Week 35; 29 August 2020 - Ras Salmiya
Earlier in the week, a possible Shearwater was seen from Ras Salmiya, so I opted for a sea watch in the late afternoon. The weather was not favourable, as there was little to no wind - but it was a distraction from the Pivots.
Although the afternoon was enjoyable, there were not many sea birds present along the coast.
I did expect to see Lesser Crested which have since dispersed after breeding on the off-shore islands and there were a few about
|Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)|
The excitement of the afternoon was watching an aerial 'dog-fight' with two Greater Crested Terns, with one chasing the other for over 5-minutes to try and get it to drop its evening dinner. It was unsuccessful and would have been better off just catching its own dinner
|Greater Crested Tern (Sterna bergii)|
Other birds seen included White-cheeked Tern, Slender-billed Gulls and this very distant Eurasian Whimbrel, that seemed to have really white underwings - but too far to even consider Steppe..
|Eurasian Whimbrel (Numenius p. phaeopus)|
I then grabbed a Starbucks and enjoyed the sunset over Kuwait City
|Kuwait City Sunset|
When I got home, this little Persian House Gecko that I relocated from my apartment, was sitting comfortably under the light on the outside wall. It has grown a bit, so more food must be available than was in my apartment
|Persian House Gecko (Hemidactylus persicus)|
At the end of this month, curfews will be finally lifted and we will return to the new normal of face masks, social distancing and temperature checks wherever you go....