Charlene and Michael were en route home to Florida, U.S.A. They decided to stop over for a couple of days to spend some time exploring Qatar. Having seen the Lilith Owl images on my blog they were keen to connect with these lovely birds. As luck would have it we managed to find owls in two different locations which was a nice bonus.
Lilith Owl number one in soft early morning light. When this bird retired into its burrow we headed off to another site to try our luck
Lilith Owl number two. This bird is normally quite shy and does not linger out in the open for long. However it put on a grand show for the visitors and perched on top of a prominent rock. They were able to capture images of preening, head scratching, stretching and even a nice big yawn, much to their delight.
I could not get them in range of the Marsh Harriers that were patrolling over the fields, but there were also many Common Kestrels which were slightly more obliging
We also located a few Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters
A 1st Winter Male Pied Wheatear
We also happened upon four European Rollers in a party with some of the Bee-eaters. This individual took a break from preening to check up on us. Even though it is an Autumn bird it is still showing good colour
Other species include: Western Marsh Harrier, Yellow Wagtail, Barn Swallow, Isabelline Wheatear, Arabian Grey Shrike, Common Sandpiper, Red-wattled Lapwing,Tawny Pipit, Crested Lark, Eurasian Hoopoe, Namaqua Dove and the rest.