26 September 2013

Land and Sea

Week 37, 12 September 2013 - Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City (Click to enlarge image)

I was back down in the south to check out the migrant birds in the impressive Sea City development. This time my 'wheels' were powered by twin 250's on the back of a boat.

We started off-shore, where the customary Socotra Cormorants were roosting on the buoys. The breeding season is now over for the Terns of Kubbar Island, so there is a little post-breeding dispersal with young birds seen along the coast. So, today there were two 1st-year White-cheeked Terns

1st year White-cheeked Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
And a few Lesser Crested Terns

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)
Along the lagoon beaches near the Power Station I found a single Common Ringed Plover

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

There wasn't too much more about, so we parked the boat and watched the antics of a few Ghost Crabs which I found are quite elusive and very sensitive to both noise and movement. Their presence is a sign of healthy beach habitat which is encouraging.

Ghost Crab (Ocypode rotundata)

Travelling back to the main lagoon, I found two European Rollers resting on the rocks near the coastguard station and this was my first time for seeing this species in the south of Kuwait

Migrating European Roller (Coracias garrulus)

A walk on the smallest island produced three Shrike species

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)
Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
As well as Tree Pipit

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
and a single Western Cattle Egret

Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
A Salmon Arab was a new butterfly species for the project

Salmon Arab (Colotis fausta)
As was this Crimson Speckled Footman moth

Crimson Speckled Footman (Utetheisa pulchella)
A few Dragonflies were seen, here another I have not been able to identify.

Unidentified Dragonfly
No raptors were seen, which suggests that the main passage route for raptors is in a SW direction, but starting north of Kuwait City.

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