Kuwait (KU)   Hot and Blustery  -  Categories: Photographs  -  @ 10:20:38

Week 27 - 03 July 2010, Jahra Pools Reserve and SAANR

With school holidays, moving apartments and helping my family prepare for their long summer/winter holiday in South Africa, there hasnt been much time for birding. We have also had hot, blustery winds blowing for the past week and as it turned out, was good for bringing in some early autumn migrants. Images by Mike Pope

The temperatures have dropped a little from the "official" super-heated 54 degrees recorded in the week of the summer solstice, but it is still hot out there. I was out at the wrong time of day for photography and you know that when, it gets too hot to hold your camera. I stopped at Jahra Pools and water levels were respectable, birds were about but sheltering from the wind. Many first winter Yellow Wagtails have now returned and I saw this Red-throated Pipit and wandered if it is on passage with its damage leg, or remained through the spring?

Red-throated Pipit

A small flock of 4 Mallards flushed as I drove down a small road away from the main pan


even with fluctuating water levels, Purple Gallinules can still be seen

Purple Gallinule

The Black-winged Stilts have had a successful breeding season at Jahra Pools, these juveniles now coming of age

Black-winged Stilts

As have the White-tailed Lapwings, famous for being the first confirmed breeding record for Kuwait

White-tailed Lapwing

There were large numbers of Black-crowned Finch Larks present, many in various stages of moult

Black-crowned Finch Lark

I noticed a more rufous looking small lark and was finally able to get some images confirming that it was a juvenile Dunn's Lark

Dunn's Lark

Dunn's Lark

3 Collared Pratincoles, also in moult, were seen amongst the Lapwings and Stilts

Collared Pratincole

Waders were well represented with - Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

A few scattered groups of Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

A single Little Stint

Little Stint

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

and a Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper

From here I drove to SAANR around midday and spent a little time at the Tuhla pool - a juvenile Kestrel dropped in to drink and cool down

Common Kestrel

Crested Larks are abundant around the pool over the summer, standing in the water, lying in the shade - anything to keep cool and regulate their temperatures

Crested Lark

My last stop was at the pan in the wadi where evaporation is a big challenge. However, there is some water to attract the birds. Again, it was larks that were the predominant species at this location. More Black-crowned Finch Larks were seen.

Black-crowned Finch Lark

Juvenile and adult Hoopoe Larks alternated between standing in the available shade and the water

Hoopoe Lark

It was interesting to observe how the different species try to keep cool. I guess that moulting during summer also assists in keeping cool, as there is more airflow through the feathers. Many species just stand very still to conserve energy and others lie in small scrapes with wings outstretched like this moutling Bar-tailed Lark

Bar-tailed Lark

A single juvenile Namaqua Dove was seen

Namaqua Dove

The Kentish Plover chicks seen on the last visit are now independent

Kentish Plover

A family of Cream-coloured Coursers came running in - but stayed at the edge of the water seep, standing very still for a long time

Cream-coloured Courser


South Africa (ZA)   2008 Kuwait Bird Report  -  Categories: Annual Kuwait Bird Reports  -  @ 10:19:43 am

Kuwait Bird Report 2008

To view click HERE


The purpose of the annual bird report is to document bird occurrences and their habitats in
Kuwait from 01 January to 31 December 2008.
This report lists all the birds that have been seen in Kuwait during 2008 as reported to the
Kuwait Environment Protection Society, Ornithological Society of Kuwait (OSK) and the
Kuwait Ornithological Rarity Committee (KORC). All the records in this report have been
validated, adjudicated and accepted by KORC.


