After a week in the apartment, it is always enjoyable to get back out again, even in mid-summer. As usual, it is back to the Pivots and in the gate by 6:30am.
As before, I headed to the marsh to walk the small soggy area adjacent to the bigger pool, finding an early Black-headed Wagtail
|Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. feldegg)|
At the marsh, the Black-winged Stilt's were already airborne and vocal
|Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)|
Accompanied by the White-tailed Lapwing's
|White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)|
and not too long after, the Red-wattled
|Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)|
A White-winged Tern was briefly seen as it flew from one pool to another and then disappeared to forage over the fields
|White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|
I checked the arid patch of the farm and as expected found quite a number of Cream-coloured Coursers
|Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor)|
And in their usual area, many Black-crowned Sparrow-Larks. This male was quite cool with his raised crest.
|Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)|
Not far from the Larks, there is another smaller pool and this had a good few Little Ringed Plovers
|Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)|
Whilst watching the pool, I managed to catch this juvenile Namaqua Dove as it shot past
|Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)|
Out on the southern boundary fence, last weeks Guineafowl was still present and looking lost
|Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)|
Whilst at the marsh earlier in the morning, I had caught a brief glimpse of a Skipper butterfly, so went back and put in some effort to try and re-find it. I was pleased that I did, as it turned out to be a new species for Kuwait - Pygmy Skipper or Dark Hottentot. Thanks to Steve Collins for confirming the ID.
|Pygmy Skipper (Gegenes p. pumilio)|
In the same area, there were also a few Damselflies. I suspect this is Evan's
|Evan's Bluetail (Ischnura evans)|
and a few unknown Grasshoppers
So, a great morning overall - especially with the new discovery!