02 December 2019

Long time, no see!

Week 47; 22 November 2019 - Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR)

It was great to visit JPR again for a few hours in the afternoon, with the onset of winter it is amazing how quickly the light fades and sunset creeps closer to 5pm.

I spent some time with a female Eastern Stonechat in gorgeous golden light, complimented by the diffused brown of the Sabkha bushes in the background

Eastern Stonechat (Saxicola maurus)

The star of the afternoon was this cracking adult Ring Ouzel that flushed from the side of the road and luckily for me, landed in a tree where it remained for 5-minutes. As much as I would have liked to get a little closer, I didn't try as Turdus species are notoriously skittish in Kuwait. It has been over 10-years since I last saw one in Kuwait, so a common bird it is not!

Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)

JPR is still the place to see Greater Spotted Eagles in winter

Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

A couple of Western Marsh Harriers seem to overwinter at JPR, more females than males

Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

I took a drive down to the outfall and saw this Jack Snipe in the open, pretending to be anything but a bird

Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)

At one of the pools, I had this Common Snipe at the waters edge with glorious reflection in the water

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

By now the sun was almost gone, so headed back to the gate and got a bit creative with Common Chiffchaff's foraging on the boundary fence of the reserve

Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

There were clouds in the sky and these were reflecting on one of the pools

Winter reflections

Followed by an afterglow as the sun set on another mild winters day in Kuwait

JPR Sunset

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