07/10/11

South Africa (ZA)   Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City  -  Categories: Photographs  -  @ 08:12:43 pm

Week 28 - 09 July 2011, Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City

I had arranged to conduct the July census with Anand, the marine biologist at Sea City (formerly known as Khiran Pearl City). Unfortunately, the high summer temps did not provide ideal weather, so we had dust and gusting wind out on the boat. Images by Mike Pope


We headed out to sea to check Phase A2 before the sea got too rough. We stopped at the last buoy and counted 21 juvenile Socotra Cormorants, this is the 2nd highest daily count which is really encouraging.

Socotra Cormorant


Part of the group of 21 birds on the buoy.

Socotra Cormorant


Socotra Cormorant


I didnt expect to see much else in this poor weather, plus the majority of the Terns were all still breeding on Kubbar. I did find a single Little and Lesser-crested Tern as well as a late Collared Pratincle. On the way to the new site office, we stopped at a water seep and found a single Hoopoe Lark

Hoopoe Lark


As well as a mixed flock of 13 adult and juvenile Cream-coloured Coursers

Cream-coloured Coursers


South Africa (ZA)   Breeding Terns  -  Categories: Photographs  -  @ 07:55:31 pm

Week 26 - 24 June 2011, Kubbar Island

A belated post, but we had the opportunity to visit Kubbar Island at the start of the summer holidays. Unfortunately we only arrived around noon and found that the island was inundated with people who had come over for a Jet Ski competition, on what should be a protected island at this critical time of year. Images by Mike Pope


There were a mixture of birds still on eggs and others with ravenous and demanding young birds. They were surely stressed with all the people continuously putting them to flight, so hopefully there were no fatalaties. Almost all of the Bridled Terns were still eggs and doing their usual antics with wetting their belly feathers to assist with egg temperature regulation. I caught this one returning to it's nest

Bridled Tern


The majority of White-cheeked Terns had young of various ages, with just a few still on eggs that would be hatching imminently. Those with young were on the beach, I'm guessing that is cooler than where their nests were. Here an adult looking for it's young in amongst those on the beach

White-cheeked Tern


Stop teasing Mom and give me my food!

White-cheeked Tern


Watching over the young

White-cheeked Tern


I walked to the Eastern side of the island to check the Lesser-crested Tern colony and had this bird show it's displeasure when I was still a long way off

Lesser-crested Tern


On the sharp side of a Lesser-crested Tern at speed

Lesser-crested Tern


About 70% of the colony were still on eggs

Lesser-crested Tern


This one with a fish at the ready, as soon as the chick asks for it

Lesser-crested Tern


Lesser-crested are still one of the 'coolest' Terns

Lesser-crested Tern


Last year 2 pairs of Swift Terns nested for the first time in 23-years, so I was delighted and encouranged to see 5-pairs in this colony. I'm not sure how many were in the other 2 colonies that I didnt have time to check

Swift Tern


It is interesting to note that both Swift and Lesser-crested share the same breeding area without aggravating each other

Swift Tern


An adult Swift Tern coming in to incubate it's eggs

Swift Tern


On the way back to the mainland, we found this expired Dragonfly on the boat - not sure yet which species this is

Dragonfly



06/12/11

South Africa (ZA)   Cheerio Brian  -  Categories: Photographs  -  @ 01:11:24 pm

Week 23 - 10 June 2011, Jahra East Outfall, Jahra Pool and Pivot Fields

My birding colleague and friend Brian Foster is retiring and departing Kuwait when school finishes later this month. Brian is the person who I have known the longest in Kuwait and who has shared and taught me a lot with respect to western Palearctic birding. As I am travelling for most of the rest of June, we took this opportunity to enjoy our last Kuwait birding outing together, despite the less than ideal conditions. Images by Mike Pope


We were at Jahra East Outfall by 6am, but the high tide wasnt quite high enough. No sign of the Red Knot in the blustery and dusty conditions - although still some diversity in terms of waders present. The next stop was Jahra Pool, which produced very little, so we opted to head to the Pivot Fields. We can safely say that Spring migration is over, but we did still find a late male Lesser Kestrel (note the pale claws)

Lesser Kestrel


We also found a Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole


followed by a second bird that appeared superficially darker with a less than obvious red underwing. The very faded white trailing edge was only obvious once the image was processed which then confirmed it as Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole


We decided to call it a day, as the wind picked up and started blowing more dust. On the way out we picked up a medium sized flock of Black-crowned Sparrow Larks

Black-crowned Sparrow Lark


06/06/11

South Africa (ZA)   Rarites galore  -  Categories: Annual Kuwait Bird Reports  -  @ 03:00:32 pm

Week 22 - 04 June 2011, Sulaibikhat and Jahra East Outfall

The end of Spring Migration has provided some amazing rarties in Kuwait, starting with the Pied Stonechat, a 1st for Kuwait in late May. Images by Mike Pope


This was followed by the 3rd record of Long-tailed Skua seen at Jahra Pools and then on 01 June 2011, Rashed Al-Hajji discovered a Red Knot, the 2nd record for Kuwait - but more amazingly is that the first record was seen way back in 1962! On the same day, Artic Tern (the bird associated with the longest migration flight on record) dropped in at Jahra East Outfall giving us Kuwaiti birders much to be pleased about. I was only able to get out on the Saturday, but bad weather the preceeding days gave some hope that birds were still grounded. I stopped first at Sulaibikhat Bay and found 2 Arctic Terns in the company of Little and Sandwich Terns (sadly, too distant for a photograph). On the way out to Jahra East Outfall found this quizzical Blue-headed Agama

Blue-headed Agama


The 4m high tide was still pushing in when I arrived at JEO, together with many of the other Kuwait birders. We easily found the Red Knot resplendent in breeding plumage and looking rather plump and overfed amongst the other smaller and sleeker looking waders. We enjoyed watching it as it slowly edged closer on the incoming tide, but never quite close enough for my 400mm

Red Knot


Red Knot


Red Knot


I couldnt stay as long as I had hoped, but 2 new birds in a morning's outing was very satisfying. Just as I was leaving I noticed this distant Curlew with an obscenely long bill. My guess it is either a female European Curlew or orientalis sub-species. I never got to see the rump colour.....but my mind did wonder

Curlew



06/01/11

South Africa (ZA)   Rarity search continues  -  Categories: Annual Kuwait Bird Reports  -  @ 11:39:12 am

Week 21 - 27 May 2011, Jahra Pools and later Sharq Harbour

The Pied Bush Chat (a first for Kuwait) was seen again at Jahra Pools Reserve yesterday, so after my son's golf lessons we were back at Jahra Pools in search of this mega. Images by Mike Pope


Again I was unsuccessful, but we believe it to still be present but elusive. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed the few remaining Red-necked Phalarope females that are almost all in full breeding plumage

Red-necked Phalarope


Red-necked Phalarope


Red-necked Phalarope


Later in the week, I stopped for 30-minutes early in the morning at Sharq Harbour, on the way to having my car serviced. No gulls at all, but did have an adult and juvenile Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern


Sandwich Tern


An unexpected surprise was a single Socotra Cormorant (a rare summer visitor to Kuwait) that was really enjoying a bath and wash in the sea, before it flapped off laboriously with a hop, skip and jump to go an dry out on one of the harbour buoys

Socotra Cormorant


Socotra Cormorant


Socotra Cormorant


Socotra Cormorant


Socotra Cormorant


Socotra Cormorant


Socotra Cormorant



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