I was back at Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City and spent some time off-shore and exploring the lagoons in Phase A2.
The numbers of Great Cormorants and large White-headed Gulls have reduced dramatically in the last week and I'm sure almost all will have headed north in the coming week or two.
A single Sandwich Tern was seen close to the Harbour.
|Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)|
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
Once I had finished on the boat, I explored some desert areas, but already the heat haze playing havoc on image quality. A distant Northern Wheatear was seen
|Male Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)|
|Male Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)|
|Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)|
|3 Species of Stingray in the 36 dumped in the car-park after a nights fishing|
This sighting on top of news that the annual Spring carnage of indiscriminate shooting, maiming and killing of migrants is also in full swing in the north of Kuwait (where there are still many desert camps) and out of the public eye. News has filtered through of 3 Critically Endangered Sociable Plovers being shot and killed for fun, as well as hundreds of Caspian Plovers, Bimaculated Larks and Skylarks - and that was just this week, at the start of Spring migration. This has been raised to OSME and Birdlife International in the hope that we can raise this to the relevant authorities so that changes can be made to legislation to limit and curb this annual massacre!