We had some heavy humidity in Kuwait, so instead of birding along the coast, I headed to the west and Al Abraq, but with low expectations from a bird perspective and I wasn't disappointed.
Mostly resident species, but overhead I did have Sand Martin
|Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)|
And very late Common Swift (or perhaps pekanensis?) - interesting with the feet 'dangling' below the body; perhaps for cooling in the oppressive heat?
|Common Swift (Apus apus)|
I found a pair of Spanish Sparrows gathering nest material - these are generally winter visitors, so perhaps a pair has remained and will nest together with the House Sparrows.
|Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)|
As I did last week, I then walked around looking for invertebrates. There was a fair variety of butterflies; Asian Grass Blue
|Asian Grass Blue (Zizeeria karsandra)|
|Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosaceus)|
|Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)|
|Salmon Arab (Madais fausta)|
And Plain Tiger
|Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)|
A couple of Dragonfly species, including a new species for me; Bladetail
|Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla)|
Plus a couple of Emperor's - probably Vagrant (green eyes)
|Vagrant Emperor (Hemianax ephippiger)|
As well as some Darter types
I found two species of Grasshopper/Locust
And a delicate flowering plant with really spiky thorns
|Desert plant sp.|
I finished off with some images of the dwellings around the farm before heading home as the temps are now heading through the roof