The 2nd of August was mid-way through Ramadan and I was up on Mutla ridge to see the sun set and not very long afterwards the full moon rise through the haze over the sea.
|Mid-way in Ramadan|
I was up early Saturday morning with wind still pumping, but just had to get out anyway. I was able to arrange access to Jahra Pools Reserve where work is now completed on the road and water supply upgrade and what a difference this has made. The roads are now surfaced and the controlable water supply means that the pools will never again dry up - fantastic for the reserve and birds alike.
Birding conditions were far from ideal, with the strong NW wind almost blowing the reeds flat - most birds were hiding or sheltering from the wind. This Little Stint struggling to stay on it's feet.
|Little Stint (Calidris minuta)|
|Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)|
|Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)|
|Black-necke Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) in breeding plumage|
Ditto with the two Red-necked Phalaropes out in the middle of the pool
|Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)|
I found both Common Moorhen and Black-winged Stilt juveniles indicating that they had another successful breeding season
|Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)|
|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)|
By now my kit and car had a fine coating of white dust covering everything and on the way out I found an Egyptian Nightjar on the road which flew when it saw my car. After a long and patient search, I was finally able to relocate it and got some crippling views of this cryptic bird and on that high note I headed home to get rid of the dust that was everywhere.
|The cryptic Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)|