[April 28th 1916]
drowned cow through the waters while to parents strove to drag ashore the wreckage of their home. The fauna had become that of the swamp and shore. Geese and duck rested on the waters, Gulls and Terns chased the fish washed in over the river banks, Henns watched for prey in the shallows, Kingfishers hovered overhead, and Plover were busy in the islets of disappearing sand.
Note on a Storm (22nd March). A severe thunderstorm burst over Basra this evening. It was extraordinary local; only a small mist falling on our camp while on the river a mile distant we were in a few minutes, thoroughly drenched. The clouds in black, threatening heaps, revolved across the sky at an amazing