After a few games of tennis starting at 6:30 (yes, were mad enough to play all through the year!), I headed to Green Island around 9am to check the gardens for migrants and butterflies.
Even by this time, it was brutally hot and very draining - so I didnt stay long. In the short time, I did see what is probably a single 1st year Black-headed Bunting. Although when there is only one bird on it's own - there is a possibility to consider other options; it didn't stay long enough though to see any other salient features.
|Probable 1st year Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)|
|1st year Rose-coloured Starling (Pastor roseus)|
|Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis)|
By now I was wilting badly and in desperate need of a cold drink, so took refuge in an Asian restaurant to re-hydrate.
Later in the afternoon Neil Tovey and I agreed to meet at Jahra Pools. Why you ask? I asked myself the same thing on the way...but really it was to try and find Nightjars at dusk; no luck with that either!
Pretty much the usual suspects on the drive around the pools; Grey-headed Swamphen - this a portrait of a bird that was too close for my prime lens!
|Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio p. poliocephalus)|
|Little Stint (Calidris minuta)|
|Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)|
|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)|
|A sequence of a stunning Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) catching and eating a small fish|
Job done and time to head home Nightjar less!