It had been awhile since Aziz and I had gone out at night and we were still 0-2 with respect to scorpions and adders. We agreed to meet at JPR before sunset to travel together in one car.
While waiting at JPR just after sunset I was treated with an real spectacle of squadrons of Naked-rumped Tomb Bats coming from Jahra to the reserve to feed on the eruption of midges. It was truly a sight to marvel at and although the light was really low, I did manage a few images
|Naked-rumped Tomb Bat (Taphozoous nudiventris)|
|Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)|
Once Aziz arrived, we headed to Khuwaisat and started slowly exploring. First up were Gecko's with Desert Gecko being the most common. They really do exude character and those eyes!
|Desert Gecko (Stenodactylus doriae)|
We stopped often to turn over deserted litter from last years desert camps and then found Blandford's Rock Gecko
|Blandford's Rock Gecko (Bunopus tuberculatous)|
and finally a sought after little Slevin's Gecko. I was fortunate enough to catch it cleaning it's eye
|Slevin's Gecko (Stenodactylus slevini)|
|Why, because I can!|
Of the rodents, we had some Cheeseman Gerbils
|Cheeseman's Gerbil (Gerbillus cheesmani)|
But mostly we saw Lesser Egyptian Jerboa with one quite confiding individual that allowed close approach
|Lesser Egyptian Jerboa (Jaculus jaculus)|
No luck with any scorpions and adders, despite the humidity which we thought would bring them out - the score is now 0-3!