I hosted Bouke and Anneke, keen birders who hail from Germany and are in Kuwait creating and sculpting the impressive sand sculptures that will be on display at Kuwait International Fair in January 2014.
We met pretty early and were at the Jahra Pool Reserve gates just on sunrise (an interesting 'pattern' on the sun), which is now much later than it is in the summer.
|Sunrise over Jahra Bay|
|Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) in pre-dawn light|
|1st year Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)|
A single Eurasian Teal came paddling by in the soft early morning light.
|Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)|
|European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)|
|Feeding Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)|
A Western Great Egret was also seen, but this one kept some cover between itself and the birders
|Western Great Egret (Ardea alba)|
|Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)|
|Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)|
|Male Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus)|
A few other passerines were seen including; Water Pipits which have arrived in numbers
|Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)|
|Female Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)|
|Female Caspian Stonechat (Saxicola m. hemprichii)|
Along the fence line of the large pool, another Common Kingfisher
|Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)|
|1st year Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)|
|Hunting Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)|
|Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)|
|Wintering Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia)|