01 August 2018

A stroll around a Park

Week 03; 20 January 2018 - Fintas Park

I decided to check one of the public parks in the south and got there quite early before the lunch time crowds arrived for the weekend BBQ's.

I was quite surprised to find a stunning Masked Shrike at the entrance to the park

Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)

A small warbler foraging in the Tamerisk tree's looked interesting, but turned out to be a Common Chiffchaff

Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

Rüppell's Weaver have been common in this park for a couple years now and this male was already sporting breeding plumage in mid-winter

Male Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula)

In amongst the Bulbul's was one that was partially leucistic

White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis)

By now people had started arriving so I carried on a little further south to Al Kout harbour to check for Gulls. There were a few Great Black-headed amongst some of the smaller Gulls, but I wasn't able to take pictures for long before being asked by security guards not to take any pictures at all - why, I have no idea? So after a pointless argument, I gave up and went for a coffee.

Great Black-headed Gull (Leucophaeus ichthyaetus)

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