The weather was perfect yesterday, hot but no wind. Most of my visits to JPR have been early morning, so I decided to change the routine and head out late afternoon until sunset to see what came in to roost.
JPR has had some pretty good birds in the past 10-days, Masked Wagtail (4th) and Black-winged Kite as well as Citrine Wagtail. I must say, the atmosphere in late afternoon is quite different to the mornings and as a photographer you are losing light every minute..
Black-headed Wagtails are growing in numbers and today there were also many 1st year birds.
|Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. feldegg)|
|Lucky escape for this Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)|
There was not a ripple on any of the pools, so reflections were great, even for a juvenile Common Moorhen. Although you had to remember to keep dialing up the ISO.
|Juvenile Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) in late afternoon light|
|Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)|
|Hunting Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)|
|Back to the overnight roost|
I drove around slowly trying to find the bird, but it appeared to be gone. Whilst scouring the pools and reeds I came across a few Warblers that were catching a last drink as the light faded fast. With the lack of pale tips to the primaries, they are probably Eurasian Reed Warblers
|Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)|
This juvenile Warbler is probably Great Reed Warbler, but as it is not fully grown, primary length is difficult to ascertain.
|Juvenile Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)|
|Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) foraging in the last light|
By now the sun had hit the horizon as I did one last attempt to find the Heron..
|Light was fading fast|
Obviously this record will be submitted and ratified by KORC and if accepted is the 2nd record for Kuwait, but the first summer record (the previous was a winter record in November 2009)
|Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii) in breeding plumage, 2nd record for Kuwait|
Hopefully it will stay for a day or two to allow us to get better images. Just as I was leaving, 3 Black-crowned Night Herons came out of their daytime roost and found a spot to feed for the night
By now it was almost dark (and I was late getting out of the reserve), amazingly there was a mixed flock of Collared Pratincoles, Blue-cheeked Bee Eaters and Barn Swallows feeding on an eruption of insects and was an end to a really pleasant and successful afternoon out - must do that again!