Markus Craig and I decided to take the long drive to the west and explore the Al Abraq farm. We left the city early, to be there at first light, to check if there were any early autumn passage arrivals.
Initially we walked around the farm, a surprise was a single Steppe Buzzard that may have roosted overnight.
|Steppe Buzzard (Buteo b. vulpinus)|
|Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)|
|Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla)|
The next day, I went out to Mutla'a Ranch on my own to look for birds and butterflies.
The only bird of interest was a Common Kestrel sitting in the shade in an area where the fields were being watered.
|Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)|
I was shocked and saddened to hear that this knowledgeable man had passed away since we had last 'spoken'. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge and author of many books and publications for butterflies of Middle East and Africa and for sure the world of Lepidoptera will be poorer without his presence in his field of expertise. However, his passion was infectious and will have undoubtedly spurred on many others to continue his work in this field andn in these regions.
Dr Torben's good friend Steve Collins has since assisted with the ID and confirmed it is Lederer's Cupid, a new butterfly species for Kuwait
|For you Torben; Lederer's Cupid (Chilades galba)|
|Crimson Speckled Footman (Utetheisa pulchella)|
|Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla f. feldegg)|
|Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)|
|Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio p. poliocephalus)|
|Little Stint (Calidris minuta)|
|Adult and juvenile Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)|
An Upcher's Warbler was seen foraging in and around the reeds
|Upcher's Warbler (Hippolais languida)|
|Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) feeding on the wing|