I was able to arrange a trip to Boubyan and Warba Islands to conduct a cetacean survey with a small group of interesting people.
Unfortunately, it was one of those days where the weather turned on the drive to meet the boat - but this did not deter our enthusiasm. So for the duration of the survey to the south of Boubyan and then to the north we were battered by strong blustery wind and bigger than usual waves.
As it turned out we had 3 different sightings of Indo-pacific Humpback Dolphins, so the group was delighted. However, getting useful images was a real challenge
|Indo-pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis)|
With the last sighting the Dolphins were feeding and we could follow where they were going by the mixed flock of Terns flying above them. This at least help give a feel for where they may surface to take some images from the rolling deck of the boat. However, I was treated to 5 Tern species, many of which return to Kuwait annually for the summer breeding season. I saw numbers of Lesser Crested Tern
|Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)|
|Swift Tern (Sterna bergii)|
And Caspian Terns
|Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)|
|Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)|
|Female Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)|
|White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)|
So, despite the weather this was a pretty successful outing.
|Slender Mudskipper (Scartelaos tenuis)|