From Spring to Summer in little more than a week as temps now soar above 40 degrees and pretty much signify the end of Spring migration.
I spent a few hours at JPR, but even arriving at 7am the sun is already pretty high in the sky. The rising temps combined with evaporation and heat haze is not conducive to good images with big glass, guess I have to get up earlier to avoid that.
Nevertheless, it was still an interesting morning as a good number of species are either sitting on nests, feeding young or have grown broods due to the favourable conditions at JPR for the past few months. I must say it was a little distressing to see that water supply had been disrupted due to maintenance as a few of the shallower pools were drying up at this critical time, but hopefully it will be restored this week.
There were good numbers of Black-winged Stilts and around 5 birds were seen sitting on eggs
|Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)|
|One of the many Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) on eggs|
I was surprised at the number of Little Grebes with young of various ages, it seems that they have had a very successful season
|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) with one of her brood|
|Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) with one of her grown duckling|
|Juvenile Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)|
|Juvenile White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)|
|Male Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) observed courting|
|Female Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)|
|Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)|
|Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)|
|Singing Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)|
|Female Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)|
|Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)|
|Nitraria retusa - a magnet for fruit eating migrants|