I was up early and at the gates of the farm by 6am. There was not a breathe of air today and the heat was already hanging heavy in the air. I headed to the marsh and within 5-minutes of walking from the car, was absolutely soaked.
New families of Graceful Prinia's were all over the place and I enjoyed watching the antics of the youngsters as the foraged in the Sabkha Bushes. Love the early morning glow and colours of these images.
|Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)|
Warblers were active and calling, here a Caspian Reed Warbler
|Caspian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. fuscus)|
I assume this is a young Caspian, as it's beak is still pretty short
|Probable juvenile Caspian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. fuscus)|
I was pleased to see a Savi's Warbler in the top of the reeds, which was unusual for this skulker and it did slowly come a little closer to investigate my 'spisshing'. Their profile and pose are easily recognisable
|Savi's Warbler (Locustella luscinioides)|
Walking back to the car I had a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, possibly the same bird seen earlier in the month
|Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes)|
I then checked the area where the Nightjar's were last week and counted 7 from the car. With care and some stealth, I was able to get close to one bird without flushing any of them. Look at the detail in the feathers of the last image.
|Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)|
|This one showing it's white neck patches, which are not often seen|
Carrying on with the drive, I had the Black-winged Kite on the overhead line
|Black-winged Kite (Elanus c. vociferus)|
When I first started birding at school in South Africa many, many years ago, we used to call them Bob-tailed Kites, this is why!
|Bobbing it's tail|
Black-crowned Sparrow-Larks were in their usual area
|Male Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)|
|Female Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)|
As were the Cream-coloured Courser's, but this morning there were over 30 birds in the flock. Love their crown pattern
|Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor)|
Last stop was the field with Collared Pratincole's and today there were still as many as I counted last week
|Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)|