Whilst it was warm today, luckily there was no wind. I drove out to the farm this morning to see what I could find. Having been away for a while I was keen to catch up with the breeding Lapwings etc.
The nest with 4 eggs has hatched and I counted 3 surviving chicks this morning
An ever vigilant parent gives me a fly-by just to make sure I know they are around
In a nearby reservoir I came across this single Black-winged Stilt
This female Montagu's Harrier was resting on the ground. They are a lot less common than the Pallid Harriers that frequent the farm
Here is a B.I.F. shot of the same bird
There were plenty of Larks out and about. They were perched wherever they could find a good vantage point
I came across this single Isabelline Wheatear. Most of them have already passed through on their way north
I happened upon two Collared Pratincoles that were lying in a shallow furrow where some irrigation water had drained into the soil. They were obviously keeping themselves cool by doing so.
To round off the morning I also spotted two male Lesser Kestrels perched up on the overhead pylon. This is another new tick for me in Qatar