25 November 2010

Thinking of birding Kuwait?

As far as I can tell, the winter months in Gwent are for planning next year's trips abroad. Personally, I'm still in the early stages of planning, but I did notice this little snippet regarding Kuwait that might well put off the travelling birder. It would appear that whilst you can still seek out Socotra Cormorant, Red-vented Bulbul and Bank Myna (or perhaps Crab Plover, Crested Tern, White-cheeked Tern, Bridled Tern, Dunn’s Lark, White-eared Bulbul, Grey Hypocolius and Basra Reed Warbler) you may well not be allowed to take a photograph, at least, not with a decent camera. Bizarre as it may sound, three Kuwaiti government ministries appear to have deemed the DSLR unsuitable for use by the general public. There does, however, seem to be a distinct lack of clarity on the issue, so it's probably worth keeping an eye on, should you be thinking of winging your way Persian Gulfwards.

[NB. See comments with an update from Kuwait,...] 


Haitham Al-Ghareeb said...


I'm from Kuwait, I birding at least twice a week and we are a voluntary team of 6 photographers we do only birds photography .

This is false ,You still can use your SLR almost in every public place/location , if you have any intention to visit Kuwait we will be glade to guide you through the best birding locations and sites.
kindly visit our humble website to see a brief of our 2013 birds photos in the blog.
and maybe you can contact me on my personal Email for any farther clarifications or assistant



Darryl said...

Thanks for the update Haitham.