Birds Sightings from Kuwait: owned and managed by AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan

01/10/2012 at Al Abraq Al Khabari

I arrived the site alone at 6.30 when light was just about acceptable for photographing. Later on Khaled Al Ghanim joined me. First I saw Cuckoo and then two Red-breasted Flycatchers showing that migration is going on. Even lonely White Wagtail speaks on it’s behalf. The most interesting bird was, however, Levant Sparrowhawk. I have seen it only once before in Kuwait and probably not so surprisingly in Al Abraq. This time I managed to get much better pics though. Once I met Khaled we tried to relocate Levant Sparrowhawk which didn’t work out but as a byproduct we found a juvenile Peregrine that I haven’t photographed in Kuwait so far. So this morning was more than satisfactory added with pictures of Booted Eagle and Greater Spotted Eagle. All in all the variety of raptors, 9 species, was magnificent others being Sparrowhawk 3, Pallid Harrier 3, Kestrel 1, Steppe Buzzard 5, Steppe Eagle 1 and Black Kite 1.

Juvenile Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Juvenile Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes)

Juvenile Levant Sparrowhawk

Juvenile Levant Sparrowhawk

Adult male Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Juvenile Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)

Juvenile Peregrine

Juvenile Peregrine

Dark morph Booted Eagle (Aquila pennatus)

Juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

1 Response

  1. Guy says:

    I have a doubt about the eagle you identified as a juv GSE. Can’t it be a juv steppe eagle because of the brown colour of the upperparts and the long gape ?