Markus Craig and I visited Jahra Pools Reserve in the late afternoon, which is the best time for photography, for the remaining accessible pools.
Even though it was early afternoon, a few Black-crowned Night Herons were already active and flying around above the reeds.
|Adult Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)|
|Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)|
|Caspian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. fuscus)|
|Adult Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)|
There were many Grey-headed Swamphen's at this time of the afternoon
|Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio p. poliocephalus)|
|European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa l. limosa)|
|Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)|
|Little Crake (Porzana parva)|
|Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)|
|Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii)|
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) in breeding plumage|
There was also a very dark Squacco present and we debated the possibility of it being Indian Pond - but it remained as a juvenile Squacco Heron (not sure if it is an offspring of the Reserve?)
|Juvenile Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
|Juvenile Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) - but a different bird to the one above|
By now the sun was close to the horizon when I heard a Spotted Redshank fly by overhead. I thought it wasn't going drop in - but it circled back and dropped out of the sky, but into another pool further away from where we were parked. This just a record image, only because I haven't photographed one in breeding plumage yet!
|Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)|
|1st year Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)|
|Red-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia s. svecica)|