After a few disappointing morning outings to Jahra Pools Reserve, I opted for a different tactic by heading out in the late afternoon. Primarily as this is a better time for photography in the few pools that can still be seen. Reed growth has been phenomenal this summer - great for the birds in terms of cover, but not so for the birders and photographers.
Checking a few gaps in the reeds, I found a splendid Squacco Heron in all it's breeding plumage finery...
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) in breeding plumage|
|Juvenile Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)|
|Adult Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)|
|Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)|
|Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)|
Little Stint's were the most predominant species
|Little Stint (Calidris minuta)|
A few Dunlin were interspersed within the flock
|Dunlin (Calidris alpina)|
|Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)|
|Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio p. poliocephalus)|
|Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. feldegg)|
|Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)|
|Heron silhouette at sunset|