My last weekend's birding of this year before I head down to SA for my long overdue summer holiday. I spent a few hours at JPR in the afternoon trying to re-locate the Waterhen, White-tailed Eagle and interesting Martins seen by visiting birders earlier in the week, without success.
Nevertheless, it is still a reserve to be enjoyed and there were still good numbers of Greater Spotted coming in to roost for the night.
|Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)|
The Western Osprey is still here and has been present for a couple of weeks now
|Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)|
I was surprised how few Water Pipit's there were
|Caucasian Water Pipit (Anthus s. coutelli)|
I had one White-winged Tern over the big pool
|White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|
and down at the beach, a few Eurasian Curlews in the inter-tidal zones. These had really long bills, so possibly orientalis
|Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata orientalis)|
Checking the skies for any Hirundines, I had two Barn Swallow and plenty of Pallid Swifts
|Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)|
Got a bit creative with the back and rim lighting on the reeds, as the sun slipped to the horizon
|Backlit Phragmite Reeds|
|Sunset over Jahra|