Our guest that was first recorded in 2007 and presumably was the bird that returned in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017 has made a welcome return back to Kuwait this winter.
|Spot the Pink Lady; Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)|
But once I did, I spent a good hour on the receding tide enjoying this jewel as she slowly walked further out on the mudflats alternating between feeding, resting and the odd altercation.
|Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) and Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)|
|Greater Flamingo fly-by|
There were also some good photographic opportunities with the bigger flock of Greater Flamingo's
|Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)|
There were a few other species to be seen; A Grey Heron flew by with a large fish, chased by 2 other Herons - so there was some aerial acrobatics, but the fish was not dropped by the victor!
|Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)|
A possible Caspian Gull
|Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)|
Many Common Black-headed Gulls in winter plumage
|Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)|
and quite a few Whiskered Terns feeding on the Outfall.
|Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)|
Later in the afternoon, I headed to Khiran lagoons in the south of Kuwait for some fishing. I did make a detour before fishing to check out a reliable Wheatear spot and was rewarded with a wintering Red-tailed Wheatear
|Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia)|
In the same area I had Eastern Mourning Wheatear, but it wasn't too confiding
|Eastern Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens)|
There were a few Isabelline Wheatear's present
|Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)|
Along with Asian Desert Warbler which more typically associate with Desert Wheatear
|Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana)|
No luck with the fishing, but still an enjoyable and tranquil afternoon on the beach and the few birds were a bonus on the detour