I had the pleasure of guiding Peter Gluth and Peter Colston for the first 2-days of their weeks trip to Kuwait for the spring migration.
It was an early morning pickup from their hotel and the long drive west to Al Abraq with great conversation that really shortened the journey. Once at the farm it was a little cloudy and gloomy, so we drove around to check the various habitats finding a dark form Booted Eagle
|Dark form Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata)|
|Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus)|
|Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) with European Bee-eater|
|Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)|
|Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)|
|Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida)|
There were a number of Mauryan Grey Shrikes in the more open areas and we also found a small flock of Hypocolius that did their typical vertical ascend after being disturbed - not a great sighting, but one of the main target species found.
|Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahtora pallidirostris)|
|Female Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata)|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)|
|Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)|
Walking the pivots, again many species, but no Bimac Larks. However, we did find a Dark-winged Groundling, my first for Kuwait
|Dark-winged Groundling (Brachythemis fuscopalliata)|
|Arabian Toad-headed Agama (Phrynocephalus arabicus)|
A quick stop at Jahra Farm didn't produce anything new, although there were many Western Yellow Wagtails in the fields.
|Grey-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. thunbergi)|
And a European Bee-eater overhead
|European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)|
|Pygmy Cormorant (Microcarbo pygmeus)|
Again new species were added to the list as we worked our way around the reserve and then to the beach to check for sea and shorebirds before calling it a day after sunset.