After the great morning 2-days I was back at Jahra Pools just after sunrise. There had been a slight change in weather, a little hotter and a stronger breeze and it is amazing the impact this subtle change has on the birds.
There was certainly not as many species or numbers there were a few days back, but that may also be attributed to shooters that had gained access to the reserve on foot and had been blasting away until they were chased by guards and photographers. Hopefully once the work on the pipeline on the perimeter of the reserve is finished, the fence can be fixed and this will keep shooters out for good!
Just inside the gates, I spotted this young Woodchat Shrike sitting proudly on a pole in great light
|Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)|
|Arabian Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes arabica)|
|Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)|
|Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)|
|White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|
|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)|
|Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)|
Alongside a Marsh Sandpiper
|Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)|
|Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)|
|Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)|
|Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)|