My backlog is almost caught up...
After the visit to the south earlier in the month, I didn't expect much on today's visit as the heat hasn't abated.
On the boat, we spent some time off-shore around Mina Al Zour checking for sea birds.
Although breeding is still in progress on the off-shore islands, I found numbers of Lesser Crested Terns on the off-shore buoys
|Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)|
With smaller number of 1st year White-cheeked Terns amongst them
|1st year White-cheeked Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|
The number of Socotra Cormorants which are summer visitors to Kuwait had also increased and I was pleased to see one adult amongst the 1st year birds
|Adult Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)|
|1st year Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)|
On the way through the project I found a single Collared Pratincole on the beach
|Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)|
|Showing all the id features in flight|
Back on land, a single Blue Pansy butterfly was found in an area with desert vegetation
|Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)|
Also seen was my friend the Blue-throated Agamid in the same area that I found him earlier in the month
On the coast south of Khiran town, I came across a flock of 20+ Greater Sand Plovers with a few sporting breeding plumage (already!)
|Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)|
Also seen were many Metapograpsus Messor crabs in the rocks
Ghost Crab towers are a good sign of a healthy beach environment and there were many along this stretch of beach
|Ghost Crab Towers|