Today I headed south to Sea City near Khiran and spent most of the morning on a boat as my mode of transport. Migrants are not as abundant in the south as they are in the north.
However, I did find an early winter arrival in the form of a Caspian Gull
|Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)|
|Juvenile Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)|
A distant flock of 7 migrating Glossy Ibis was a new species for me in Khiran
|Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)|
|Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)|
Whilst on the boat, we spooked a good number of Hound Needlefish (I really like their scientific names!) which lept out of the water and often tail-walked for quite a distance and at quite a speed. I took this as a photographic challenge, not that a naked 600mm was the best lens to choose for this exercise (the 400mm would have been far easier to handle). This few images were the best of my attempts, but for sure I will try again with a more appropriate lens.
|Airborne Hound Needlefish (Tylosaurus crocodilus)|
|Hound Needlefish like a bullet at high speed|
|They just explode out of the water|
|Litte Egret (Egretta garzetta)|
|Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)|