10 March 2020

A trickle of spring migrants

Week 10; 06 March 2020 - Jahra Pools Reserve

I was able to spend the last few hours of the day at Jahra Pools Reserve, although diversity and abundance was lower than reported the previous day.

A Great Cormorant along the road seemed quite obliging, but I suspect it wasn't well

Continental Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sinensis)

Caspian Stonechat are literally everywhere

Female Caspian Stonechat (Saxicola m. hemprichii)

In the desert area I had a single Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike (Lanius e. lahotra)

and on the way to one of the smaller pools, one of the many Daurian Shrike

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)

The setting sun was behind me, so I spent the rest of the afternoon chilling quietly at one of the pools, photographing Common Snipe

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

a cracking Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

White-tailed Lapwing

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

and Grey-headed Swamphen

Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio  p. poliocephalus)

When the sun was nearing the horizon, I headed back to the gate, stopping to get the Black-headed Gull's returning to roost with the setting sun as a backdrop

JPR Sunset

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