I was back down at the Sea City, this time on the northern side of the project. Fortunately, sea conditions were a little better this week and we avoided getting as wet as we did on the last visit.
The mid-week visits are great as there is no pedestrian traffic on the beaches, nor jet-ski/boat traffic on the lagoons.
Cruising out slowly from the jetty produced a few birds on the pristine beaches, here a lone Caspian Gull that appeared to have an injured leg
|Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)|
|Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)|
|Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)|
|Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)|
|Socotra Cormorants (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) and Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)|
|Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)|
|Pale form Indian Reef Heron (Egretta g. schistacea)|
|Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei)|
On the way back to the jetty, we had a dark form Indian Pond Heron near the Khiran Marina
|Dark form Indian Reef Heron (Egretta g. schistacea)|
|Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)|
|Change of colour in the desert|