05 July 2014

Finally some birds!

Week 25, 21 June 2014 - Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City

My backlog is almost caught up...

After the visit to the south earlier in the month, I didn't expect much on today's visit as the heat hasn't abated.

On the boat, we spent some time off-shore around Mina Al Zour checking for sea birds.

Although breeding is still in progress on the off-shore islands, I found numbers of Lesser Crested Terns on the off-shore buoys

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)

With smaller number of 1st year White-cheeked Terns amongst them

1st year White-cheeked Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
The number of Socotra Cormorants which are summer visitors to Kuwait had also increased and I was pleased to see one adult amongst the 1st year birds

Adult Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)

1st year Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)
On the way through the project I found a single Collared Pratincole on the beach

Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)

Showing all the id features in flight
Back on land, a single Blue Pansy butterfly was found in an area with desert vegetation

Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)
Also seen was my friend the Blue-throated Agamid in the same area that I found him earlier in the month

Blue-throated Agamid

On the coast south of Khiran town, I came across a flock of 20+ Greater Sand Plovers with a few sporting breeding plumage (already!)

Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Also seen were many Metapograpsus Messor crabs in the rocks

Metapograpsus Messor
Ghost Crab towers are a good sign of a healthy beach environment and there were many along this stretch of beach

Ghost Crab Towers

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