A few Biodiversity East members and friends had the opportunity of joining a dive charter departing from Khiran to Qaru Island for a days exploration and snorkeling.
A full Silsan departed at 9am and we chugged our way East across the Arabian Gulf to Qaru in pretty choppy seas with some big swells that had a few passengers looking decidedly 'green in the gills' - I was sea watching in the hope of some pelagic bird species, but only had Socotra Cormorant, Lesser Crested Terns and Bridled Terns.
|Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)|
As we weren't diving, the tender boat took us to shore and we had some time to explore this very small but important sandy island. No Terns breed on this island, but rather on Kubbar which is north of Qaru.
Of course I checked for signs of passerine migration and found Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin and 7 Eurasian Hoopoe roosting and flying around the radio mast.
|Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops)|
|Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida)|
|Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flava)|
After a bit of snorkeling where the colours of reef fish are as amazing as some of the passerine migrants it was time to head back to Khiran on the Silsan.
|Silsan Dive Boat|
|Bridled Tern heading to a roost|