After a fantastic 2-weeks in the mountains and forests of Austria and even a bonus snow storm on the last day of the year, we find ourselves back in Kuwait - where it did take quite some time to re-adjust back to the land of sand!
There were good winter rains while we were away and this bodes well for a good spring as the desert floral show will start erupting soon.
My first outing of the year, was down south...
Very few winter species at my first stop, other than a White Wagtail
|White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)|
|Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)|
|Western Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)|
|White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus l. leucotis)|
An array of the resident Slender-billed Gulls in a variety of plumage variations
|Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei)|
A single Common Black-headed Gull which are uncommon in the south
|Wintering Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)|
A classic winter plumaged Heuglin's Gull (in hindsight, similar to the bird I recorded last month)
|Heuglin's Gull (Larus f. heuglini)|
This one may be Steppe, as it is a little paler above than some of the other Heuglin's that were present.....
|Possible Steppe Gull (Larus f. barabensis)|
A flyby of a single Western Cattle Egret was also a little unusual for the south of Kuwait
|Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)|
|Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui cardui)|
|Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosaceus)|
|Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis)|