There had been reports from Khaled Al Ghanem of 2 Black-winged Kites at JPR which are considered rare dispersers in Kuwait. As I hadn't seen one for quite sometime I decided to pay JPR a visit.
The wind was gentle to start, but increased in speed rapidly during the morning, eventually making conditions unpleasant - but I persevered.
Even the Sand Martins
|Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)|
|Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)|
|Female Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)|
|Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)|
|Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)|
|Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. feldegg)|
|Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), normally a winter visitor|
|Kuhl's Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus kuhlii)|
I did a last circuit of the reserve and finally caught up with a 1st year Black-winged Kite, that of course was against the light. I am unsure where these youngsters may have originated from, but always good to see a bird that you haven't connected with for some time.
|1st year Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)|