Kuwait City Zoo?
Rumors last day from Mr Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan told us that the local birder Rashed had found a Indian Roller in the gardens of Kuwait University gave us last-minute hopes for this outright tricky WP-blaster.
We started our day at Sulaibikhat NR and once more scanned through the Flamingos without finding any small one. At 07:30 we anxiously met up with Abdulrahman, who took us and the Belgian team through the campus guardpost without any problems. After only a short search we managed to relocate the bird and adding a real winter-blaster, and a beautiful bird, to our Kuwait-trip-list. To Arnes great delightment the roller had teamed up with two House Crows (a species his team members decidedly had refused to search for...).
We certainly couldn’t have got a better end to this fantastic trip. Celebrating with a close-to-ten full burger and fries breakfast we decided to spend the rest of the day at Jahra East Outfall (4 Citrine Wagtails and 1 Little Bittern) and Doha spit (160 Crab Plovers, 2 Pallas’s Gulls, 21 Broad-billed Sandpipers and 20 Terek Sandpipers). While we birded Jahra East Outfall we recieved information from the Belgians who told us the had found another two Indian Rollers together at Jahra West, amazing!
Hans, our very special driver of the day, caught a nail on the road at Doha Spit. Pfffffffff... But we managed to change the wheel in 20 minutes or so.
Once again: Great thanks to all Kuwaiti birders who has helped us planning and arranging this trip. A special thanks to Mr Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan for assisting us in the field several of the days.
We will certainly be back during migration period!