01 June 2018

Vagrants and migrants

Week 32; 11 August 2017 - Jahra Farm and Jahra Pools Reserve

This is my last outing in Kuwait for August before heading to South Africa and our timeshare in the Kruger National Park and winter! Looking forward to catching up with the incredible diversity the KNP has to offer and sitting on our balcony watching Elephants and other mammals coming down to drink from the Crocodile River at sunset. 

But I digress, I stopped first at Jahra Farm finding Caspian Reed Warbler in the thicket of a palm, next to one of the holding ponds from the spring.

Caspian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. fuscus)
A young Black-winged Kite (30th for Kuwait) dropped out of the sky as it searched for a place to roost

30th Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus vociferus)

Bank Myna's were pretty active

Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)
Moving over the freeway to JPR, another NT Black-tailed Godwit in one of the quieter pools

European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa l. limosa)
A Little Bittern hiding and swaying together with the reeds

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Quite a few Squacco Heron's were seen

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

On the hunt; Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
With a single White-winged Tern foraging over one of the pools

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
In one of the pools, I had two Wagtails - one was a clear Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)
But the second had me a little confused due to the greyish upperparts - its actually a Black-headed in transition plumage (thanks Yoav). 

Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. feldegg)

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