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  4. <title>Birding Kuwait</title>
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  12. <title>Twitching a rarity</title>
  13. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/14_stub.php/2011/11/10/twitching_a_rarity</link>
  14. <pubDate>Thu, 10 Nov 2011 04:34:57 +0000</pubDate>
  15. <category domain="main">Photographs</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  16. <description>Week 40 - 08 October 2011, Pivot Fields
  17. There is nothing worse than getting news of a first and national rarity whilst you are away on a business trip, so I did not have hold high hopes that the bird would still be present when I headed out to Pivot Fields early on the Saturday - 3 days after it was found. Images by Mike Pope
  18.  
  19.  
  20. I would really like to thank Howard King for allowing me to publish images of Kuwait birds on his Website for the past 5-years and in doing so; increase the awareness and potential of birding in Kuwait, a country still considered by many to the within Western Palearctic. The archives for the past 5-year on this site will provide visitors and birders alike a glimpse of birding throughout the year specifically in terms of arrival and departure of migrants.
  21.  
  22. My Kuwait Blog has moved to a dedicated site for Kuwait Birding and can now be found at http://kuwaitbirding.blogspot.com/ should you be interested in continuing the Kuwait birding adventures.
  23.  
  24.  
  25.  
  26.  
  27.  
  28. An obliging Pied Wheatear posed nicely in the warm early morning sun
  29.  
  30.  
  31.  
  32.  
  33.  
  34. I caught this Hoopoe just before it disappeared out of the frame
  35.  
  36.  
  37.  
  38.  
  39. One of the Rollers was still around
  40.  
  41.  
  42.  
  43.  
  44. as were numerous Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, this an adult showing its magnificent colours
  45.  
  46.  
  47.  
  48.  
  49.  
  50. and a first year Blue-cheeked Bee-eater fattening up for its long journey south
  51.  
  52.  
  53.  
  54.  
  55.  
  56.  
  57.  
  58.  
  59.  
  60. I checked the spot where the Pectoral Sandpiper was seen earlier in the week by Rashed, but found only a Common Snipe
  61.  
  62.  
  63.  
  64.  
  65. and a juvenile Namaqua Dove
  66.  
  67.  
  68.  
  69.  
  70.  
  71.  
  72. The morning was starting to warm up as I explored other parts of the farm, finding Common Ringed Plover
  73.  
  74.  
  75.  
  76.  
  77.  
  78. A first year Daurian/Turkestan Shrike
  79.  
  80.  
  81.  
  82.  
  83. And a lone Lesser Grey Shrike
  84.  
  85.  
  86.  
  87.  
  88.  
  89. numbers of Black Kites were seen
  90.  
  91.  
  92.  
  93.  
  94.  
  95. a few Harriers were seen and I was able to photograph this Pallid Harrier
  96.  
  97.  
  98.  
  99.  
  100. and Marsh Harrier
  101.  
  102.  
  103.  
  104.  
  105. I found a Long-legged Buzzard, but they are way more skittish than the more common Steppe Buzzards
  106.  
  107.  
  108.  
  109.  
  110. By now it was just after 11am and I went back to check the field for the Pectoral Sandpiper, when I got a call from Khaled Al-Ghanem to say that it had returned to a small pool and was feeding. I got to the spot just before it was flushed by a Harrier, so was able to twitch this 1st for Kuwait. It took a lot more patience to finally get some decent photographs after waiting for it to return.
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  135. </description>
  136. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <h2>Week 40 - 08 October 2011, Pivot Fields</h2>
  137. <p>There is nothing worse than getting news of a first and national rarity whilst you are away on a business trip, so I did not have hold high hopes that the bird would still be present when I headed out to Pivot Fields early on the Saturday - 3 days after it was found. Images by Mike Pope</p>
  138. <p>I would really like to thank Howard King for allowing me to publish images of Kuwait birds on his Website for the past 5-years and in doing so; increase the awareness and potential of birding in Kuwait, a country still considered by many to the within Western Palearctic. The archives for the past 5-year on this site will provide visitors and birders alike a glimpse of birding throughout the year specifically in terms of arrival and departure of migrants. </p>
  139. <p>My Kuwait Blog has moved to a dedicated site for Kuwait Birding and can now be found at <a href="http://kuwaitbirding.blogspot.com/">http://kuwaitbirding.blogspot.com/</a> should you be interested in continuing the Kuwait birding adventures.</p>
  140. <p>
  141. <center><br />
  142. </p>
  143. <p>An obliging Pied Wheatear posed nicely in the warm early morning sun</p>
  144. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/PiedWheat_2060.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /><br />
  145. <br />
  146. <center></p>
  147. <p>I caught this Hoopoe just before it disappeared out of the frame</p>
  148. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/Hoopoe_2139.jpg" alt="Hoopoe" title="Hoopoe" /><br />
  149. <br />
  150. <center></p>
  151. <p>One of the Rollers was still around</p>
