24 November 2013

A Grey Day

Week 47, 18 November 2013 - Green Island

We had a low pressure system over Kuwait that dumped a substantial amount of rain. After dropping my son at school, I popped into Green Island on the way home under heavy grey skies for a quick walk to see which winter visitors were about.

If you want to hear bird song early in the morning, Green Island is certainly the place to go - we have minimal to no dawn chorus in the suburb that we live in. Most of the birds are the resident White-eared Bulbuls, Collared and Laughing Doves and Sparrows interspersed with Common Myna's and the Ruppells Weaver which is very distinctive.

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

A single Eurasian Hoopoe was an unexpected surprise as he seems to have been left behind when the others departed south

A very late Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
On the small lagoon inside the island, a single Eurasian Curlew wandered between a mixed flock of Slender-billed and Common Black-headed Gulls

Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) strolling between Slender-billed (Chroicocephalus genei) and Common Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Of course, these were not the reason for my visit, but rather the Hypocolius which is generally quite abundant at Green Island in the early winter months. I was not disappointed as there were more than 30 birds all adding their warbling call to the mix - what a pleasure. 

So, please excuse my indulgence for this glut of grey Hypocolius images under a grey sky, but they are really cool birds and are not that easy to photograph as they are seldom out in the open.

Portrait of male Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

Female Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

Male Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

Male and Female Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

Male Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) feeding on the leaves of this tree

Female Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

Male Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus)

Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) drinking water from an upturned table

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