We were almost at the end of the Eid holidays and it was a good opportunity to go birding with Neil before we prepared to head back to work on Sunday.
As always, an early start for the hour and a bit drive to the farm in the west of the country and at least for this visit the weather was on our side; no wind like our last visit.
We arrived just before 7am and decided to first walk the farm whilst it was still relatively 'cool' if you can say that 36 degrees is cool at 7am. A Common Kingfisher at the pool near the entrance gate was unexpected and my first record of this species at the farm.
|Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)|
|1st year Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)|
|Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida)|
|Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida)|
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
|Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)|
|Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla)|
|Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flava) with breakfast|
|1st year Rose-coloured Starling (Pastor roseus)|
Nevertheless, this bird was looking for somewhere to rest and I could have taken a picture with my macro lens I was able to get that close - but I gave it some space and managed to get a few in not so natural surroundings as it was looking for shade and a place to rest up. A great and charismatic little bird all the same.
|A skulking Common Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) in a natural environment|
|In search of a cool spot|
|Finding a cool spot and some shade|