I decided to do a longish trip and an informal winter survey starting in Jahra and heading NE along the 801 to Sabriya Farm and in doing so would cover habitats ranging from urban to desert.
I hadn't been to Jahra Farm this early in the morning for sometime and irrespective of the day or time I visit, the ever-friendly Ali is always found working the farm crops.
|Ali, always seen working the Jahra Farm fields|
|Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus), resident breeders|
|Glorious no more|
|Eastern Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens)|
|Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)|
On the way back to Jahra, I made a quick visit to SAANR and the November rains have been good for the reserve in some places with patches of green sprouting up in areas that held some surface water.
|Some greenery in SAANR on the way to Tahla|
|Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)|
|Male Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)|
|Running on water; Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)|
|Winter plumaged Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)|
|Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)|
Shooting over water with big glass is always a difficult, especially with the difference in water and ambient temps that create focusing challenges.
|Adult Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)|
|Male and Female Gadwall (Anas strepera)|
|Male and Female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)|
The larger wading birds like Grey Heron, Western Great Egret and Little Egret were seen around the reed edges.
|Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)|
|Male Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)|
|Wintering Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)|
|Resident Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)|