18 March 2020

Lockdown - Day 2

Week 11; 13 March 2020 - Pivot Fields

There was a lot of humidity in the air when I left my apartment and it was quite thick in the air when I arrived at the Pivots just before 6:30. But it smelt great and really did feel like spring was in the air.

Driving through the gate, the first bird up was a Turkestan Shrike

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)

I started on one of the fields with really short grass and it was really productive - in the end I almost spent 2-hours as new birds seemed to keep arriving.

A Woodchat Shrike sitting on a post trying to dry its feathers from the dew was a good start

Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

Whilst watching the Shrike, a Wryneck quietly fed in one of the furrows close to my car

Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)

Black-eared Wheatear's were all over the field - both dark-throated and pale-throated forms

Dark-throated Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe h. melanoleuca)

Pale-throated Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe h. melanoleuca)

along with numbers of Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

and both male and female Pied Wheatear's

Male Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)

Female Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)

Eurasian Hoopoe numbers are also on the increase. This one has been probing in the soft soil right up to the base of it's beak.

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

The Marsh Harriers were seen roosting occasionally in the same field

Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Whilst a Squacco Heron hunted on the fringes of the field

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

Caspian Stonechat's are still abundant in all locations - it really has been a good year for them in Kuwait

Caspian Stonechat (Saxicola m. hemprichii)

Pipits love these short grass fields and again I found two Richard's Pipit

Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi)

Along with Water Pipits

Caucasian Water Pipit (Anthus s. coutelli)

as well as Tree and Red-throated - damp soil and evaporation = record image!

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

As I left the field, some Black Kites

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

put up a pair of Red-wattled Lapwing that appeared to aggressively defend some territory - I suspect they are a breeding pair

Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

Down at the marsh, the Glossy Ibis numbers had increased to 7

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

There were over 60 Black Kites roosting on just one Pivot along with some larger Eagles. I drove over to check and found that one was Imperial

Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)

There was another short grass field adjacent to the pivot which had Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)

and a 3rd Richard's Pipit

Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi)

By now it was getting close to noon and light was not conducive for photography, so one last drive around the farm produced a male Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)

The long-staying Long-legged Buzzard

Long-legged Buzzarad (Buteo rufinus)

and two Steppe Eagles which are normally uncommon at the farm

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)

I passed one field planted with Wheat and it was worth stopping for a few images. A big prime can compress and highlight detail of just one head..

Wheat Field

Overall a great spring morning and encouraging numbers of new migrants

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