13/09/2013 at Al Abraq and Jahra Pool Reserve
Today was the day for raptors to migrate. Mostly they were Steppe Buzzards but among them I saw with Wade Macpherson some European Honey Buzzards and Pallid Harrier. Al Abraq was under heavy gun fire and it didn’t produce much. We saw 2 European Rollers, European Sparrowhawk, dead Black-shouldered Kite, few Ortolan Buntings and many Yellow Wagtails. On the way toward Jahra we saw the first flock of migrating Steppe Buzzards and I managed to photograph European Honey Buzzard. We saw loads more of Buzzards in Jahra Pool Reserve since they landed to drink.
Steppe Buzzards (Buteo b. vulpinus) soaring.
Adult male European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)