Friday 22 November 2019

Kuwait - Part 8

The final day of our trip started with a return visit to the excellent Liyah reserve. The weather was thankfully cooler than previous days with a spot of rain too. Migrants were plentiful with a decent sized flock of Ortolan Buntings, a lifer in Eastern Orphean Warbler, lots of Blackcaps, Willow Warblers (which were now clearly on the move), a lot more female Common Redstarts, yet more White-throated Robins and a single Roller.
I spent the time there trying to get shots of this beautiful Isabelline Shrike. It was very busy hunting lizards and doing pretty well in the process.

Isabelline Shrike, Liyah Reserve, Kuwait

From Liyah we were city bound once more stopping at Green Island for Red-vented Bulbul.

Red-vented Bulbul agaist the Kuwait City skyline

We also had Tree Pipit, Redstart and plenty of Willow Warblers there too.
We birded several different spots around Doha Spit where we had Terek Sandpipers, Ruff, Common and Marsh Sandpipers, Little Stint, Whimbrel, Lesser Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover and Kentish Ploverand Dunlin.  We also had this rather brutish looking Steppe Gull.

Steppe Gull, Doha Spit - Kuwait
We did a quick tour around a nearby business park for Indian House Crow - reminding me of the one that took up residence in Cobh, Cork around 10 years ago!
Our last stop of the trip was right back where we started at Jahra Farms. The Wryneck that was present on the first day was still in the same spot. We had a small mixed flock of Yellow Wagtails (Beema, Lutea and Thunbergi), lots of Willows Warblers and an obliging male Redstart to finish the trip (what else of course!).

Male Redstart - the final bird of the trip and is still my favourite of all species anywhere!

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