24 November 2019

Welcome back, Pink Lady

Week 45; 08 November 2019 - Sulaibikhat Bay and Khiran

Our guest that was first recorded in 2007 and presumably was the bird that returned in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017 has made a welcome return back to Kuwait this winter.

After a few games of tennis in the morning, I headed up to Sulaibikhat Bay just as the high tide was turning. It was not too easy to find her (here I'm presuming its a her) in the growing flock of Greater Flamingo's

Spot the Pink Lady; Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)

But once I did, I spent a good hour on the receding tide enjoying this jewel as she slowly walked further out on the mudflats alternating between feeding, resting and the odd altercation.

Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) and Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

Greater Flamingo fly-by

For comparison

There were also some good photographic opportunities with the bigger flock of Greater Flamingo's

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

There were a few other species to be seen; A Grey Heron flew by with a large fish, chased by 2 other Herons - so there was some aerial acrobatics, but the fish was not dropped by the victor!

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

A possible Caspian Gull

Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)

Many Common Black-headed Gulls in winter plumage

Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

and quite a few Whiskered Terns feeding on the Outfall.

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)

Later in the afternoon, I headed to Khiran lagoons in the south of Kuwait for some fishing. I did make a detour before fishing to check out a reliable Wheatear spot and was rewarded with a wintering Red-tailed Wheatear

Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia)

In the same area I had Eastern Mourning Wheatear, but it wasn't too confiding

Eastern Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens)

There were a few Isabelline Wheatear's present

Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)

Along with Asian Desert Warbler which more typically associate with Desert Wheatear

Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana)

No luck with the fishing, but still an enjoyable and tranquil afternoon on the beach and the few birds were a bonus on the detour

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