01 June 2018

Kubbar Island

Week 28; 14 July 2017 - Kubbar Island

Summer is when the 4 species of Tern arrive in Kuwait in large numbers (specifically Bridled and Lesser Crested) to breed predominantly on Kubbar Island. 

Each species have their niche area on this small island and obviously time their breeding with the abundance of small fish that are present beyond the reef surrounding the island.

The 100's of Bridled Terns nest under the salt bushes on the perimeter of the Island

Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)

Whilst the smaller White-cheeked Terns nest on the scrubby hard surface just inside the perimeter and are completely exposed to the elements

White-cheeked Tern (Sterna repressa)

The Lesser Crested and Swift Terns are communal breeders and nest together in what seems organised chaos. Once the young hatch, they are kept together in a nursery and protected by a handful of adult birds.

Lesser Crested Terns

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)

Swift Terns

Swift Tern (Sterna bergii)

A trip out to the Island is always enjoyable and the sunset can be enjoyed on the return trip to the Marina

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