I received a call from Khaled Al Ghanem that local birder and photographer
Ouda Al-Bathali had discovered 4 Long-tailed Ducks (to still be accepted by KORC) on one of the new recently filled pools at JPR. You never know how long a vagrant will stay, so you make the necessary plans to get out there to see the bird before they disappear. Thanks to the early notification by Ouda and Khaled, most birders were able to tick these Ducks.
I arrived around mid-day along with Humoud, Abdulmoshen and Mahmoud and found 3 females and juveniles swimming and diving for food around a reed bed. What fantastic Ducks and how is it that they end up in Kuwait of all places? That we will still ponder on, but right now we spent an hour enjoying this exciting sighting.
|Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)|
|The Long-tailed Duck is a diving Duck, here using its wings to get some depth|
After all of this excitement, I explored the other pools and sat quietly waiting for birds to appear. A low pass of a Western Marsh Harrier, got some birds out of the reeds
|Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)|
|Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)|
|Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)|
|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)|
|Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)|
The Harrier put up another flock of Ducks that had one Common Pochard and the rest Eurasian Teal
|Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) with one Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)|
|Common Greenshank (Tringa totanus)|
|Dunlin (Calidris alpina)|
|Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)|