It had been some time in the planning, but finally I managed to arrange a round-trip to Umm Al Maradim Island for a pelagic and cetacean survey. Umm Al Maradim is one of the smaller islands in the south of Kuwait'. I had visited all of the other 8 off-shore islands of Kuwait, except for this last one and the one whose name means the "mother of boulders"
We departed from Khiran in great weather and flat seas and with the coast still in sight encountered two probably Arctic Skuas, but they were flying low and away from us, so almost impossible to clinch the id. As we got into deeper water and away from the coast, the number of Bridled Terns who are returning for the summer breeding season started increasing.
|Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)|
|Umm Al Maradim Island|
|Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)|
|Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)|