Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Birding trip (part1), Pivot fields, Kuwait - Jan 10th 2012

Last Tuesday, Pekka Fagel, a local Birder was nice enough to take me on a birding trip.

Pivot fields
From Kuwait
We first went to the pivot fields, usually a place for Birds of Prey in abundance.
That day whatsoever, they had gotten the warning that I was coming ;-)

Greater Spotted Eagle, Schelladler, Aquila clanga
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Greater Spotted Eagle, Schelladler, Aquila clanga
From Birds Kuwait 2012
We saw some Hen Harriers and Greater spotted Eagle though - both Lifers for me -
so you don't hear me complaining ;-)

Greater Spotted Eagle, Schelladler, Aquila clanga
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Greater Spotted Eagle, Schelladler, Aquila clanga
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Hen Harrier, Kornweihe, Circus cyaneus
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Female Hen Harrier, Kornweihe, Circus cyaneus
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Black Kite, Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan
From Birds Kuwait 2012

Another Lifer for the day were the Skylarks, which showed up in a huge flock and
were to be found all over the fields.

Skylark, Feldlerche, Alauda arvensis
From Birds Kuwait 2012

Lapwings and Water Pipits were there in abundance as well.

Northern Lapwing, Kiebitz, Vanellus vanellus
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Water Pipit , Bergpieper, Anthus spinoletta
From Birds Kuwait 2012

And some Namaqua Doves (the most I've ever seen together in one spot)
Namaqua Dove, Kaptäubchen, Oena capensis
From Birds Kuwait 2012

And a bunch of busy bees Spanish sparrows

Spanish Sparrow, Weidensperling, Passer hispaniolensis
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Whereas the Starlings and Crested Larks were taking a break.

Starling (Common / European), Star, Sturnus vulgaris
From Birds Kuwait 2012

Crested Lark, Haubenlerche, Galerida cristata
From Birds Kuwait 2012
One peculiar thing about the Pivot fields is probably the Crocodile pond.
There was a Moorhenn hiding somewhere and some Cattle Egrets took off when we came,
Chiffchaffs were singing in the trees.
Crocodile pond at Pivot fields
From Kuwait

Yes. With crocodiles.
Crocodile pond at Pivot fields
From Kuwait
The fields belong to the Amir's son and so do these crocs.

There were also sheep and some camels.

From Kuwait
From Kuwait

To enter the fields you need a permission, but you can drive along the fence line
and see some of the birds, especially during migration.
Be aware of hunters though.

Pivot fields
From Kuwait

I enjoyed my day very much - a great Thanks to Pekka for taking me!




Birdcount

Pivot fields


3 Hen Harrier (2 fem / 1 male) (Lifer)
2+ Greater spotted Eagle (Lifer)
4+ Isabelline Shrike
7+ Namaqua dove
60+ Spanish Sparrows
55+ Lapwing
80+ Skylark (Lifer)
10+ Crested Lark
20+ Water Pipit
30+ White Wagtail
Moorhenn (sound)
Chiffchaff (sound)
6+ Cattle Egret
16+ Starling
2 Common Kestrel

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