The weather had stabilised and improved by the end of last week, so I was able to get off-shore from Sea City without getting wet and my kit sprayed.
The Bridled Terns seen last week were still present this week on the off-shore buoys and this pair was also seen mating in preparation for the coming breeding season on the off-shore islands.
|Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)|
|Mating pair of Bridle Terns (Onychoprion anaethetus)|
Two Socotra Cormorants were also in the vicinity of the buoys but were initially roosting on the sea
|Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)|
The Lesser Crested are the cool kids on the block, sorry buoy
|Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)|
Whilst the White-cheeked are more elegant and sophisticated
|White-cheeked Tern (Sterna bengalensis)|
Suddenly there was a lot of activity in the sea and the Terns all took off in the same direction - we saw the surface water boiling as some predator fish hammered a school of smaller fish. This activity generally doesn't last long and when we got there only the Bridled Terns remained, as the bait ball had gone deep and moved off - only to re-appear about 100m further a little later.
|Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus) over the feeding frenzy|
|You can just see the predator and prey fish below and to the left of the Tern|
|The flock of 13 Socotra Cormorants (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)|
Once back on dry land, I found a Sedge Warbler in some suitable habitat, a species I had not seen in Sea City on previous visits.
|Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)|