My father-in-law came to stay with us for a month in April and also to celebrate his 80th birthday with the family.
There was not too many new places to show him in Kuwait, as he has visited every year since we first arrived.
One morning, we visited Green Island as it is a pleasant walk and also offers great views of the iconic Kuwait Towers. Surprisingly very few migrants present, but the male Rüppell's Weaver was very busy nest building.
|Male Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula)|
Getting in early is the trick, to avoid the heat and when fewer visitors are present. Most of the usual urban birds are present; predominantly House Sparrows, Eurasian Collared Doves and numbers of White-eared Bulbul's.
|White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus l. leucotis)|
|Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)|
|Same sp. as above|
|Water Strider sp.|
On the last weekend, we had an hour at Jahra Pools Reserve, before visiting the Red Fort.
At one of the pools a drake Garganey was foraging/filtering along the water edge, behaviour I have not seen from Garganey before (I suspect this bird was injured, as it was still present a few weeks later). I photographed this with Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5 - 5.6 IS II and EF 1.4x III coupled to the 1DM4 and was pretty happy with the result, although the focus acquisition and speed would be faster on the 1Dx
|Drake Garganey (Anas querquedula)|
|Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)|
|Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)|
|Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)|
|Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii)|