I had another sortie down to Sea City in less than ideal conditions, I guess not all outings can be done in perfect weather.
A low pressure cell with ominous clouds, some drizzle and increasing winds bringing rising dust through the morning.
|Storm clouds in front of the rising sun|
Most birds were keeping out of the wind, but I did find a relatively sheltered estuary on the south side of Khiran that had an extraordinary number of birds staying low out of the wind and blowing sand and under very grey skies.
Most surprising was a flock of around 470 Slender-billed Gulls roosting on a sandbank, certainly the most I have seen this far south.
In an area away from the main force of the wind, I found a mixed flock of winter plumaged (grey, to match the sky) shorebirds - a Terek Sandpiper disappeared before I could even open the window, but other good birds included; Bar-tailed Godwit, my first record from the south of Kuwait.
|Winter plumage Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)|
|Probing deep in the sand for mollusks|
|Winter plumage Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)|
|Winter plumage Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)|
|Winter plumage Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)|
|Winter plumage Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius atrifrons)|
There was not much else to be seen, so I headed home to clean the dust off all my kit and myself.