A belated post from last month, for some reason I just haven't had the time to sit down and submit a post. I hadn't been to JPR for sometime and my son Jaden was also hankering to spend a morning birding with me. So we were up early after packing a cooler and headed out to the reserve. I set Jaden up with my 50D and a 400mm lens and let him click away to his hearts content.
Birding was fairly quiet, although all the usual suspects were seen in and around the pools, however not many migratory passerines were seen at all.
March is traditionally the month when most winter visitors depart, spring migrants start arriving and many of the resident birds start breeding. A few Little Grebe's already had young birds.
|Juvenile Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Jaden|
Jaden's favourite bird is Purple Swamphen (one of his images appears on the cover page of his school calendar) and he was able to photograph the nominate species
|Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), Jaden|
|Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio seistanicus), Jaden|
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
|Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Jaden|
|White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Jaden|
|Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)|
|Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)|
Jaden alerted me to some juvenile Greater Flamingo's
|Juvenile Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), Jaden|
|Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)|
|Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)|
|Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)|
|Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Jaden|
|Male Byzantine Stonechat (Saxicola m. variegatus)|
|Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)|
|Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Jaden|
|Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), hovering and quartering before the successful catch|
|Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), 4th time lucky and a good sized catch|