South Africa (ZA)   Mega Rarity at Zour Port  -  Categories: Rarities  -  @ 08:35:50 am

Week 15, 10 April 2008 - Zour Port

A Lesser Frigatebird (probably ssp iredalei) was been seen and photographed late in the afternoon at Zour Port in southern Kuwait by visiting English birders. A national first and as we understand, the 4th Western Palearctic record and the first away from Israel (birds at Eilat on 1st December 1997, 6th May 1999 and 16th April 2005).Images by Lee Gregory

This first for Kuwait was an exciting and totally unexpected bird that turned up while the group were searching for Socotra Cormarant and fortunately it was captured digitally by Lee. Unfortunately it has not been relocated since then.

Lesser Frigatebird

Lesser Frigatebird

Lesser Frigatebird


South Africa (ZA)   A Mega start to 2008  -  Categories: Rarities  -  @ 08:48:45 am

Week 2, 11 January 2008 - Subiya

Rashed Al-Hajji on 5 January 08, continued his good form in locating the first mega of 2008 for both Kuwait and Western Palearctic, in the form of 2 Purple Sunbirds.

Purple Sunbirds are breeding residents in northern Oman and the United Arab Emirates. This record possibly constitute a range extension from either eastern province of Saudi Arabia or Iran. There are no records from Saudi Arabia, so this could probably be a western expansion from Iran and the very cold winter being experienced in Iran currently, could be further reason for this 'expansion'to the west. Images by Mike Pope

Brian Foster, Pekka Fagel and I headed out to Subiya in less than ideal conditions - very cold, overcast with some drizzle, not considered ideal for Sunbird watching in our opinion. Once we found the site, it was difficult to comprehend that this was where the sunbirds would be found. This image gives you an idea of the sparse habitat, made up of flowering Lycium Bushes

Sunbird Habitat in Subiya

A close up of the Lycium Bush showing the small and delicate flowers that only appear in winter

Tamerisk Flowers

This appears to be a juvenile Purple Sunbird, showing the yellow base to the bill

Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird

These images of the same bird are by Pekka Fagel. Today, we were only able to photograph one of the two birds present

Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird

Cold and satisfied twitchers, after successfully finding the Purple Sunbird. From the right; Mike Pope (SA), Pekka Fagel (Finland and impervious to the cold) and Brian Foster (UK)

Hapy Twitchers


South Africa (ZA)   Jahra East delivers yet again  -  Categories: Rarities  -  @ 01:41:39 pm

Week 49 - Jahra East Outfall

Great winter birds were seen and photographed at Jahra East during the last week of November. Images by Rashed Al-Hajji and Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan

On the 29th November 07, Rashed was fortunate enough to photograph a splendid Redwing


Also on the 29th November 07, Abdulrahman missed the Redwing but got onto a Moustached Warbler singing in the reedbed

Moustached Warbler

Rashed photograhped a male Reed Bunting on 30th November 07. Typically the bird was in the reeds, Rashed then found a female the following day

Reed Bunting

On 1 December 07 Abdulrahman photographed a Blyth's Reed Warbler, an exciting discovery and the 3rd record for Kuwait with the last record recorded in 1971

Blyth's Reed Warbler


South Africa (ZA)   Jahra East - Hot Spot this winter  -  Categories: Rarities  -  @ 08:39:25 am

Week 46 and 47, November 07 - Jahra East Outfall

Just when we thought birding was quietening down for winter, Rashed and Adbulrahman reported a host of superb records from Jahra East. Rashed is our eyes on the ground at JEO and he has found and photogrpahed some really good birds at this site over the past year. These records are all subject to final acceptance by KORC. Images by Rashed Al-Hajji and Abdulrahman Al Sirhan

On 15 November, Rashed found and photographed the 2nd record of Calandra Lark for Kuwait. Unfortunately the bird was not relocated on subsequent visits by those who missed it

Calandra Lark

On 18 November, Rashed found and photographed a Great Bittern, which is a fantastic record anywhere. Unfortunately the bird was also not relocated on subsequent visits by those who missed it

Great Bittern

22 November was a big day with two fantastic records. The first was a Golden Plover found and photogrpahed by Rashed and this is the 1st record of this species for Kuwait. Unfortunately this bird was not relocated on subsequent visits by those who missed it

Golden Plover

Golden Plover

The second record today was found and photogrpahed by Abdulrahman and this was a Buff bellied Pipit, in amongst many Water and Meadow Pipits. This is the 2nd record of this species for Kuwait. The bird was subsequently seen again by Mike and Brian, but was too far for any further photographs

Golden Plover

South Africa (ZA)   Jahra Pools  -  Categories: Rarities  -  @ 08:26:24 am

Week 46, 18 November 07 - Jahra Pools

A few Harriers were present and flying around Jahra Pools today. Image by Adbulmohsen Al Alsuraye

Abdulmosen photographed this Hen Harrier among other Harriers at Jahra Pool. Not a common passage bird through Kuwait and identified by the rounded wings with 5-fingers

Hen Harrier

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