Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Jordan Day 1 Shaumari area

The second half of Day 1 in Jordan was spent at the Shaumari reserve near Azraq, managed by Ashraf. Theis extensive reserve is the centre for reintroduction of rare mammals such as Arabian Oryx and Onager and they have a few 'rescue' falcons taken from illegal falconers. We were mainly there for the wild birds, though, which included plentiful Siberian Stonechats, Crested Larks and what-not. New for me was Temminck's Lark, one of my favourite Jordanian birds.
Male Desert Wheatear
Crested Lark
The Shaumari wader site (and home to lots of Temminck's Larks). We had Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck's and Little Stint, Black-winged Stilt, Kentish, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, Spur-winged Lapwing and I heard a Greenshank. Several Short-toed Larks whizzed by.
Temminck's Larks
Bad hair day for a Temminck's Lark
Temminck's Lark having a preen in the cool shade of a rock
Ashraf having a post-tea smoke
Slightly squashed Eagle Owl pellet near HQ
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler
Paw marks, perhaps of a cat species, in the desiccation polygons
Me with one of the confiscated falconer's birds
Green-striped White Euchloe belemia, I think
Hoopoe (deceased) presumably by natural causes
I found several feathers of this (Northern) Wheatear about 75m from where we found the tailless corpse impaled on the top of the fence, by one of a pair of Southern Grey Shrikes (see fence below and note 'spike' on right)
Southern Grey Shrike (Wheatear killer)
I have forgotten what this flat rhubarb is called
Shaumari habitat near the oryx pen
Khaled and Ashraf chillaxing in the 'field'
Tawny Pipit

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