  152. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/EurRoll_2114.jpg" alt="European Roller" title="European Roller" /><br />
  153. <br />
  154. <center></p>
  155. <p>as were numerous Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, this an adult showing its magnificent colours</p>
  156. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/BCBEater_2073.jpg" alt="Blue-cheeked Bee-eater" title="Blue-cheeked Bee-eater" /><br />
  157. <br />
  158. <center></p>
  159. <p>and a first year Blue-cheeked Bee-eater fattening up for its long journey south</p>
  160. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/BCBEater_2171.jpg" alt="Blue-cheeked Bee-eater" title="Blue-cheeked Bee-eater" /><br />
  161. <br />
  162. <center></p>
  163. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/BCBEater_2161.jpg" alt="Blue-cheeked Bee-eater" title="Blue-cheeked Bee-eater" /><br />
  164. <br />
  165. <center></p>
  166. <p>I checked the spot where the Pectoral Sandpiper was seen earlier in the week by Rashed, but found only a Common Snipe</p>
  167. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/ComSnipe_2088.jpg" alt="Common Snipe" title="Common Snipe" /><br />
  168. <br />
  169. <center></p>
  170. <p>and a juvenile Namaqua Dove</p>
  171. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/NamDove_2130.jpg" alt="Namaqua Dove" title="Namaqua Dove" /><br />
  172. <br />
  173. <center></p>
  174. <p>The morning was starting to warm up as I explored other parts of the farm, finding Common Ringed Plover</p>
  175. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/CRPlover_2086.jpg" alt="Common Ringed Plover" title="Common Ringed Plover" /><br />
  176. <br />
  177. <center></p>
  178. <p>A first year Daurian/Turkestan Shrike</p>
  179. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/DaurShrike_2120.jpg" alt="Daurian/Turkestan Shrike" title="Daurian/Turkestan Shrike" /><br />
  180. <br />
  181. <center></p>
  182. <p>And a lone Lesser Grey Shrike</p>
  183. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/LGShrike_2083.jpg" alt="Lesser Grey Shrike" title="Lesser Grey Shrike" /><br />
  184. <br />
  185. <center></p>
  186. <p>numbers of Black Kites were seen</p>
  187. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/BlackKite_2238.jpg" alt="Black Kite" title="Black Kite" /><br />
  188. <br />
  189. <center></p>
  190. <p>a few Harriers were seen and I was able to photograph this Pallid Harrier</p>
  191. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/PalHarr_2124.jpg" alt="Pallid Harrier" title="Pallid Harrier" /><br />
  192. <br />
  193. <center></p>
  194. <p>and Marsh Harrier</p>
  195. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/MarshHarr_2105.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /><br />
  196. <br />
  197. <center></p>
  198. <p>I found a Long-legged Buzzard, but they are way more skittish than the more common Steppe Buzzards</p>
  199. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/LLBuzz_2123.jpg" alt="Long-legged Buzzard" title="Long-legged Buzzard" /><br />
  200. <br />
  201. <center></p>
  202. <p>By now it was just after 11am and I went back to check the field for the Pectoral Sandpiper, when I got a call from Khaled Al-Ghanem to say that it had returned to a small pool and was feeding. I got to the spot just before it was flushed by a Harrier, so was able to twitch this 1st for Kuwait. It took a lot more patience to finally get some decent photographs after waiting for it to return.</p>
  203. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/PecSand_2205.jpg" alt="Pectoral Sandpiper" title="Pectoral Sandpiper" /><br />
  204. <br />
  205. <center></p>
  206. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/PecSand_2203.jpg" alt="Pectoral Sandpiper" title="Pectoral Sandpiper" /><br />
  207. <br />
  208. <center></p>
  209. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/PecSand_2196.jpg" alt="Pectoral Sandpiper" title="Pectoral Sandpiper" /><br />
  210. <br />
  211. <center></p>
  212. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/MikePQ8/PecSand_2195.jpg" alt="Pectoral Sandpiper" title="Pectoral Sandpiper" /><br />
  213. <br />
  214. <center></p>
  215. <p></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center>
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  221. <title>A morning at the Pivot Fields</title>
  222. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/14_stub.php/2011/11/09/a_motrning_at_the_pivot_fields</link>
  223. <pubDate>Wed, 09 Nov 2011 04:39:26 +0000</pubDate>
  224. <category domain="main">Photographs</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  225. <description>Week 39 - 01 October 2011, Pivot Fields
  226. We have had a problem uploading images to the Blog and have only now found a workaround - so I can finally start posting my backlog from early October. Images by Mike Pope
  227.  
  228.  
  229.  
  230.  
  231.  
  232. I was at the farm early in the morning, where temperatures are now very pleasant. Just inside the gate I found a Common Snipe sitting quietly at a small pool of water
  233.  
  234.  
  235.  
  236.  
  237.  
  238. In the same area a few Great Reed Warblers were also quite active
  239.  
