This morning there was a definite drop in temperature and the brisk winds added to the chill factor. I hadn't been to SAANR for quiet sometime, so headed out early, not counting on getting stuck on the 6th Ring Road for over an hour - in the end I only reached the reserve gates around 8am in what is normally only a 30 - 40-minute drive.
By then the wind had increased a little more, so it was a lot brisker than earlier and all subjects today were less than obliging. Checking the big wadi on Jal Al Zor ridge, I spooked an Arabian Red Fox that I hadnt seen in a small hollow and it bolted away at speed, only stopping 200m away at a safe distance to stare back at me.
|Arabian Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes arabica) at speed|
Aside from on Desert Wheatear trying not to get blown off the ridge, no birds were seen. But the dune ripples provided a creative moment
|Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)|
|Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahtora pallidirostris)|
|Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) in desert habitat|
Driving back out of the Wadi, I had 3 species of Wheatear all in the same area - this is the Wheatear ID challenge, see how you go.....
|Black Kite (Milvus migrans )|
|White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)|
Wheatear 1 - Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)
Wheatear 2 - Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Wheatear 3 - Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina )
Overhead, the only 'birds' I really saw where big shiny ones and all were leaving sky trails in their wake in the clear blue sky
|I prefer clear blue skies|