I had a visit to Sea City in the south of Kuwait on a hot and humid day that seemed to just drain all of your energy and reserves. I can usually handle the summer heat, but today was a struggle made even more so with skittish and uncooperative birds.
As expected, migrant diversity was up - but the numbers are still relatively low in the south (when compared to north of the City). Walking on the islands, a Little Crake was not expected, but disappeared into the undergrowth before I could get the camera to my eye. A single female Ortolan Bunting was a little more obliging
|Female Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)|
|Female Byzantine Stonechat (Saxicola m. variegatus)|
|Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)|
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
|Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)|
|Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)|
|Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)|
Once off-shore, only 2 Socotra Cormorants were roosting on the buoys, together with 2 juvenile Bridled Terns who are now dispersing after the summer breeding season on our off-shore islands.
|Juvenile Bridled Terns (Onychoprion anaethetus)|
Also seen were 2 juvenile White-cheeked Terns who will also soon be departing the Arabian Gulf shores
|Juvenile White-cheeked Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|