  240.  
  241.  
  242.  
  243.  
  244. As well as a Tree Pipit foraging in amongst the crops
  245.  
  246.  
  247.  
  248.  
  249.  
  250.  
  251.  
  252. The numbers of Steppe Buzzards are slowly increasing and a good few were found roosting on the pivots
  253.  
  254.  
  255.  
  256.  
  257.  
  258. A small group of Purple Herons flushed as I approached the Croc pond, where they had roosted overnight
  259.  
  260.  
  261.  
  262.  
  263.  
  264.  
  265. A Bonelli's Eagle has been at this location for sometime and I was surprised to see one come swooping in to try take out one of the unsuspecting Purple Herons - it was unsuccessful, but the Heron had it's wake-up call for the day
  266.  
  267.  
  268.  
  269.  
  270.  
  271. A Masked Shrike was seen in the cover of the acacia trees at the pond
  272.  
  273.  
  274.  
  275.  
  276.  
  277. As was a Spotted Flycatcher
  278.  
  279.  
  280.  
  281.  
  282.  
  283. Exploring other parts of the farm, I found hunting Marsh Harriers
  284.  
  285.  
  286.  
  287.  
  288.  
  289. European Roller
  290.  
  291.  
  292.  
  293.  
  294.  
  295. and numbers of European Bee-eater
  296.  
  297.  
  298.  
  299.  
  300.  
  301. in the open areas, there were numbers of Isabelline Wheatear
  302.  
  303.  
  304.  
  305.  
  306.  
  307. a single Black-eared Wheatear
  308.  
  309.  
  310.  
  311.  
  312.  
  313. and a small flock of Greater Short-toed Larks
  314.  
  315.  
  316.  
  317.  
  318.  
  319. Common Kestrels were actively hunting over the open fields
  320.  
  321.  
  322.  
  323.  
  324.  
  325. However, the highlight and a lifer for me was the Eurasian Stone Curlew that I almost missed crouched in a small depression
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  341. </description>
  342. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <h2>Week 39 - 01 October 2011, Pivot Fields</h2>
  343. <p>We have had a problem uploading images to the Blog and have only now found a workaround - so I can finally start posting my backlog from early October. Images by Mike Pope</p>
  344. <p>
  345. <center><br />
  346. </p>
  347. <p>I was at the farm early in the morning, where temperatures are now very pleasant. Just inside the gate I found a Common Snipe sitting quietly at a small pool of water</p>
  348. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/CSnipe_1983.jpg" alt="Common Snipe" title="Common Snipe" /><br />
  349. <br />
  350. <center><br />
  351. </p>
  352. <p>In the same area a few Great Reed Warblers were also quite active</p>
  353. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/GRWarb_1980.jpg" alt="Great Reed Warbler" title="Great Reed Warbler" /><br />
  354. <br />
  355. <center><br />
  356. </p>
  357. <p>As well as a Tree Pipit foraging in amongst the crops</p>
  358. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/TreePipit_1985.jpg" alt="Tree Pipit" title="Tree Pipit" /><br />
  359. <br />
  360. <center><br />
  361. </p>
  362. <p>The numbers of Steppe Buzzards are slowly increasing and a good few were found roosting on the pivots</p>
  363. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/StepBuz_2024.jpg" alt="Steppe Buzzard" title="Steppe Buzzard" /><br />
  364. <br />
  365. <center><br />
  366. </p>
  367. <p>A small group of Purple Herons flushed as I approached the Croc pond, where they had roosted overnight</p>
  368. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/PurHeron_1998.jpg" alt="Purple Heron" title="Purple Heron" /><br />
  369. <br />
  370. <center><br />
  371. </p>
  372. <p>A Bonelli's Eagle has been at this location for sometime and I was surprised to see one come swooping in to try take out one of the unsuspecting Purple Herons - it was unsuccessful, but the Heron had it's wake-up call for the day</p>
  373. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/BonEagle_1993.jpg" alt="Bonelli's Eagle" title="Bonelli's Eagle" /><br />
  374. <br />
  375. <center><br />
  376. </p>
  377. <p>A Masked Shrike was seen in the cover of the acacia trees at the pond</p>
  378. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/MasShrike_2006.jpg" alt="Masked Shrike" title="Masked Shrike" /><br />
  379. <br />
  380. <center><br />
  381. </p>
  382. <p>As was a Spotted Flycatcher</p>
  383. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/SpotFly_2034.jpg" alt="Spotted Flycatcher" title="Spotted Flycatcher" /><br />
  384. <br />
  385. <center><br />
  386. </p>
  387. <p>Exploring other parts of the farm, I found hunting Marsh Harriers</p>
  388. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/MarHarrier_1999.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /><br />
  389. <br />
  390. <center><br />
  391. </p>
  392. <p>European Roller</p>
  393. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/ERoller_2031.jpg" alt="European Roller" title="European Roller" /><br />
  394. <br />
  395. <center><br />
  396. </p>
  397. <p>and numbers of European Bee-eater</p>
  398. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/EBee-eater_2032.jpg" alt="European Bee-eater" title="European Bee-eater" /><br />
  399. <br />
  400. <center><br />
  401. </p>
  402. <p>in the open areas, there were numbers of Isabelline Wheatear</p>
  403. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/IsWheat_2029.jpg" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /><br />
  404. <br />
  405. <center><br />
