08 June 2018

A smattering of Raptors

Week 37; 15 September 2017 - Khuwaisat and JPR

In previous years, Khuwaisat was the place to see migrating raptors just after sunrise which is where I was this morning.

Unfortunately it seems the raptors are now migrating through Kuwait further to the west. Only a single Steppe Eagle was seen that was still roosting on the desert, typical of a desert eagle.

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)
Across the freeway at Jal Al Zour, I found some roosting Steppe Buzzard and that was the extent of the raptors.

Steppe Buzzard (Buteo b. vulpinus)

A little disappointed I headed to JPR where I found another Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard (Buteo b. vulpinus)
On the pools a couple of new duck species; Garganey

Garganey (Anas querquedula)
Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
I found Black-tailed Godwit in the 'usual' pool

European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa l. limosa)
Here a Little Stint, to compare to a

Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Temminck’s Stint

Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii)
A young Masked Shrike was sitting quietly in the reeds

Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)
And down on the beach Gull-billed Tern was patrolling along the shoreline

Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)

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