04/08/09

South Africa (ZA)   The Western Desert  -  Categories: Photographs  -  @ 08:33:43 pm

Week 14 - 02 April 2009, Al Abraq

Simon Price and I decided to head west to Al Abraq to check what the southern winds had brought in after some good rains, by desert standards. It also gave me the opportunity to test a 300mm f/2.8 kindly lent to me by Abdulrahman which I coupled to a 1.4 converter. Images by Mike Pope


A Common Buzzard just before the oasis that had spent the night roosting on the deck

Lesser Common Buzzard

There were numerous Common Redstarts present, but not many of the samamisicus race

Common Redstart

We came across a male Semi collared Flycatcher that was catching emerging insects in the area where we parked our car

Semi collared Flycatcher

Semi collared Flycatcher

Many Hoopoes are still present in most locations in Kuwait

Hoopoe

Small passerines are still dominated by Lesser Whitethroats, but in between them we found Menetries Warbler

Menetries Warbler

and Orphean Warbler which was quite a challenge to photograph

Orphean Warbler

Red throated Pipits are still the predominant pipit during this time of migration

Red throated Pipit

A calling Cuckoo alerted us to its presence. This is the first time I have heard one calling here in Kuwait

Cuckoo

Cuckoo

For some reason I was challenged by what I think is a Great Reed Warbler, as it's jizz didnt quite fit the bird itself

Great Reed Warbler

A Western Reef Heron looked quite out of place in the middle of the desert

Western Reef Heron

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