  406. </p>
  407. <p>a single Black-eared Wheatear</p>
  408. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/BEWheat_1987.jpg" alt="Black-eared Wheatear" title="Black-eared Wheatear" /><br />
  409. <br />
  410. <center><br />
  411. </p>
  412. <p>and a small flock of Greater Short-toed Larks</p>
  413. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/GSTLark_2019.jpg" alt="Greater Short-toed Lark" title="Greater Short-toed Lark" /><br />
  414. <br />
  415. <center><br />
  416. </p>
  417. <p>Common Kestrels were actively hunting over the open fields</p>
  418. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/CKest_2025.jpg" alt="Common Kestrel" title="Common Kestrel" /><br />
  419. <br />
  420. <center><br />
  421. </p>
  422. <p>However, the highlight and a lifer for me was the Eurasian Stone Curlew that I almost missed crouched in a small depression</p>
  423. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/EStoneCur_2009.jpg" alt="Eurasian Stone Curlew" title="Eurasian Stone Curlew" /><br />
  424. <br />
  425. <center><br />
  426. </p>
  427. <p></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center>
  428. </p>
  429. ]]></content:encoded>
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  432. <item>
  433. <title>Low light at Hunting and Equestrian Club</title>
  434. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/14_stub.php/2011/10/10/low_light_at_hunting_and_equestrian_club</link>
  435. <pubDate>Mon, 10 Oct 2011 05:26:29 +0000</pubDate>
  436. <category domain="main">Photographs</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  437. <description>Week 39 - 30 September 2011, Hunting and Equestrian Club
  438. My son has his tennis lessons at Hunting and Equestrian Club in the late afternoon over the weekend. We can tell winter is coming, as temperatures are bearable and days are starting to get shorter. I didnt want to distract him, so walked around the club, where light was already low, but gave me opportunity to test a few images at ISO 1000. Images by Mike Pope
  439.  
  440.  
  441.  
  442.  
  443.  
  444. Strangely, there was not much about despite abundant food sources around the horse stables. The most common species was House Sparrow (Passer domesticus). Looking at the latest Clements checklist, it is not straight forward to identify the sub-species - it could be biblicus (Cyprus and Levant to Turkey, n Saudi Arabia, Iraq and w Iran) or hufufae (NE Arabia (south to n Oman)
  445.  
  446.  
  447.  
  448.  
  449.  
  450.  
  451. There were quite a few White-eared Bulbuls feeding around the stables
  452.  
  453.  
  454.  
  455.  
  456.  
  457.  
  458. A first year Masked Shrike was found looking for a roost for the night, after which it was time for me to challenge my son on the tennis court
  459.  
  460.  
  461.  
  462.  
  463. </description>
  464. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <h2>Week 39 - 30 September 2011, Hunting and Equestrian Club</h2>
  465. <p>My son has his tennis lessons at Hunting and Equestrian Club in the late afternoon over the weekend. We can tell winter is coming, as temperatures are bearable and days are starting to get shorter. I didnt want to distract him, so walked around the club, where light was already low, but gave me opportunity to test a few images at ISO 1000. Images by Mike Pope</p>
  466. <p>
  467. <center><br />
  468. </p>
  469. <p>Strangely, there was not much about despite abundant food sources around the horse stables. The most common species was House Sparrow (Passer domesticus). Looking at the latest Clements checklist, it is not straight forward to identify the sub-species - it could be biblicus (Cyprus and Levant to Turkey, n Saudi Arabia, Iraq and w Iran) or hufufae (NE Arabia (south to n Oman)</p>
  470. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/HSparrow_1957.jpg" alt="House Sparrow" title="House Sparrow" /><br />
  471. <br />
  472. <center><br />
  473. </p>
  474. <p>There were quite a few White-eared Bulbuls feeding around the stables</p>
  475. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/WEBulbul_1961.jpg" alt="White-eared Bulbul" title="White-eared Bulbul" /><br />
  476. <br />
  477. <center><br />
  478. </p>
  479. <p>A first year Masked Shrike was found looking for a roost for the night, after which it was time for me to challenge my son on the tennis court</p>
  480. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/MasShrike_1968.jpg" alt="Masked Shrike" title="Masked Shrike" /><br />
  481. <br />
  482. <center><br />
  483. <br />
  484. </center></center></center></center>
  485. </p>
  486. ]]></content:encoded>
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  488. </item>
  489. <item>
  490. <title>Finally, some Autumn Migration Birding</title>
  491. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/14_stub.php/2011/09/25/finally_some_autumn_migration_birding</link>
  492. <pubDate>Sun, 25 Sep 2011 03:03:18 +0000</pubDate>
  493. <category domain="main">Photographs</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  494. <description>Week 38 - 24 September 2011, Pivot Fields and SAANR
  495. After a much enjoyed winter/spring break back to South Africa (see my post under the World Birds tab of this site) and getting back to Kuwait to settle into work and a new school year for my son, I was finally able to get out for some Autumn migration birding this past weekend. Images by Mike Pope
  496.  
