01 June 2018

A late afternoon in JPR

Week 30; 28 July 2017 - Jahra Pools Reserve

Spent a few hours at JPR in the late afternoon when the temps start dropping - well that's kind of relative. 

There were surprisingly quite a few migrant species around. In and around the pools I had 2 Near Threatened Black-tailed Godwit, always a good bird to see at the reserve

European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa l. limosa)
I have yet to get a decent image of Spotted Redshank - I heard this bird before I saw it as it came down to land and then decided to pull up and head elsewhere. So, another opportunity that got away, especially irritating considering the bird was in breeding plumage

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Elsewhere there were Ruff

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
And Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

A drive to the beach gave Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)
From the beach I saw Marsh Terns foraging over the outfall - so spent 30-minutes watching their antics. Even though they were relatively high above the outfall - heat haze was still a problem.

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

A pale form Indian Reef Heron dropped in to probably roost for the night.

Indian Reef Heron (Egretta g. schistacea)
The view across JPR to Jahra East Outfall and the Doha Desalination Plant

Doha from JPR

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