I headed out to JPR for some late afternoon birding and photography.
I headed down to the beach where two Eurasian Spoonbills were roosting on the inter-tidal zone. We don't see this species too often on the coast as they are mostly restricted to Boubyan Island
|Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)|
Driving back to the pools from the beach, Little Bittern in the reeds
|Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)|
Red-necked Phalarope in the pool below.
|Male Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)|
From the road, a couple of Red-backed Shrike on the sabkha
|Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)|
And Graceful Prinia's singing their hearts out..
|Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)|
A single Upcher's Warbler popped out of the undergrowth
|Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida)|
For the rest of the afternoon, I found a spot with a shallow pool and where the sun sets behind you and enjoyed the birds that were present.
Both Little Stint
|Little Stint (Calidris minuta)|
and Temminck's were present
|Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii)|
And an image side-by-side for comparison
|Temminck's and Little Stint|
A Marsh Sandpiper also dropped in for awhile
|Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)|
Here a Squacco Heron in stealth mode - 100% focused, although it missed the strike.
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
Whilst a Spotted Flycatcher hawks from the nearby reeds..
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
All in all a pretty enjoyable and relaxing afternoon