Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jahra Nature preserve

Birding trip part 3, January 10th 2012


From Kuwait 2012

The second stop on my birding day with Pekka Fagl was at the Jahra Nature preserve.

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Another place you can only get in when you have a certain permit.

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A good thing, because this keeps the hunters out - most times.

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I am not sure I placed it on the correct location on Google maps. These places are hard to find on the map :(

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We were greeted by an Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike, Isabellwürger, Lanius isabellinus
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and some Coot and Moorhenns, heard some Water Rail, but I didn't get to see one

Coot (Eurasian / Black / Common),  Bläßhuhn ( / Bläßralle / Bleßhuhn), Fulica atra
From Birds Kuwait 2012

Chiffchaff were there

Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita, Zilpzalp
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and we played 'Hide and Seek' with a Graceful Prinia

Graceful Prinia, Streifenprinie, Prinia gracilis
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Graceful Prinia, Streifenprinie, Prinia gracilis
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Graceful Prinia, Streifenprinie, Prinia gracilis
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A Bluethroat made a brief appearance

Bluethroat, Blaukehlchen, Luscinia svecica
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and a Water Pipit posed next to the car door for me

Water Pipit , Bergpieper, Anthus spinoletta
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Some Norther Shoveler had a Stop-over

Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata, Löffelente
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and some Black Kite and Lesser Spotted Eagles were looking for an easy Lunch, mixed with some Pallid Swift and Barn Swallows

Lesser spotted Eagle, Aquila pomarina, Schreiadler
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Saw some plants / bushes in bloom, thanks to the recent rain, I guess.
Pekka told me the name, but I forgot :(

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From Kuwait 2012
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He pointed out a Desert Warbler to me, but I was too slow for a decent shot.
A Stonechat was more obliging

Stonechat (Common), Schwarzkehlchen, Saxicola torquata
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and next we were surprised by some Flamingos. Mostly youngsters, except for one adult

Greater Flamingo, Rosa Flamingo, Phenicopterus ruber
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Greater Flamingo, Rosa Flamingo, Phenicopterus ruber
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and some Black-headed Gulls heading for the coastline

Black-headed Gull, Lachmöwe, Larus ridibundus
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And a huge flock of Penduline Tits teased us by flying always in front of the bright noon sun.
I managed to get a few record shots of yet another Lifer for the day ;)

Penduline Tit, Beutelmeise, Remiz pendulinus
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Penduline Tit, Beutelmeise, Remiz pendulinus
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Penduline Tit, Beutelmeise, Remiz pendulinus
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Penduline Tit, Beutelmeise, Remiz pendulinus
From Birds Kuwait 2012
Penduline Tit, Beutelmeise, Remiz pendulinus
From Birds Kuwait 2012

Penduline Tit, Beutelmeise, Remiz pendulinus
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Birdcount

8 Coot
3+ Moorhenn
3+ Water Rail (sound) (would be a Lifer, but I didn't get a photo)
3+ Graceful Prinia
2 Northern Shoveler (male)
2+ Isabelline Shrike
65 Black-headed Gulls
10+ Greater Flamingos (1 adult, rest Juveniles)
1 Bluethroat (male, N. European var. svecica)
3 Stonechat (2 male / 1 female)
2 Black Kite
1 Eagle
10+ Water Pipit
10+ White Wagtail
Chiffchaff (sound)
20+ Pallid Swift
8+ Barn Swallows
60+ Penduline Tit (Lifer)
1 Desert Warbler
1 Lesser spotted Eagle

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