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We were fortunate to be invited to join the BioE turtle team on a trip to Qaruh Island to check on the many Green Turtle nests. This was my first trip to this southern island after passing Umm Al Maradim which is a little further south of Qaruh, but also closer to the mainland.
Qaruh is the smallest (275 x 175m) of the nine islands of Kuwait but is also the furtherest (37,5 km) away from the mainland. Of interest, Qaruh was the first part of Kuwaiti soil that was liberated from Iraq during the Gulf War on 21 January 1991.
|Coming in to Qaruh Island|
|Maneuvering to the dock|
|Socotra Cormorants (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)|
Once we had arrived, off-loaded and settled we quickly explored the island - no hatchlings today. I noted that there was almost no vegetation or habitat on the island, other than 2 bushes at the entrance of Coastguard building.
There were a surprising number of passerine migrants that had landed and were resting on the island. Today I had attached my smaller 400mm to my Canon, which made it easier to use on the crossing and the island itself. A male Ehrenberg's Redstart was seen around the Coastguard building
|Male Ehrenberg's Redstart (Phoenicurus p. sammamisicus)|
|Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)|
|Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)|
|Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)|
A few Shrikes were seen and most were Red-backed
|Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)|
|Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)|
|Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)|
|Female Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)|
|Male Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)|
Even more surprising was a female Blue Rock Thrush
|Female Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)|
and an Egyptian Nightjar
|An out of place Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)|
|Qaruh in soft afternoon light|
|The end of a great day|