02 August 2018

Piracy on the Arabian Gulf

Week 07; 16 February 2018 - Souk Sharq, Jahra Farm and Jahra Pools

As with previous weeks, I was out birding after the weekly tennis and it lends itself to a pleasant drive up Gulf Road with a few options along the way. Today, I made a quick stop at Souk Sharq, where I had this Continental Great Cormorant fly by

Continental Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sinensis)

Whilst a local fisherman relaxed on the corniche


I then headed to Jahra Farm, where it is always enjoyable to walk around in the cooler weather. A Laughing Dove was seen descending from a display flight

Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)

Whilst overhead Pallid Swifts were seen

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)

and at one of the other Farms, around 5 Red-rumped Swallows were foraging low over the fields and provided a challenge to get some decent BIF images

Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)

Two Small Cabbage Whites having a dispute as the ascended higher and higher and were lucky enough not to become lunch for some of the Hirundines

Small Cabbage White (Artogeia rapae iranica)

Later, a Steppe Eagle passed by very high overhead

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)

From the Farm, over the freeway to JPR where a Mauryan Grey Shrike was seen in the desert area

Mauryan Grey Shrike (Lanius lahtora pallidirostris)

Black-winged Stilts have arrived and were on some of the larger pools.

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

The pools on the way to the beach had a few Eastern White Wagtails

'Eastern' White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

On the coast, I found the Pacific Golden Plover huddled between the Grey Plover flock a long way away

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Down at the beach I enjoyed the interaction and piracy between two Great Black-headed Gulls fighting over a fish in flight. These are huge Gulls so it was like watching two commercial jets in a aerial display - deliberate and relatively slow, but in the end no winner as the fish was lost and snatched by a Common Black-headed Gull - enjoy the series!

Great Black-headed Gull (Leucophaeus ichthyaetus)

Great Black-headed Gull (Leucophaeus ichthyaetus) - gotcha!

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