Today Hassan Abouzeid, a colleague from work who shares the same interest and passion in birds and photography joined me on the long drive to Al Abraq in the west. We had a very early start to get to the farm just after sunrise to check on the arrival of the autumn migrants.
Much to our dismay, it looked like a school camp with many teenagers carrying air rifles and playing looped calls of migrant birds and creating carnage inside the farm. They have no regard for privacy and do not seem embarrassed at all about jumping over the fence to shoot any or all birds on this private property. Fortunately, the owners arrived shortly after us and soon chased all of them off and out of their property. Sadly birds were all very skittish, but that is to be understood. We first walked the farm, which is one of my special locations in Kuwait as it offers diverse habitat for many different species.
One of the first species seen was Corn Bunting, followed shortly afterwards by Common Whitethroat and in this image the white throat from which it gets its name, can be clearly seen..
|Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)|
|Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria)|
|Possible Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris)|
|Female Red-spotted Bluethroat (Luscinia s. svecica)|
|Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)|
|Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)|
AND with this post, I have finally caught up with my backlog of posts!