A tree full of Wagtails

First day, early start this morning with a tree full of White Wagtails roosting in the dark next to the highway, several hundred Wagtails sitting still in the dark. Not how we usually see this lovely species.

We have altogether 16 days of birding here, we will run short of hotspots. Today we decided to to bird an area north of the city, called Jahra.map_of_kuwait

Several nice birding spots there with best called Jahra Pool Reserve. It looks to me as if they let the cleaned water from the city of Al-Jahra just flow into a swamp before it reaches the Kuwait Bay, resulting in a fantastic wetland. This area is closed, but the amazing AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan Alenezi who works as a local bird guide, and runs the BirdsOfKuwait site gratiously stepped up and offered to guide us for free, and also arrange permits to all closed areas.

AbdulRahman
AbdulRahman

So, at dawn we entered together with AbdulRahman and a Belgian team with Joachim Bertrands. Top species in the Pool Reserve were White-Tailed Lapwing, Greater spotted eagle, the fulvescens morph.

Greater spotted eagle, fulvescens morph
Greater spotted eagle, fulvescens morph
White-Tailed Lapwing
White-Tailed Lapwing

Another species that made us jump, although expected there, was the Asian Desert Warbler.

Asian Desert Warbler
Asian Desert Warbler

As well as:

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear
Little Grebe
Little Grebe

 

 

 

 

 

The afternoon was spent in an agricultural area close to the city of Jahra called Jahra farms. People grow vegetables there in a small scale. Here we found the top species of the day, Crested Honey Buzzard. A rarity, hopefully not the last! Hypocolius is nice too.

Hypocolius
Hypocolius

Altogether 79 species the first day, it might be that we never reach this number of new ticks ever during the remainder of the year. Tomorrow we go south to Al-Wafra, also an agricultural area, this one isolated in the desert. All ticks of today can be seen at our iGoTerra Page. Several good ones not mentioned here.

 

5 thoughts on “A tree full of Wagtails”

    1. Canon stuff, my lens is the 300/2.8 – a bit heavy but fast. Also the scopes we have the new Swarovski scopes are amazing, using the mobile phones to photo through the scope is sometimes better than the telephoto lens.

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