  497.  
  498.  
  499.  
  500.  
  501. Unfortunately, we did not have a favourable NW migration wind to assist the birds today, as we did last weekend, but nevertheless it was still good to be out and Pivot Fields was my first stop. A Wood Sandpiper looked a little out of place, as I drove in through the gates
  502.  
  503.  
  504.  
  505.  
  506.  
  507. Hoopoes are normally one of the first species to arrive during Autumn migration, there were still a few around, but not quite as many as earlier in the season
  508.  
  509.  
  510.  
  511.  
  512.  
  513.  
  514. Yellow Wagtails are still present in large numbers
  515.  
  516.  
  517.  
  518.  
  519.  
  520.  
  521. Spotted Flycatchers were seen in most areas of the farm
  522.  
  523.  
  524.  
  525.  
  526.  
  527.  
  528. Along the boundary I photographed this pale-throated Wheatear which we suspect to be Eastern Black-eared. However, if this is incorrect - please let me know.
  529.  
  530.  
  531.  
  532.  
  533.  
  534.  
  535.  
  536.  
  537.  
  538.  
  539.  
  540.  
  541. The Alfalfa fields are in flower and are attracting hundreds of Clouded Yellow butterflies
  542.  
  543.  
  544.  
  545.  
  546.  
  547.  
  548. The first year Shrikes can be a little tricky at this time of year, I suspect this to be a Daurian Shrike
  549.  
  550.  
  551.  
  552.  
  553.  
  554. I saw a few Orioles (but as always they remain elusive), but the Rollers that were present were a little more obliging
  555.  
  556.  
  557.  
  558.  
  559.  
  560. Also seen on the Pivot Irrigation were a number of Cuckoo's
  561.  
  562.  
  563.  
  564.  
  565.  
  566. There were sporadic flocks of Short-toed Larks
  567.  
  568.  
  569.  
  570.  
  571.  
  572. as well as small numbers of Pied Wheatears
  573.  
  574.  
  575.  
  576.  
  577.  
  578. There were 4 Raptor species present; Black Kites, Pallid and Marsh Harriers and many Steppe Buzzards in a variety of plumages
  579.  
  580.  
  581.  
  582.  
  583.  
  584. The Marsh Harriers were the most prevalant of the two Harriers present. This one flew over me and a little later successfully caught a bird that it finished eating fairly quickly
  585.  
  586.  
  587.  
  588.  
  589.  
  590.  
  591.  
  592.  
  593.  
  594.  
  595.  
  596.  
  597.  
  598.  
  599.  
  600. Even though the wind was not favourable, my next stop was SAANR in the hope that there would be a few Raptors. Unfortunately, none were seen while I was there (although Rashed had luck with Harriers later in the day). There were numbers of passerine stopping to drink, so sitting quietly was productive. There were at least 5 Grey Herons in the shade of the acacia, this one flying over to survey the pan below
  601.  
  602.  
  603.  
  604.  
  605.  
  606. A single European Bee-eater that caught and devoured a particularly large dragonfly and then had a quick dip in the pond to cool off.
  607.  
  608.  
  609.  
  610.  
  611.  
  612.  
  613.  
  614.  
  615.  
  616.  
  617.  
  618. An Isabelline Wheatear stopped by for a drink
  619.  
  620.  
  621.  
  622.  
  623.  
  624. Although Common Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, Thrush Nightingale and Blackcaps were seen; Lesser Whitethroat was the predominant passerine - this one dropping down from the top of the acacia and working toward the water level. After finding the right perch, really stretching for a drink
  625.  
  626.  
  627.  
  628.  
  629.  
  630.  
  631.  
  632.  
  633.  
  634.  
  635.  
  636.  
  637.  
  638.  
  639.  
  640. I found this Turtle Dove sitting very quietly in the shade of an acacia before leaving Tuhla to head home for lunch only to later discover that I missed a lifer in the form of a Wood Warbler found by Rashed who waited patiently for it to return
  641.  
  642.  
  643.  
  644.  
