I was back down at the Sea City project and spent some time birding on the lagoons by boat and walking the islands in drizzle and overcast weather.
I came across a small flock of adult Slender-billed Gulls, but with one individual eating a strange coloured fish. Thanks to Anand for identifying it as a venomous Striped Eel Catfish (Plotossus lineatus), which is a common species in the Gulf.
|Adult Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei) eating a Striped Eel Catfish (Plotossus lineatus)|
A few Heuglin's Gulls were seen roosting on the lagoon beaches, these were part of a flock of around 200 birds that I saw fly in from near the Power Station on the coast
|Hueglin's Gull (Larus f. heuglini)|
|Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) and Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius atrifrons)|
|Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)|
|Unidentified Hover Fly|
|Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) showing broad terminal band on the tail|
An Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
|Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe h. melanoleuca)|
|Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)|