28 September 2018

Last days of Ramadan

Week 25; 23 June 2018 - Jahra Pools Reserve

I was at the gates of the reserve by 6am for a couple of hours before it became too unpleasant to be out.

Birding was pretty good and again migrant species were present. It shows that you need to keep checking the various sites, irrespective of the season, as there is always something to be seen. At this time of year, birding is done from the car - windows open and AC on high. 

In the reeds, I found Caspian Reed Warbler which breed at JPR through the summer

Caspian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. fuscus)

Also, a Western Yellow Wagtail either a 1st year bird or non-breeding adult?

Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla f. flava)

Followed by a Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)

The Continental Great Cormorant was still present in the big pool

Continental Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sinensis)

Driving on the road to the beach, juvenile Black-winged Stilt were in the shallow pools on the side of the road

Juvenile Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

As was Little Ringed Plover which also breed in the reserve in summer

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

The Spur-winged Plover was still present, but still quite skittish. The spurs are visible in these flight images

Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus)

I found the long-staying Little Gull, this time pretty close by.

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus)

Overhead I had a single Black-winged Pratincole

Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmanni)

There wasn't much to be seen at the coast, so I called it a day and headed back toward the gate, only to find a Black-winged Kite hovering high over the reeds and dropping down rapidly into the reeds where it successfully nailed it's prey. This species is now considered an annual visitor to Kuwait

Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus vociferus)

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