Week 36; 04 September 2020 - Pivot Fields
After 173-days Kuwait lifted restrictions on Lockdown/Curfews at midnight on 31 August, but life as we knew it, is not quite normal and that may still be a long way down the track. But for now, Autumn migration has started, birds are on the move and heading south for the endless summer.
This morning I was back at Pivot Fields by 6am together with John Gurnett and Dr. Riad where we spend the first 90-minutes at the marsh as the birds started to get active. Warbler's weren't quite as vocal, but we did connect with Caspian Reed Warbler
|Caspian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus s. fuscus)|
|Savi's Warbler (Locustella luscinioides)|
There were quite a few Duck on the bigger pool which took to the sky when we ventured closer. Mostly Garganey
|Garganey (Anas querquedula)|
But also Northern Shoveller
|Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)|
The two male Yellow-crowned Bishops were quite competitive when a female made an appearance. Still haven't cracked the Bumble-bee flight shot.....
|Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer)|
There were Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters overhead, their calls really do elicit a happy disposition, despite the unbelievable challenges they have to overcome to get to their summer destination
|Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)|
Marsh Harriers quite like the marsh and reeds where they come over low to try and ambush unsuspecting birds
|Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)|
Whilst the other Harriers prefer hunting over the open fields
|Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus)|
A Red-backed Shrike was checking out the patch when we walked back to our cars.
|Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)|
We then divided and explored different parts of the farm, staying in touch for any interesting species. At another pond, I had a Great Reed Warbler checking me out through a mesh fence
|Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)|
I spent quite a bit of time with this Black-eared Kite as it enjoyed its breakfast. It was some distance off, so the heat haze wasn't my friend. It has 6 primaries and white bases to the primaries in flight, which are decent pointers to Black-eared, an autumn and winter visitor in Kuwait.
|Black-eared Kite (Milvus m. lineatus)|
The other pool that was so productive has dried up a little and is probably going to be filled to optimise the planting area, but overhead there were many Barn Swallows
|Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)|
|Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)|
Along with Collared Pratincole's, all feeding on the wing
|Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)|
On the overhead line, a European Roller was struggling a bit with the heat
|European Roller (Coracias garrulus)|
Whilst Greater Short-toed Lark's were quenching their thirst from a puddle of water on the side of the road
|Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla)|
And Western Yellow Wagtails were active in the fields
|Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)|
Even though Autumn is upon us, the day time temps haven't quite dropped under 40 degrees yet, so by 10am when we start wilting is a good time to call it a morning.