This was my last survey of the year at Sea City and we included an extensive off-shore route from Mina Al Zour to south of Khiran village to check for any interesting pelagic birds.
Inside the project there were large numbers of Great Cormorants on the lagoon beaches and in the lagoons.
|Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)|
|Keeping up with the boat|
|Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)|
|Adult Heuglin's Gull (Larus f. heuglini) showing some dominance|
This Gull had an almost black-back from a distance, but once I got closer saw that it was dark slate grey (certainly darker than the Heuglin's in the previous image) - so I am uncertain of the identity of this Gull; Heuglins or Baltic, but more likely Heuglin's?
|Possible Heuglin's Gull (Larus f. heuglini)|
Further south I came across 5 Lesser Crested Terns on a light buoy, very unusual for this time of year.
|Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)|
|Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)|
|Desert Finch (Rhodospiza obsoleta)|