09/05/2021 at Al Abraq

River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis
River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis دُخَّلَةٌ نَهْرِيَّةٌ

This morning I received a text message from Neil, saying he found 6 River Warblers. This species is difficult to see and I only saw it once so decided to try to find this species and get some photographs for my blog if possible. when I entered the farm, went to the canopy and once I stepped into the dense grasses I flushed two River Warblers, one went to perch on a bush 10m in front of me. I took a number of photographs before it flew into the grass again. There were many Great Reed Warblers, Blackcaps and Red-backed Shrike. I then flushed many River Warblers that flew directly into the grass or perched on a branch and soon drop to the ground and they weren’t collaborating with me. As I started to leave then suddenly there was one River Warbler on a branch standing still which allowed me to take some good photographs of it.
All in all, it wasn’t so bad as I was expecting, and there it is me going back home with good photographs of River Warbler that I’ve never dreamt of.

Abraq Al-Habari:

Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus  2, Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides  1, Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax  2, Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus  1, Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus  4, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio  8, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus  1, Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus  1, Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris  3, Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus  10, River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis  11 , Sand Martin Riparia riparia  6, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica  33, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus  3, Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla  26, Garden Warbler Sylvia borin  2, Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis  1, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata  9, White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis  3, Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos  4, Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus  5.