I had the pleasure of guiding Ron Peterson on his birthday, while he was here with his wife Jenny visiting their children in Kuwait. Ron is a talented wildlife artist who lives in the UK and didn't expect to see any birds on this visit.
Fortunately, I managed to change that by taking Ron to 3 very different locations during the morning's birding.
After an early morning start, we headed west to the working oasis farm at Al Abraq where a few shooters tainted what would have been an even more enjoyable morning. Nevertheless, there were still good birds to show Ron.
A few Common Kestrels were found in a few locations around the farm.
|Female Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)|
|White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)|
|Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)|
|Female Exclamatory Paradise Whydah (Vidua intefjecta)|
As the morning warmed up, we picked up some Raptors in the form of a few Steppe Buzzards
|Steppe Buzzard (Buteo b. vulpinus)|
I then had a challenge to get Ron good views of Red-breasted Flycatcher which was not as straight forward as it seems, but finally we did get onto a bird in some dense habitat
|Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)|
Another bonus just before leaving were two Eurasian Crag Martins, a bird I have not seen for a few years in Kuwait and I was fortunate to get a record image.
|Eurasian Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris)|
Fortunately there was still some water in the main pool, but all the others were now completely dried up. We had the usual suspects in the form of Moorhen, Little Grebe, Coot and a single Swamphen as well as a few winter plumage Black-necked Grebe's.
|Winter plumage Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)|
Driving around the reserve, we got crippling views of Blue-cheeked Bee-eater for Ron that would certainly look good on canvas.
|Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)|
|Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)|