As my family is still away in SA, I was out early this morning to be at Jahra East at sunrise and to check for breeding Warblers. There was some humidity in the air and sitting with the windows open next to a sewage outfall for 90-minutes is not the most pleasant experience (sweaty and smelly) - especially since there were hardly any Warblers at all!
Disappointed, I drove a little and then walked along the outfall to the sea. I could a number of Gulls and Terns being quite vocal and saw that there were 2 Arctic Skua's harassing them in the air, trying to get the Terns to regurgitate fish they had caught. I managed to get a few distant record images as they disappeared back out to sea.
|A distant Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) with a desert backdrop|
Of interest was a young Caspian Gull roosting on the high tide line - way earlier than the majority of Gulls who normally arrive in late autumn, early winter.
|Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)|
|Eurasian Whimbrel (Numenius p. phaeopus)|
|A trio of Western Reef Heron (Egretta g. schistacea)|
|Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)|
|Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)|
|Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya here)|
Jahra Pools before noon is tough, as generally you are photographing against the sun - so at best, all you can hope for are good record images.
A number of wading species were seen, ranging and increasing in size from Greater Sand Plover
|Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)|
|White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)|
|Western Great Egret (Ardea alba)|
|Western White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)|
|White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|