This morning I went out early in order to be around Mogan at dawn. I started west of the lake to in order to take advantage of the rising sun.
It was just 4 celsius at sunrise, but it soon became really nice and warm. Spring is here and so are the birds. I soon found the first Garganeys and Purple Herons of the year.
Along the lake side a nice male Little Crake was joined by a Moustached Warbler and a Kingfisher. A bit later a female Little Crake came swimming by.
Just south of the lake a lot of construction is going on, so it is hard to bird there. But the first two Lesser Kestrels, a few Black-winged Stilts and two Hoopoes were around.
Further south the birding was good too. My first Tawny Pipit and Red-throated Pipit were in the small flooded areas and a few Yellow and a single Citrine Wagtail were also present.
Isabelline and Northern Wheatears have arrived and were joined by a single but stunning Black-eared Wheatear.
Small numbers of shorebirds are building up including Ruff, Green and Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank and Little Ringed Plovers.
A few hundred White Storks were joined by a few Black Storks as well.
At one point a large and heavy eagle flew by, but I only saw it from behind – and only got some crappy photos. Could be a subad Steppe Eagle or Eastern Imperial Eagle, but I am not sure.
All in all it was a very good day with many new year ticks, (Red-throated Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear, Garganey, Moustached Warbler, Purple Heron etc) but numbers were quite low. But in two weeks time it’s gonna be wild 🙂 We just need some bad weather now.