It was thrilling to discover that after almost a year, we were again able to access the awesome Sabah Al Ahmad Natural Reserve - it almost felt like Christmas in August for me.
On the 14th, Kuwait's first Striolated Bunting was discovered at Tuhla and I was able to briefly see (twitch) it, but not photograph it due to a problem between photographer and camera.
On the drive home, this lead me to the question - What am I - a birder first or a photographer first? I was frustrated that I was not able to capture this bird in pixels (which was a first and a one-day bird) or just enjoy it through my binoculars and hope that my aging memory will remember what it looked like in a year's time. I certainly want to try and photograph birds that I encounter as best as I can in the time that I have whilst in the field. I understand, that if you really want that perfect image, you need to spend hours in a hide in the best available light - but in these days of juggling limited time, it is hard to achieve - so I guess I'm a little of a hip-shooter, taking the best advantage of what is presented to you at the time.
Of course, I will generally chase rarities but both in the hope of seeing and photographing them. The photographs can be shared with a much wider community, whereas just looking through the bins it is only pleasurable to yourself and then difficult to share with others.
In light of this dilemma I coined these two words that could possibly combine both passions - "Photograbirder" or "Birdographer" - now I need to choose which is appropriate!
But, I digress - back to the birding..I made a brief stop at Jahra Pools, more as a last ditch attempt at the Pygmy Cormorant which hadnt been seen for a few days - no Pygmy (again), but I did get my first Mauryan Grey Shrike of this Autumn
|Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahotra pallidirostris)|
|Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)|
|Displaying Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Erythropygia galactotes)|
|Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)|
|Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida)|
|Possible Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata)|
A single Green Sandpiper seemed out of place this far in the desert
|Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)|
|Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) keeping low out of the wind|
|Greater Hoopoe-lark (Alaemon alaudipes)|