01 August 2018

Good winter birding

Week 05, 02 February 2018 - Green Island and Jahra

As usual, after tennis and a bite to eat, I headed for a walk around Green Island. Just inside the entrance, I had a Black-eared Kite low overhead scavenging for scraps from last nights BBQ brigade.

Black-eared Kite (Milvus m. lineatus)

A single Steppe Gull was seen on the inside lagoon

Steppe Gull (Larus f. barabensis)

I took this 'macro' of undersea life and will leave it to your imaginations to work out what it might or could be....

Green Island Monster    ;-)

A Lambo in the parking lot will always attract attention


Next stop Jahra Farm, where I found a couple of the resident Bank Myna's

Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus)

As well as Song Thrushes foraging in the fields

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

At Jahra Pools a big flock of Common Black-headed Gull's had congregated on the low tide

Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

A massive flock of Pied Avocet's flew in from the sea and landed in the low tide zone. By far the biggest flock I have seen in many years in Kuwait

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

And a few Great Black-headed Gulls passed by overhead. It has been a good winter for this species

Great Black-headed Gull (Leucophaeus ichthyaetus)

Greater Spotted Eagles still abound and JPR must be one of the better places in the world to enjoy these magnificent raptors in winter

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga )

A Marsh Sandpiper was present in one of the quieter smaller pools

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

In the desert area, a Daurian Shrike made an appearance

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)

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