Although we are almost at the end of 2009, this is report has been delayed because of the
time it takes in gathering records and sightings from individuals websites, birders lists,
adjudicating them and inputting the records into the Kuwait Birds Database to produce an
accurate report.
The Kuwait Ornithological Rarities Committee has again worked very hard this year and
reviewed and accepted 33 records out of 37 completed KORC Forms that have been
submitted to KORC.
This report has been consolidated and created from 4785 records that have been collected
from many sightings and submitted records by many bird watchers and visitors during the
2008 year. All these records have been added to Kuwait Birds Database.
There has been growth in the number of Kuwaiti birdwatchers and photographers and
together with international visitors; Kuwait’s profile and status is gaining momentum as a
birding hot spot especially during the exciting spring and autumn migration. This in turn
has raised the birding ‘profile’ of Kuwait in the international birding world and as a direct
result; this coverage has produced more records and sightings which improved the overall
birding picture of Kuwait. However, this fantastic local and international exposure has
highlighted the importance of more stringent conservation and protection policies to ensure
this marvel called migration can be sustained and continue to be enjoyed by future
generations and the growing number of local and international birders who come to Kuwait
to enjoy this rewarding pastime.
As a result of this increase in observers, there has been an increase in the number of new
records and new firsts for Kuwait. Five (5) new birds have been added to Kuwait list as
opposed to four (4) of the year 2007. Twenty eight (28) vagrant species have been recorded
this year as opposed to twenty (20) of last year.
Although Kuwait enjoyed good birding this year, even more indiscriminate and
unnecessary bird shooting has been seen by local and visiting birders. This has annoyed
and frustrated the visiting birders who did not expect to see this in Kuwait, especially since
Kuwait Bird Report 2008
the neighbouring countries has much less bird shooting than in Kuwait which are enforced
with more formal and regulated conservation and hunting policies.
The report also documents some of our initiatives to improve conservation awareness and
the need for bird habitat protection together with minimizing habitat destruction.
One of OSK’s key objectives is to collectively work toward conservation and protection of
birds and their habitat whilst making inroads to educate the public in being more aware of
the need for protection, conservation and pride in the natural heritage that Kuwait, as a
desert state has to offer.


Kuwait (KU)   Annotated Kuwait Checklist  -  Categories: KORC Kuwait Checklist  -  @ 10:05:47

Kuwait Annotated Checklist of Birds
Compiled by: A Al-Sirhan, KORC Secretary
20 June 2010
The Kuwait Annotated Checklist of Birds follows OSME Region List and its nomenclature and is
validated, endorsed and approved by Kuwait Ornithological Rarities Committee (KORC). It aims
to be the most current and definitive checklist for Kuwait. It will be reviewed and updated after
every KORC meeting, as new species are added and submitted Rarity Forms adjudicated.
It draws heavily on past records published by George Gregory (Gregory 2005), Kuwait list 2008
(Gregory 2008), the late Charles Pilcher’s Kuwait database that includes all past records from 1935
up to 2003 and all published Annual Bird Reports from 2001-2008 .
KORC is still reviewing past records and collecting data to ensure the checklist is as accurate as
possible. It is also documenting new records, collecting and authenticating completed KORC
Forms submitted from observers, and maintaining a Kuwait Bird Sightings database that up to now
includes 37835 sightings.
The status of each bird is stated under each species’ name and is what KORC has agreed based on
current knowledge. The Highest Daily Count (HDC) is stated under the status is taken from the last
published Kuwait Bird Report and is updated before the next Kuwait Bird Report is published.
Calculating the HDC involves collecting, collating and adding data to the database to calculate the
maximum daily count.
KORC has agreed that Rarity Reports must be submitted for the first 15 sightings of all vagrants
recorded and once that number has been reached then the status of that species will be reviewed
and possibly revised.

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South Africa (ZA)   KORC Kuwait 2010 Checklist  -  Categories: KORC Kuwait Checklist  -  @ 06:32:11 pm

KORC Kuwait 2010 Checklist

For Excel version please email Mike Pope


French (FR)   Trip report in French - KOWEÏT du 10 au 17 avril 2009  -  Categories: Trip Reports  -  @ 07:31:50

TO view Report - PDF file please CLICK HERE

Note the date display is in French format (04/10/09)= 10th May 2009

09 avril 2009 : Vols Bruxelles-Londres et Londres-Kuwait City. Départ à 17h40.

10 avril 2009 : Arrivée à Kuwait City Airport vers 06h30. La fatigue est de mise après une nuit sans sommeil mais l’excitation est bien là aussi. Formalités de douane et de visa puis accueil vers 08h00 par un ornitho finlandais établi au Koweït, Pekka Fagel. Il nous prend en charge pour deux jours dans sa Mitsubishi Pajero et va nous faire visiter une belle série de sites. Je profite de l’occasion pour le remercier car sans lui, découvrir les accès aux sites eut été beaucoup plus difficile ! De plus, nous avions nettement sous-estimé les distances et les durées pour passer d’un site à l’autre. Merci Pekka ! Le premier site visité est celui de Jahra Farms où le Rollier indien ne se montre pas ! Des migrateurs en tous genres y abondent cependant. Nous partons ensuite pour un circuit vers l’ouest puis vers le sud-est : Sulaibikhat Nature Reserve, Doha

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