The 4th record of Masked Wagtail had been seen at Jahra Pools on the 3rd July by Khaled Al-Ghanem, so I was up early in blustery and hot conditions to see if it had stayed a little longer.
I didnt want to wake the guards at the gate too early, so detoured past the outfall at Sulaibikhat to discover that many of the birds that had bred on Boubiyan Island this summer were now back on the coast along with many young 1st-year birds. Gull-billed Terns were foraging off the outfall in the early morning light, with the youngster still begging for food whilst in flight with the adult.
|Adult Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)|
|1st-year Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)|
|1st-year Crab-Plover (Dromas ardeola) with Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)|
|White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|
|A very bleach Heuglin's Gull in the summer|
|Early Autumn arrivals, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)|
|Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and recently fledged young|
|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) adult and almost grown young|
|The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) brood|
|Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)|
|Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Dragonfly|
|Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly|
|Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)|
Just after it took flight, I heard the familiar call of a White Wagtail, but could not locate the bird or where it came from. Finally I saw a movement and discovered it was below the bank, very close to where I had parked and finally I got onto the Masked Wagtail and had some almost full frame moments as it foraged along the waters edge - certainly my best photographic moment for this species.
As mentioned, this is the 4th record for Kuwait and of interest 3 of the 4 records are from Jahra Pools with the 3rd record found on 2nd March of this year.
|4th record of Masked Wagtail (Motacilla a. personata)|
Driving around the desert area with the Casarina Trees, I found a pair of Rufous-tailed Scrub Robins which was surprising and I am now wandering if they may have bred this summer? A short time later, I found 2 Upchers Warblers even more surprising and sat with them for quite some time to see if they were showing any signs of breeding activity - but none that I could ascertain
|One of 2 Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida) seen together|
|Blue Pansy butterfly|
|Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)|
|Juvenile White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)|
The first has impressive colouring and flew up and down the channel, but I'm not sure of it's id as I don't have any reference books for Dragonflies