25/4/2011 at Jahra Pool Reserve

I visited today Jahra Pool Reserve with many foreign visitors including people from Spain, Finland and Germany. Management of the reserve has improved a lot in terms of controlling water levels. Therefore the wildlife has benefitted so much.

One of the highlights in the reserve is observing crakes. One can easily find  and photograph Spotted, Little and Baillon’s crakes. As  a bonus one can occassionally see Purple Swamp-hen and White-tailed Lapwing etc. One speciality is a big number of Red-necked Phalaropes up to 500 during spring migration. Today we also observed one Grag Martin.

Spotted Crake Porzana porzana مُرَعَةٌ رَقْطَاءُ
Little Crake Zapornia parva مُرَعَةٌ صَغِيرَةٌ
Baillon's Crake perching on ground
Baillon’s Crake Zapornia pusilla مُرَعَةٌ بَيْلَوْنِيَّةٌ
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus فَلَرُبْ أَحْمَرُ رَقَبَةٍ
Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris عَوْهَّقٌ جُرُفِيٌّ أَوْرَاسِيٌّ
Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens دَخْنَاءُ هِنْدِيَّةٌ