25/02/2016 at Jahra PoolReserve

Neil Tovey and Markus Graig found Indian Pond Heron in the reserve and kindly asked me to visit. They knew that this species is my bogey bird. Neil got confirmation from U.A.E. expert stating that the bird is indeed Indian Pond Heron. This is 3rd. record for Kuwait if accepted by KORC.

Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

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Indian Pond Heron

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09/01/2016 at Kabd Reserve

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata) 300+, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) 20,  Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) 8,  Greater Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) 5,  Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) 30, Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 5, Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti) 2.

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)

 

Winter souvenirs from Finland between Xmas holidays and New Years Day

I managed to twitch Azure Tit and in the same place where other interesting birds showed up too. The place is in the city of Helsinki!

Azure Tit (Parus cyanus) Note that the crown is completely white and thus there is no risk to hybrid between Blue Tit (Parus caerulus)

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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor)

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White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos)

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Female Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

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25/12/2015 Lesser Flamingo 4th record if accepted by KORC

A lesser Flamingo was seen today at Sulaibikhat Bay. I rushed there to see this beautiful bird with a Greater Flamingo flock as usual and managed few photographs.

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

04/12/2015 at Abdaly farms and 05/12/2015 Khiran resort entrance area

We visited Abdaly farms yesterday in hope to see Afghan Babblers and indeed we found quite easily 6 birds from traditional site. Today’s highlight was Eversmann’s Redstart which was found by Mike Pope. Stunning male made everybody happy. It was three years ago when we had last time this bird in Kuwait.

Afghan Babbler (Turdoides caudatus huttoni)

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Eversmann’s Redstart (Phoenicurus erythronotus)

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