30/09/2020 at Al Abraq
I arrived at Al Abraq at 6:30 to find both Mike Pope and Khaled Al-Ghanem arrived 30 minutes ahead of me.
We moved around then stopped in the shade watching raptors as they come and go. Some drop to drink, some stay by the water resting and some pass overhead only. Within 3 hours we have seen 10 raptor species.
It is interesting to see two juvenile Crested Honey Buzzard in different morphs, dark and light morphs. We also had an Adult male Crested Honey Buzzard.
We also had a Black Kite. It is rare only mostly seen in Autumn migration, whereas Black-eared Kite arrive at the same time but many of them spend the winter in Kuwait.
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 4, Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 2, European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus 1, Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus 4, Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus 1, Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 4, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 2, Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 5, Asian Shikra Accipiter badius 1, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 4, Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus 15, Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 1, Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 2, Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo 2, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 2, Daurian Shrike Lanius isabellinus isabellinus 1, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 1, Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 4, Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 1, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 1, Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana 1.