13 July 2013

The birds and the butterflies

Week 28, 11 July 2013 - Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City (Click to enlarge image)

A visit to the Sea City project in the south of Kuwait in what is considered to be the hottest month of the year produced very little.

Very little birdlife on the islands, but I did find good numbers of Blue Pansy butterflies - certainly more than I have seen in Kuwait in previous years

Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)
Since we had the boat, as usual we checked off-shore and found 12 Socotra Cormorants on the off-shore buoys, all but one were 1st year birds

Adult Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)

Portrait of 1st year Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)
Heading back to the jetty, I found another inside the project and this is the first time I have seen this species fishing in the lagoons - so it was a pleasant surprise and shows that food is abundant in the lagoons.

Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) fishing in the lagoon

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