  645. </description>
  646. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <h2>Week 38 - 24 September 2011, Pivot Fields and SAANR</h2>
  647. <p>After a much enjoyed winter/spring break back to South Africa (see my post under the World Birds tab of this site) and getting back to Kuwait to settle into work and a new school year for my son, I was finally able to get out for some Autumn migration birding this past weekend. Images by Mike Pope</p>
  648. <p>
  649. <center><br />
  650. </p>
  651. <p>Unfortunately, we did not have a favourable NW migration wind to assist the birds today, as we did last weekend, but nevertheless it was still good to be out and Pivot Fields was my first stop. A Wood Sandpiper looked a little out of place, as I drove in through the gates</p>
  652. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/WoodSand_1806.jpg" alt="Wood Sandpiper" title="Wood Sandpiper" /><br />
  653. <br />
  654. <center><br />
  655. </p>
  656. <p>Hoopoes are normally one of the first species to arrive during Autumn migration, there were still a few around, but not quite as many as earlier in the season</p>
  657. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/Hoop_1812.jpg" alt="Hoopoe" title="Hoopoe" /><br />
  658. <br />
  659. <center><br />
  660. </p>
  661. <p>Yellow Wagtails are still present in large numbers</p>
  662. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/YelWag_1833.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtail" title="Yellow Wagtail" /><br />
  663. <br />
  664. <center><br />
  665. </p>
  666. <p>Spotted Flycatchers were seen in most areas of the farm</p>
  667. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/SFly_1807.jpg" alt="Spotted Flycatcher" title="Spotted Flycatcher" /><br />
  668. <br />
  669. <center><br />
  670. </p>
  671. <p>Along the boundary I photographed this pale-throated Wheatear which we suspect to be Eastern Black-eared. However, if this is incorrect - please let me know.</p>
  672. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/BEWheat_1819.jpg" alt="Eastern Black-eared Wheatear" title="Eastern Black-eared Wheatear" /><br />
  673. <br />
  674. <center><br />
  675. </p>
  676. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/BEWheat_1822.jpg" alt="Eastern Black-eared Wheatear" title="Eastern Black-eared Wheatear" /><br />
  677. <br />
  678. <center><br />
  679. </p>
  680. <p>The Alfalfa fields are in flower and are attracting hundreds of Clouded Yellow butterflies</p>
  681. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/Cloud-Yel_1811.jpg" alt="Clouded Yellow" title="Clouded Yellow" /><br />
  682. <br />
  683. <center><br />
  684. </p>
  685. <p>The first year Shrikes can be a little tricky at this time of year, I suspect this to be a Daurian Shrike</p>
  686. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/DaurShrike_1865.jpg" alt="Daurian Shrike" title="Daurian Shrike" /><br />
  687. <br />
  688. <center><br />
  689. </p>
  690. <p>I saw a few Orioles (but as always they remain elusive), but the Rollers that were present were a little more obliging</p>
  691. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/ERoller_1829.jpg" alt="European Roller" title="European Roller" /><br />
  692. <br />
  693. <center><br />
  694. </p>
  695. <p>Also seen on the Pivot Irrigation were a number of Cuckoo's</p>
  696. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/Cuckoo_1814.jpg" alt="European Cuckoo" title="European Cuckoo" /><br />
  697. <br />
  698. <center><br />
  699. </p>
  700. <p>There were sporadic flocks of Short-toed Larks</p>
  701. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/GSTLark_1843.jpg" alt="Short-toed Lark" title="Short-toed Lark" /><br />
  702. <br />
  703. <center><br />
  704. </p>
  705. <p>as well as small numbers of Pied Wheatears</p>
  706. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/PiedWheat_1824.jpg" alt="Pied Wheatear" title="Pied Wheatear" /><br />
  707. <br />
  708. <center><br />
  709. </p>
  710. <p>There were 4 Raptor species present; Black Kites, Pallid and Marsh Harriers and many Steppe Buzzards in a variety of plumages</p>
  711. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/StepBuz_1816.jpg" alt="Steppe Buzzard" title="Steppe Buzzard" /><br />
  712. <br />
  713. <center><br />
  714. </p>
  715. <p>The Marsh Harriers were the most prevalant of the two Harriers present. This one flew over me and a little later successfully caught a bird that it finished eating fairly quickly</p>
  716. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/MarshHarr_1838.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /><br />
  717. <br />
  718. <center><br />
  719. </p>
  720. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/MarshHarr_1852.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /><br />
  721. <br />
  722. <center><br />
  723. </p>
  724. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/MarshHarr_1862.jpg" alt="Marsh Harrier" title="Marsh Harrier" /><br />
  725. <br />
  726. <center><br />
  727. </p>
  728. <p>Even though the wind was not favourable, my next stop was SAANR in the hope that there would be a few Raptors. Unfortunately, none were seen while I was there (although Rashed had luck with Harriers later in the day). There were numbers of passerine stopping to drink, so sitting quietly was productive. There were at least 5 Grey Herons in the shade of the acacia, this one flying over to survey the pan below</p>
  729. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/GHeron_1893.jpg" alt="Grey Heron" title="Grey Heron" /><br />
