28 September 2018

Blaze of Glory II

Week 20; 19 May 2018 - Abraq and Jahra Pools

Markus Craig and I had an early start as we headed to Abraq to be there just after sunrise.

We started with a drive around the farm and this was the best way to get close to many of the birds - Common Redstart's are still present

Female Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)

Marsh Warbler were flushed from the fields to the adjacent acacia type trees

Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris)

As did a Garden Warbler

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin)

An unfortunate passerine that fell prey to a migrating Shrike

Shrike storage

A short walk gave Willow Warbler 

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

And a Yellow-throated Sparrow

Yellow-throated Sparrow (Gymnoris xanthocollis)

By now it was getting hotter, so back in the car for a last drive where we found Wood Warbler (tick for me) - but no pic 

And then a Taiga Flycatcher, 5th for Kuwait, that was quite obliging, but never came out of cover or into sunshine

Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla)

Just as we were about to leave, a pale phase Booted Warbler came drifting by overhead.

Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata)

It was then back east to JPR where Pied Avocet was seen on the way to the beach.

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

At the beach, White-winged Terns were foraging along the shoreline

White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

the Little Gull was present and pretty close by - but still heat haze plagues getting sharp images

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus)

Another great day out with Markus

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