I was at the Jahra East Outfall at sunrise to check for Warblers - unfortunately, a number of shooters had the same idea and a few had already shot some ducks. Legislation is now in place to prosecute shooters, so they can at least be reported to the Environmental Police.
Due to the shooters, birds were understandably quiet and skittish, but with patience a few were seen (but not the ones I was hoping for!)
Indian Reed Warblers do breed in the summer and one was quite obliging - almost too close to my car..
|Indian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. brunnescens)|
|Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)|
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
|Displaying Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)|
Since my blood was still boiling, I headed for the sanctity of Jahra Pools to get away from the shooters. There were a number of Black-crowned Night Herons flying around one of the pools.
|Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)|
|Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix)|
|Female Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)|
|Little Stint (Calidris minuta) fighting|
At the outfall, there were big numbers of Herons and Egrets - this Squacco Heron was unsuccessful in it's attempt to get some lunch and hid his 'embarrassment' quite well.
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
|Well let me just dry my plumes and regain my composure...|