After almost 3-weeks of non-stop wind and blowing dust we finally had a clear and windless day. I opted to head south and explore the coast on a boat between Sea City and Mina Al Zour.
As expected, I had a single Bridled Tern on the off-shore marker buoys
|Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)|
|1st Year Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)|
|Sub-adult Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)|
|Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)|
|One of 4 adult Socotra Cormorants (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) seen|
A few birds were sitting on the water and quick as a flash, the adult bird dived down and came up with some breakfast that it had to eat quickly, as the 1st year birds tried a bit of hijacking.
|Adult Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) with breakfast|
On the way back to the Sea City, I had a pair of White-cheeked Terns on the beach inside the project.
|White-cheeked Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)|