I had taken 2-days off for the Christmas weekend to enjoy time with the family and the weather played it's part too - almost Spring weather during the day.
We had a late morning walk around Green Island seeing a few Common Redshanks and a single pale morph Indian Reef Heron. However, over lunch I received a text for a species I hadnt yet seen in Kuwait.
|pale morph Indian Reef Heron (Egrette g. schistacea)|
Fortunately my family and father-in-law were happy to take a detour to Jahra Pools Reserve to see if the birds were still there. I checked one part of the pools first and found a single Tufted Duck and managed to catch it taking off.
|Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)|
At the next spot, there was no sign of the flock, but after some time, a flock of 11 Greylag Geese (with a lone Widgeon) appeared from behind some reeds. Although quite distant I was able to get some record images and this I would imagine is my last Kuwait lifer for this year, so a great birding note to end 2011.
|Eastern Greylag Goose (Anser a. rubrirostri)|
The wind was pumping a bit, but the Pallid Swifts overhead seemed to enjoy the challenge, as I did trying to follow them with the camera
|Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)|