As we head toward summer, an early start is important, so by 6am Paul Scott and I were going through the gate at the Pivot Fields.
We did a quick circuit of the farm and realised that the best spot were the two large pools; one which is quite open and the other which has expanding reed beds and more cover. This is where we spent the 2-hours before the heat had us wilting.
Black-winged Stilt's were the most abundant species.
|Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)|
Suddenly there was some commotion and many of the birds flushed and we discovered a pack of stray dog's coming through the shallow pan - trying to catch some food. This was a 'bonus' for us, as they flushed around 5-7 Little Bittern's that were hiding in the reeds. We suspect that since conditions are ideal at this pool, this species will probably breed or is already breeding here
|Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)|
Overhead, numbers of Pallid Swift were feeding and these are always a challenge to photograph in flight
|Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)|
Sadly, Common Myna numbers seem to be increasing when a small flock of 5 flew by
|Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)|
There were still quite a few Sedge Warbler's present, but certainly not as many as 2-weeks back
|Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)|
We did also have a few Great Reed Warblers
|Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)|
A distant bird flying quickly above the reeds turned out to be a female Common Cuckoo
|Female Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)|
Another surprise was a single Little Tern that suddenly appeared and hunted for 10-15 minutes on the bigger pool before continuing on it's way
|Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)|
There were several 1st year White-tailed Lapwing's, so it seems there was breeding success in Kuwait this year for this species
|White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)|
Most Yellow Wags have long since departed, but we saw a single and late Black-headed Wagtail feeding along the water's edge
|Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. feldegg)|
Again, we found one of the Cat E Yellow-crowned Bishops, but now transitioning to non-breeding plumage.
|Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer)|
Squacco Heron's are starting to show their breeding plumage
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
By now, we were starting to melt ourselves, so a last drive around one of the fields produced a Spiny-tailed Lizard in the same area we had previously seen them
|Arabian Spiny-tailed Lizard (Uromastyx aegyptia microlepis)|