30/10/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve

Osprey 1, Black-crowned Night Heron 5, Eurasian Coot 55, Mallard 2, Pied Kingfisher 2, White=throated Kingfisher 2, Common Kingfisher 1, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater 25, Little-ringed Plover 2, Ruff 1, Marsh Sandpiper 1, Little Stint 12, Spotted Eagle 2, Spanish Sparrow 300, Western Great Egret 37, Eurasian Oystercatcher 30, Caspian Tern 37, Caspian Gull 3, Steppe Gull 30, Heuglin’s Gull 2, White-tailed Lapwing 1, Grey-headed Swamphen 8, Daurian Shrike 2, Marsh Harrier 1.

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus

18/10/2014 at Messila Beach

Birds at the coastal areas were the usual birds at this time of year. I saw the following:

Common Tern 20, Lesser Crested Tern 4, Gull-billed Tern 2, Sandwich Tern 4 , Heuglin’s Gull 2, Baltic Gull 1, Dunlin 10, Common Redshank 7, Common Ringed Plover 12, Greater Sand Plover 8, Little Stint 32, Kentish Plover 5

Heuglin’s Gull is the largest large white-headed gull in Kuwait while Baltic is the smallest, note the size contrast below.

Heuglin’s Gull Larus (fuscus/heuglini) heuglini left and Baltic Gull Larus fuscus right, note the size difference.

Heuglins and Baltic Gulls

26/09/2014 at Jahra Pool Reresve

I visited the reserve with Jennifer Baran this morning. Our first record was Purrple Swamphen family – two parents and three chicks. I managed to get some pictures when a parent was feeding his/her chick. Jahra Pool Reserve is perfect place to this species and breeding is common. Other notably birds were Egytian Vulture and Booted Eagle. We saw a flock of Collared Pratincoles and one Wryneck too.

Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) preparing to feed a chick


Purple Swamphen feeding the chick


Purple Swamphen chick happy with given food


Booted Eagle (Hieraetus pennatus)


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.