This was a boys birding morning when my son Jaden joined Neil Tovey and I to check for migrating raptors. We were at Khuwaisat just as the sun started peeping over the the Gulf; sadly so were quite a few shooters - although most seemed to be targeting Quail judging by the volume of the calls that were being played out of boom boxes to attract these diminutive game birds.
|One not so lucky Quail; big gun for such a small bird!|
|Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciatus)|
There were a few larger raptors that had also roosted overnight, from a distance these were Greater Spotted Eagles.
|Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)|
|Migrating Steppe Buzzard (Buteo b. vulpinus)|
|Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)|
|European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)|
Nevertheless, we worked the Farm, finding a few Pallid Harriers
|Male Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)|
|Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)|
|Darkling Beetle from Kuwait|
|Schmidt's Fringed-toed Lizard (Acanthodactylus schmidti)|
|Winter plumage Little Stint (Calidris minuta)|
|Dunlin (Calidris alpina)|
|Juvenile Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio p. poliocephalus)|