15 December 2019

An afternoon at JPR

Week 48; 29 November 2019 - Jahra Pools Reserve

I enjoyed the last 2-hours of the day slowly cruising around JPR enjoying the cool, but mild winter weather. There were a couple of female Western Marsh Harriers patrolling over the reedbeds

Female Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

A few Greater Spotted Eagle's had already chosen their perches for the night

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

A juvenile Greater Flamingo paused for a portrait

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

Ducks were quite active over the main pool and it was great to see Ferruginous again

Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)

There were good numbers of Gadwall too

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

A few days back, Neil Tovey had found Ruddy Shelduck on the coast. I checked the beach, but no sign of it. But I was fortunate to see it inside the reserve when it was flushed by a raptor and managed this crappy record image in  the dying light of day. I believe this is the only image taken of this bird, as it wasn't seen again after this.

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)

Earlier, I enjoyed watching a pair of Vagrant Emperor's laying eggs in one of the recently opened waterways

A pair of Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)

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