  730. <br />
  731. <center><br />
  732. </p>
  733. <p>A single European Bee-eater that caught and devoured a particularly large dragonfly and then had a quick dip in the pond to cool off.</p>
  734. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/EBEater_1885.jpg" alt="European Bee-eater" title="European Bee-eater" /><br />
  735. <br />
  736. <center><br />
  737. </p>
  738. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/EBEater_1887.jpg" alt="European Bee-eater" title="European Bee-eater" /><br />
  739. <br />
  740. <center><br />
  741. </p>
  742. <p>An Isabelline Wheatear stopped by for a drink</p>
  743. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/IsWheat_1870.jpg" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /><br />
  744. <br />
  745. <center><br />
  746. </p>
  747. <p>Although Common Whitethroat, Barred Warbler, Thrush Nightingale and Blackcaps were seen; Lesser Whitethroat was the predominant passerine - this one dropping down from the top of the acacia and working toward the water level. After finding the right perch, really stretching for a drink</p>
  748. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/LesWhite_1869.jpg" alt="Lesser Whitethroat" title="Lesser Whitethroat" /><br />
  749. <br />
  750. <center><br />
  751. </p>
  752. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/LesWhite_1874.jpg" alt="Lesser Whitethroat" title="Lesser Whitethroat" /><br />
  753. <br />
  754. <center><br />
  755. </p>
  756. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/LesWhite_1875.jpg" alt="Lesser Whitethroat" title="Lesser Whitethroat" /><br />
  757. <br />
  758. <center><br />
  759. </p>
  760. <p>I found this Turtle Dove sitting very quietly in the shade of an acacia before leaving Tuhla to head home for lunch only to later discover that I missed a lifer in the form of a Wood Warbler found by Rashed who waited patiently for it to return</p>
  761. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/TurDove_1898.jpg" alt="Turtle Dove" title="Turtle Dove" /><br />
  762. <br />
  763. <center><br />
  764. <br />
  765. </center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center></center>
  766. </p>
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  770. <item>
  771. <title>Wind swept birding</title>
  772. <link>http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/14_stub.php/2011/08/06/wind_swept_birding</link>
  773. <pubDate>Sat, 06 Aug 2011 08:40:09 +0000</pubDate>
  774. <category domain="main">Photographs</category> <guid isPermaLink="false">[email protected]://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/</guid>
  775. <description>Week 32 - 06 August 2011, Pivot Fields
  776. The wind had not let up, I persevered by checking out the Pivot Fields, but by 9:30 it was not enjoyable any longer. This is my last post until I return back to Kuwait in September from my long overdue summer vacation back to South Africa, some cooler weather and time on safari in the African bush. Images by Mike Pope
  777.  
  778.  
  779.  
  780.  
  781.  
  782. My first stop was at the Croc pond, but here the reeds are really overgrown and with the wind blowing through them not easy to see birds through the reeds and the fence. Two Garganey were seen paddling for shelter from the wind
  783.  
  784.  
  785.  
  786.  
  787.  
  788. A first year Little Crake deep in the reeds
  789.  
  790.  
  791.  
  792.  
  793.  
  794. I then heard a familiar call and with patience found a male Red Bishop (Cat E species), but I think this bird has been here over a year now. I had to switch to manual focus to take out the fence and all the moving reeds, so was quite pleased with the result. We forget that not too many years back, manual focus was the only option available
  795.  
  796.  
  797.  
  798.  
  799.  
  800. I saw a small bat fly out from some cover and land under a bush. I managed to relocate it and after moving away some of the foliage was able to photograph it. I believe there are only 3 species of bat in Kuwait - after a Google search I believe this to be one of the Vesper Bats called Kuhl's Pipistrelle. Information from the net says that this is typically one of the first bats to emerge in the evening when it forages for aerial insects with a slow but acrobatic flight. If my id is incorrect, I would appreciate the correct id
  801.  
  802.  
  803.  
  804.  
  805.  
  806.  
  807.  
  808.  
  809.  
  810.  
  811.  
  812.  
  813.  
  814.  
  815.  
  816. Driving around the farm the Black-crowned Sparrow Larks were in their usual area
  817.  
  818.  
  819.  
  820.  
  821.  
  822. In the same area I found a single Caspian Plover
  823.  
  824.  
  825.  
  826.  
  827.  
  828.  
  829. and a small family of Cream-coloured Coursers which I havent photographed for sometime. I like the pattern on the crown and nape of these two
  830.  
  831.  
  832.  
  833.  
  834.  
  835.  
  836.  
  837.  
  838.  
  839.  
  840. Isabelline Wheatears have returned
  841.  
  842.  
  843.  
  844.  
  845.  
  846. I found a single Upchers Warbler in some cover out of the wind swaying and bobbing its tail
  847.  
  848.  
  849.  
  850.  
  851.  
  852. Yellow Wagtails numbers have increased with first year birds in fresh plumage and adults in tatty moulting plumage. By now, the wind had made birding unpleasant, so I headed to the Mall to get some provisions, but no coffee, as restaurants are all closed until Iftar during Ramadan
  853.  
