Yesterday another big raptor passage was reported by many of the local birders, so I got my family up early to see if we could enjoy the tail end of yesterdays passage.
We were at Khuwaisat by 6:30 to discover that literally all the birds had moved on and no raptors had roosted overnight. We drove around the roost area and had one Harrier stop briefly to drink from a small run-off from the farm, taken by my son Jaden. I was able to get an image of the bird in flight. I believe this is a Hen Harrier, primarily due to the 5-fingers on the primaries.
|Juvenile Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)|
Sadly, a 4x4 with a bunch of shooters who had little disregard for us taking photo's and enjoying the birds drove by shooting at Wagtails drinking from the same seep, spoiling our morning's birding and upsetting my family. I understand that shooters can now be prosecuted if caught, so this is great news and I hope it will curb much of the senseless shooting of migrants.
|Indiscriminate shooters spoiling the morning's birding|
We departed for the tranquility and protection of Jahra Pools and enjoyed the birds inside this reserve. My son Jaden photographed this flock of Little Egrets with a few Western Cattle Egret's
|Little Egret (Egretta garzetta ) and Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis )|
|Sykes's Wagtail (Motacilla f. beema)|
|Little Egret (Egretta garzetta )|
|Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)|
|Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)|
|Garganey (Anas querquedula)|
|1st year Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)|
|Deceased Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)|
|Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)|
|Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)|