28 October 2018

Raptors at the Pivots

Week 41; 13 October 2018 - Pivot Fields

Following the success of last week, Paul Scott and I spent an enjoyable and more relaxed morning at Pivot Fields and we had some birds today that we didn't record last week. This is one of the aspects I really love about birding - no one day is the same!

It was the calls of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters that we heard when we arrived just after sunrise and in a fog of humidity - it is such a like-able and 'happy' call

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)

The dense humid air really impacted our photography and it is really difficult to get sharp and clean images. 

An Eastern Imperial Eagle had roosted overnight on the pivot and we enjoyed some time with this magnificent raptor

Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)

On the same pivot, there were a couple of Common Wood Pigeon's, as species I have not seen for quite some time in Kuwait, although they have now been proven breeding in Abdaly in the north of Kuwait

Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)

In the same area, there was a small flock of Glossy Ibis foraging with a massive flock of Western Cattle Egret

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

Again we flushed a number of Snipe, all Common

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Graceful Prinia's were vocal and a little wet from the dew on the grass

Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)

We had a few Isabelline Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

along with Pied Wheatear at various spots around the farm

Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)

We saw a couple of Red-backed Shrike, all 1st year birds

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)

And some Lesser Short-toed Lark's which are not as abundant as the Greater Short-toed

Lesser Short-toed Lark (Alaudala rufescens)

More Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark

Black-crowned Sparrow Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps)

And in the same field, the first White Wagtails of the winter had now arrived.

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

We found the flock of Northern Lapwing and now 3 Sociable Lapwing were present be too far and too skittish for photographs

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

It had now started to warm up and more raptors started appearing; Greater Spotted Eagle

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)

and a bonus pair of Lesser Kestrel hunting over one of the fields

Male Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)

Female Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni)

A Eurasian Sparrowhawk passed by overhead

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

and the 'local' Long-legged Buzzard was also seen, but didn't allow close approach at all

Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)

We found a small flock of feeding Western White Stork, but it wasn't long before they too found a thermal and continued on the southward journey

Western White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

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