22 October 2018

Creatures of the night

Week 38; 20 September 2018 - Khuwaisat

It had been awhile since Aziz and I had gone out at night and we were still 0-2 with respect to scorpions and adders. We agreed to meet at JPR before sunset to travel together in one car.

While waiting at JPR just after sunset I was treated with an real spectacle of squadrons of Naked-rumped Tomb Bats coming from Jahra to the reserve to feed on the eruption of midges. It was truly a sight to marvel at and although the light was really low, I did manage a few images

Naked-rumped Tomb Bat (Taphozoous nudiventris)

In amongst the bats, a few Egyptian Nightjar's also got in on the act

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)

Once Aziz arrived, we headed to Khuwaisat and started slowly exploring. First up were Gecko's with Desert Gecko being the most common. They really do exude character and those eyes!

Desert Gecko (Stenodactylus doriae)

We stopped often to turn over deserted litter from last years desert camps and then found Blandford's Rock Gecko

Blandford's Rock Gecko (Bunopus tuberculatous)

and finally a sought after little Slevin's Gecko. I was fortunate enough to catch it cleaning it's eye

Slevin's Gecko (Stenodactylus slevini)

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Why, because I can!

Of the rodents, we had some Cheeseman Gerbils

Cheeseman's Gerbil (Gerbillus cheesmani)

But mostly we saw Lesser Egyptian Jerboa with one quite confiding individual that allowed close approach

Lesser Egyptian Jerboa (Jaculus jaculus)

No luck with any scorpions and adders, despite the humidity which we thought would bring them out - the score is now 0-3!

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