19/09/2014 at Jahra Pool Reserve

At JPR migration is going on. Today I saw 8 turtle doves, several raptors and also resident birds like kingfishers. White Pelican seemed to be around too. It is sad that uncontrolled hunting has shrinked Turtle Dove population from thousandss to singles. Although reresves like JPR give protection for birds still break ins by shooters are far too common. Shooting indiscriminently everything possible is a problem of relatively small number of people.  All visiting birders are horrified of that. This gives very bad image of Kuwait. I just hope that we could get rid of that unciviliced manner.

Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)


Turtle Dove


White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)


Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)


White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)


09/09/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve

Kentish Plover 231, Northern Shoveler 40, Northern Pintail 1, Garganey 30, Eurasian Teal 1, Common Quail 1, Little Grebe 29, Greater Flamingo 2, Grey Heron 4, Little Egret 18, Cattle Egret 2, Squacco Heron 10, European Honey Buzzard 2, Crested Honey Buzzard 1, Pallid Harrier 1, Montagu’s Harrier 1, Black Kite 3, Steppe Buzzard 1, Long-legged Buzzard 3, Common Moorhen 25, Eurasian Coot 27, Stone Curlew 1, Black-winged Stilt 4, Pied Avocet 2, Grey Plover 14, Greater Sand Plover 2, Common Ringed Plover 18, Little Ringed Plover 1, Terek Sandpiper 1, Green Sandpiper 2, Eurasian Curlew 11, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Ruff 3, Broad-billed Sandpiper 4, Curlew Sandpiper 2, Dunlin 147, Little Stint 20, Slender-billed Gull 8, Steppe Gull 1, Caspian Tern 2, White-winged Tern 5, Whiskered 2, Eurasian Collared Dove 8,  Namaqua Dove 1, White-throated Kingfisher 1, Eurasian Hoopoe 2, Daurian Shrike 2, Turkestan Shrike 1, Mauryan Grey Shrike 4, Masked Shrike 1, Greater Short-toed Lark 13, Sand Martin 44, Graceful Prinia 2, Spotted Flycatcher 6, Isabelline Wheatear 10.

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus

Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus

08/09/2014 at Jahra East Outfall

Garganey 120, Northern Shoveler 20, Eurasian Wigeon 1, Cattle Egret 1, Grey Heron 20, Dunlin 30, Terek Sandpiper 1, Little Stint 20, Black-winged Kite 1, Crested Honey Buzzard 1, European Honey Buzzard 2, Little Grebe 10, Moorhen 10, Little Crake 1, Barn Swallow 20, Sand Martin 30, Montagu’s Harrier 2,  Marsh Harrier 2, Long-legged Buzzard 7, Eurasian Coot 5, Greater Short-toed Lark 8, Wood Sandpiper 1, Red-backed Shrike 1, Woodchat Shrike 2, Masked Shrike 3, Daurian Shrike 3, Mauryan Grey Shrike 2.

Garganey Anas querquedula

Garganey Anas querquedula

Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus vociferous

Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus  vociferous

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus adult dark morph.

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus

Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus

Montagu's Harrier	Circus pygargus

15/06/2014 at Jahra Pool Reserve and on Boybiyan Island

In the morning I visited with Roeland Bom, who has studied Crab Plovers in Oman, in Jahra Pool Reserve. Our main target Boubiyan Island was to come by midday so we had time in the morning for ordinary birdwatching. Surprisingly we found at least 4 Hypocolius which is very unusual in the mid of June. We managed to see also Cream-coloured Courser which was lifer for Roeland along with Hypocolius so the morning was satisfactory. At midday we med Khaled Alnasrallah and his cousin Nasser Alnasrallah at Subia ready to head to Boubiyan Island by boat. We saw huge colonies of Crab Plovers say several thousand pairs. We managed to see first chicks of the year and study their burrows. The trip was by all means a big success. On our way back Khaled showed us two pelicans which were Dalmatian Pelicans.

Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor)


Crab Plovers (Dromas ardeola)


Crab Plover chick


Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)


Dalmatian Pelican



02/05/2014 at Kabd

Kabd is pretty good place for migrants. This time of the year different shrikes are on the move as well as many warblers. Red-backed Shrike is especially common at the moment. I saw c. 20 of them. The best season will be soon over. However, it is always enjoyable to see Upcher’s Warblers and European Rollers in good numbers around. I came across with European Nightjar too.

Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)


Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)


Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)


Upcher’s Warbler (Hippolais languida) Note how this species moves it’s tail side wise and often fans it too. Pale-edged secondaries form some sort of pale panel on the wing.


European Roller (Coracias garrulus)


European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) I will never stop wondering how nightjars rely on their camouflage.


15/04/2014 Several visiting birders going to Mutla’a Ranch. Abdaly Farms and Jahra Pool Reserve

We have 14 visiting birders at the moment in Kuwait.  We expats as well as Kuwaiti birders try to help visitors as much as possible. Today we managed to see Crested Honey Buzzard at Mutla”a Ranch where we had Cinerious bunting too. Main target was Afghan babblers which we saw well in Abdaly farms.  At the end of the day we visited again Jahra Pool Reserve where Swedish team spotted Streak-throated Swallow originally on April 13 th. We relocated the bird(s) again with better views. It has been discussed whether we had one or two birds. There is no firm conclusion yet about this.

Male Crested Homey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)


27-28/03/2014 at Al-Abraq and Khiran

27/03/2014 at Al-Abraq:

Little Egret 11,Squacco Heron 10, Black-crowned Night-Heron 7, Pallid Harrier 2, Turkestan Shrike 3,  Common Chiffchaff 7, Eurasian Blackcap 4, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Semi-collared Flycatcher 5, Common Redstart 12, Mauryan Grey Shrike 1, Caspian Stonechat 3, Namaqua Dove 1.

28/03/2014 at Khiran:

Hypocolius 15, White-throated Robin 1, Daurian Shrike 2, Turkestan Shrike 3, Lesser Whitethroat 6, Manetries’s Warbler 3, Blue Rock Thrush 1,  White-eared Bulbul 10.

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata 

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis female

White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis

Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus 

Hypocolius ampelinus

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) variegatus male

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) variegatus

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) variegatus female

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola (maurus) variegatus