  854.  
  855.  
  856.  
  857.  
  858.  
  859.  
  860.  
  861.  
  862. </description>
  863. <content:encoded><![CDATA[ <h2>Week 32 - 06 August 2011, Pivot Fields</h2>
  864. <p>The wind had not let up, I persevered by checking out the Pivot Fields, but by 9:30 it was not enjoyable any longer. This is my last post until I return back to Kuwait in September from my long overdue summer vacation back to South Africa, some cooler weather and time on safari in the African bush. Images by Mike Pope</p>
  865. <p>
  866. <center><br />
  867. </p>
  868. <p>My first stop was at the Croc pond, but here the reeds are really overgrown and with the wind blowing through them not easy to see birds through the reeds and the fence. Two Garganey were seen paddling for shelter from the wind</p>
  869. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/Garganey_0734.jpg" alt="Garganey" title="Garganey" /><br />
  870. <br />
  871. <center><br />
  872. </p>
  873. <p>A first year Little Crake deep in the reeds</p>
  874. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/LCrake_0733.jpg" alt="Little Crake" title="Little Crake" /><br />
  875. <br />
  876. <center><br />
  877. </p>
  878. <p>I then heard a familiar call and with patience found a male Red Bishop (Cat E species), but I think this bird has been here over a year now. I had to switch to manual focus to take out the fence and all the moving reeds, so was quite pleased with the result. We forget that not too many years back, manual focus was the only option available</p>
  879. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/RedBishop_0741.jpg" alt="Red Bishop" title="Red Bishop" /><br />
  880. <br />
  881. <center><br />
  882. </p>
  883. <p>I saw a small bat fly out from some cover and land under a bush. I managed to relocate it and after moving away some of the foliage was able to photograph it. I believe there are only 3 species of bat in Kuwait - after a Google search I believe this to be one of the Vesper Bats called Kuhl's Pipistrelle. Information from the net says that this is typically one of the first bats to emerge in the evening when it forages for aerial insects with a slow but acrobatic flight. If my id is incorrect, I would appreciate the correct id</p>
  884. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/KuhlsPipistrelle_0743.jpg" alt="Kuls Pipistrelle" title="Kuhls Pipistrelle" /><br />
  885. <br />
  886. <center><br />
  887. </p>
  888. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/KuhlsPipistrelle_0744.jpg" alt="Kuls Pipistrelle" title="Kuhls Pipistrelle" /><br />
  889. <br />
  890. <center><br />
  891. </p>
  892. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/KuhlsPipistrelle_0747.jpg" alt="Kuls Pipistrelle" title="Kuhls Pipistrelle" /><br />
  893. <br />
  894. <center><br />
  895. </p>
  896. <p>Driving around the farm the Black-crowned Sparrow Larks were in their usual area</p>
  897. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/BCSLark_0757.jpg" alt="Black-crowned Sparrow Lark" title="Black-crowned Sparrow Lark" /><br />
  898. <br />
  899. <center><br />
  900. </p>
  901. <p>In the same area I found a single Caspian Plover</p>
  902. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/CasPlover_0752.jpg" alt="Caspian Plover" title="Caspian Plover" /><br />
  903. <br />
  904. <center><br />
  905. </p>
  906. <p>and a small family of Cream-coloured Coursers which I havent photographed for sometime. I like the pattern on the crown and nape of these two</p>
  907. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/CCCouser_0770.jpg" alt="Cream-coloured Courser" title="Cream-coloured Courser" /><br />
  908. <br />
  909. <center><br />
  910. </p>
  911. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/CCCouser_0772.jpg" alt="Cream-coloured Courser" title="Cream-coloured Courser" /><br />
  912. <br />
  913. <center><br />
  914. </p>
  915. <p>Isabelline Wheatears have returned</p>
  916. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/IsWheat_0793.jpg" alt="Isabelline Wheatear" title="Isabelline Wheatear" /><br />
  917. <br />
  918. <center><br />
  919. </p>
  920. <p>I found a single Upchers Warbler in some cover out of the wind swaying and bobbing its tail</p>
  921. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/UpWarbler_0778.jpg" alt="Upchers Warbler" title="Upchers Warbler" /><br />
  922. <br />
  923. <center><br />
  924. </p>
  925. <p>Yellow Wagtails numbers have increased with first year birds in fresh plumage and adults in tatty moulting plumage. By now, the wind had made birding unpleasant, so I headed to the Mall to get some provisions, but no coffee, as restaurants are all closed until Iftar during Ramadan</p>
  926. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/YelWag_0795.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtail" title="Yellow Wagtail" /><br />
  927. <br />
  928. <center><br />
  929. </p>
  930. <p><img src="http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog/media/blogs/kuwait/2011/YelWag_0800.jpg" alt="Yellow Wagtail" title="Yellow Wagtail" /><br />
  931. <br />
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