27 July 2013

South and North

Week 29, 18 July 2013  -Sabah al Ahmad Sea City and Doha (Click to enlarge image)

Despite the strong wind, I was back down at the Sea City project to see if Autumn migration had kicked in in the south. I must say we were buffeted by strong wind and lumpy conditions, even on the lagoons inside the project. There was not too much to be seen, but a small flock of Ruff and a Whimbrel were at least signs of Autumn migration starting.

The Whimbrel, a migratory species, is one of the more widespread of the Curlews and breeds across much of sub-arctic North America, Europe and Asia. It winters on the coasts of Africa, South America and south Asia and is generally a coastal bird during migration. This flock was on its own, but further north in Kuwait, it is found amongst mixed flocks of coastal waders.

Migrating Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

In the afternoon, I was up near Doha looking for a Brown-necked Raven that had been reported in the morning, but without luck. I did find 3 1st year Namaqua Doves which shows that they bred somewhere in the area.

1st year Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this blog! My brother in law will be stationed in Kuwait and I've been doing some research into the birding scene:) this looks absolutely thrilling!