28 September 2018

Father's Day

Week 25; 17 June 2018 - Jahra Pools Reserve

We had a holiday for Eid that coincided with Father's Day, so Neil Tovey and I were out for a few hours at JPR and missing having Markus with us.

Mid-summer, not much is expected and you have to start early as heat haze and quickly rising temps don't give much time to be out and conditions are poor for photography. 

We were pleasantly surprised with the number of migrant species we encountered; a lone European Black-tailed Godwit

European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa l. limosa)

A really early/late or over-summering Common Black-headed Gull

Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

The Little Gull is also still present, but was pretty distant today

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus)

Coming back up the road from the beach, a Citrine Wagtail was flushed from where it was feeding and sat briefly on the top of a sabkha bush

Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)

In the same area, we found the Spur-winged Lapwing seen on the previous visit.

Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus)

A juvenile White-tailed Lapwing from this year's brood was trying to keep cool in one of the smaller pools.

Juvenile White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)

A Black-crowned Night Heron was disturbed somewhere and passed by overhead. This species has also bred in JPR this summer

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Daddy Fox was out getting breakfast, much to the disgust of the Black-winged Stilt's who lost one of their youngsters - the circle of life continues relentlessly

Arabian Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes arabica)

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