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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bird Of Kuwait mid 2016

I have been watching and taking birds photos in Kuwait from 2011. Kuwait is always visited by different types of migratory birds from October - February every year. It is always a delight for me to see new species which I have not seen in my life before. However it is very sad that bird hunting is also common here in Kuwait.  Being born and brought up in Kerala- India where it is illegal to kill birds or wild animals, it is very heartbreaking for me to see people killing birds for fun.
Some Hunters from kuwait
The heap of birds
A hunter showing his days collection
Hunters market or birds market
Capturing wildlife photos is one of my first interests when I started shooting. I can say i am fortunate enough to see these fascinating birds in wildlife. I have gained new knowledge and more information about different variety or species of birds and their natural habitats. 
Below are some of my recent shoots from the file:
Blue tailed Bee eater - Jahra East Outfall.
A White breasted Kingfisher - Jahra East Outfall.
A Pied Kingfisher from - Jahra East Outfall. (A highlight of this year.. hundreds of photos were taken and circulated online for this specie  this year... all the exhibitions were flooded with this as well.)
 Hoopoe and wood chat shrike in action  - Rumaithiya
I can say that being a wildlife photographer requires patience and long hours to capture a perfect photo. I have travelled all the corners of Kuwait, with or without my birding friends searching for birds. My weekends and vacation days are well-spent watching and waiting for birds too. 

White eared Bulbul- KISR back yard
Cape Glossy starling - Rumaithiya
Sparrow-  rumaithiya
BulBul and Shrike in action - Rumaithiya
White eared bulbul - Rumaithiya
For this year, I have met new acquaintances and earned more birder friends. It is indeed a very fun way of spending my free time during weekends. Unfortunately I did not get perfect shots as I was having issues with my lens nor I was busy sleeping as the winter forbids me waking up at 3am to travel to Jahra. And since the birds area in Jahra has become quite popular among birders, the place has become a bit crowded and I can say that birds became less as well.
Egret
yellow throat
Common Snipe  - Jahra East Outfall. 
Yellow throat  - Jahra East Outfall. 
Common kingfisher  - Jahra East Outfall. 
Common myna - Salmiya
Seagull - Kisr back yard
Shrike-   - Jahra East Outfall. 

Common Starling  - Jahra East Outfall. 



Yellow Wagtail- Rumaithiya


Crake -   - Jahra East Outfall. 
White wagtail-   - Jahra East Outfall. 
Collard dove- Rumaithiya
Marsh Harrier JEO Kuwait
Common kestrel - Mutala ridges
Namaqua Dove  - Jahra East Outfall. 
slit
sparrow
Shrike
 Ospray - Jahra East Outfall. 
I have always wished for a birds photo exhibition in Kuwait. Luckily, I am part of FotografiaQ8 who have been very supportive to Photography events and has made the event possible. It was a very simple discussion one early Friday morning, of which the whole group welcomed the idea and started planning for the very first Birds of Kuwait Exhibition in the country.


Why Birds exhibihition? mainly because I personally believe that Kuwait is a very special place for birds...  Being one of  migratory birds base, a mid-landing spot in migratory route. It is high time for people to be aware of these beauties in nature and raise awareness on how can we protect them.
We have decided to bring out good birding buddies from the dark and invited entries from different nationalities.


Everyone worked hard and we finally decided to have the photos exhibited at Kuwait national library premises. A lot of famous photographers showed interest and submitted their images for the event. A total of 85 photos were collected for the exhibit.

Unfortunately, the day before the exhibition, there were some security issue, and we were forced to postpone the event.


Luckily in a very short gap, we have managed to shift the location and has opened the event inaugurated by a world famous photographer Mr. Bryan F Peterson, along with Nikon middle East official Cesar Parrocco and Nikon Kuwait Distributor (Ashraf and Co. manager) Mr.Tuffy. Delegates from various embassies, Director of Kuwait social workers association Dr.Sanaa and Indian Embassy undersecretary Mr.Shrivasthava has also attended the event.


The program was held in connection with Hala february celebrations.

After the success of this program , we also exhibited  the pictures in two other venues including Delhi public school (FAIPS DPS) to raise awareness among the students.


