among the 50 species   listed, 11 are sedentary, 4 are irregularly wintering and 35 are regularly   wintering. The Dunlin (Calidris alpina), the Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), the Redshank (Tringa tetanus), the Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei), the Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata), the Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) and the Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) are the most abundant species.

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Hamza F., Hammouda A., Chokri M.A., Béchet A. & Selmi S., 2014. Distribution et abondance du Flamant rose Phoenicopterus roseus hivernant dans la zone centrale du golfe de Gabès (Tunisie). Alauda 82 (2): 135-142.

Platalea leucorodia - Eurasian Spoonbill - Spatule blanche: ringed in 2009 as chick in Hungary, overwintering in the gulf of Gabès, Tunisia.

Platalea leucorodia (Eurasian Spoonbill – Spatule blanche): ringed in 2009 as chick in Hungary, and overwintering in the gulf of Gabès, Tunisia, February 2014. (photo: Foued Hamza / Birding in Tunisia).

Calidris alba (Sanderling - Bécasseau sanderling): ringed in Iceland in 2011, and wintering in the Gulf of Gabès, Tunisia

Calidris alba (Sanderling – Bécasseau sanderling): ringed in Iceland in 2011, and wintering in the Gulf of Gabès, Tunisia, January 2013. (photo: Foued Hamza / Birding in Tunisia).