The start of 2016 is indeed very special for us. We are hoping to have more programs in the future showcasing the beauty of nature and raising awareness on how we can protect our wildlife. We would like to discourage people who hunts birds for recreation and hoping someday the Government will have strict laws banning bird hunting in Kuwait.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kuwait First quarter birding 2015

It's been a while since i last posted a blog as I was very busy lately. Summer season has started and in no time we will have to bear the summer heat in Kuwait again :P Meaning.. less time to shoot outdoors :P

In this blog, i will be sharing my collection of migratory birds images taken during the first quarter of 2015. As usual, me and my photobuddies spent our friday mornings chasing birds as early as 4am :P we have discovered new areas not known to everyone. A place we can call Kuwait paradise where beautiful flowers bloom, grassy lawn and loads of birds. :)


Let me start by showing you some of my favorite images and information about them.
Earlier this year, there were plenty of birds in the gardens of kuwait. 2 of them are Common Starling and Eurasian Wryneck. Both were captured in Rumaithiya Garden.
Common starling
Eurasian Wryneck
This year, i am very happy to see loads of  European bee eaters in several locations such as salmiya, rumaithiya, abuhalifa, jahra, al salam area, funaitees etc...
Luckily, i also managed to capture a beautiful Rose ringed parakeet unexpectedly while shooting bee eaters somewhere in funaitees. :P
More Bee-eaters images
Common kestrel was also sighted this year
And got some good pictures of  Rufous-tailed scrub robin
Rufous-tailed scrub robin
Rufous-tailed scrub robin
Rufous-tailed scrub robin
It was a great day for birding in jahra reserve, some of my friends moved to kabad desert areas to search for special birds. Afterwards, I got a call from them saying they have found this beauty! - Eurasian Scops Owl
Eurasian Scops Owl
Eurasian Scops Owl

Another beauty resting in a tree
Mauryan Grey Shrike
Exploring jahra reserve this year was great experience for me. This place so far is one of my favorite this year! i have seen plenty of rare species from there and hopefully, i can see more next time. :P

Enjoy more of my collections below!
Spotted eagle
Spotted eagle
Gray heron
Gray heron
White throated kingfisher
Eurasian reed warbler
Siberian Stonechat - Male
Gray wagtail
Barn Swallow
Willow warbler Juvenile
Willow warbler Juvenile
white wagtail
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) male
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) male
Tree pipit
Tree pipit
white wagtail
Barn Swallow
Eurasian olivaceos warbler
Caspian Stone chat
another pleasant morning in the reserve area the place was enriched by blue cheeked bee eaters.
and after i moved in to dense bush area to find more birds!.
Caspian Stone chat
Caspian Stone chat male
Hoopoe
Caspian Gull
shrike
Isabelline shrike
Isabelline shrike
north Caspian Stone chat
north Caspian Stone chat
and first time in my birding experience i witnessed some hidden beauties. next images were all new to me..!! i never thought i would see these beauties in kuwait.
Purple Swamphen
Little Crake
Little Crake
One friday we decided to move to capture some fox, because in our previous expeditions we witnessed some fox in mutala area,
there i have got common kestrel.
Common kestrel
 and i ended up with Pied wheater.
Pied wheater
Pied wheater
one day on the way to my work place, i just entered to a garden near my office, and my visit was a great surprise with kingfisher..
White throated kingfisher
White throated kingfisher
and on the way back i have got a robin.
Common myna is everywhere in kuwait.. but still i added one for this year..
this year kuwait is enriched with wagtails . below are my wagtail hunt images from one of my favorite birding location.
 western yellow wagtail
black headed wagtail a sub species of western yellow wagtail
Sykes' wagtail - a sub species of western yellow wagtail
 western yellow wagtail
Sykes' wagtail - a sub species of western yellow wagtail
Gray wagtail - a sub species of western yellow wagtail
Gray wagtail - a sub species of western yellow wagtail
Gray wagtail - a sub species of western yellow wagtail
Gray wagtail - a sub species of western yellow wagtail
Gray wagtail - a sub species of western yellow wagtail
Over all, this year had given me so much enjoyment shooting birds. However, during one of our trips, we have encountered group of bird hunters, killing birds for fun :( I have seen a kestrel being shot in front of my eyes. I have lost my interest to shoot that day and just decided to return back home. :(

And lastly, during my recent trip to salmi, Al-Abraq Al-Khabari Farm, i am so happy to meet two French birders who came here in Kuwait to record & study the condition & count of the birds in a specific location.
 Checking the condition of a red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio)
 Checking the condition of a red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio)
Sunrise in the Oasis
The Farm land
The Farm land
Thousands of shrikes, pipits.. etc.. nested here
Nesting.
I hope you guys enjoy reading my blog. See you next birding season!