Blandford’s Agama – Ash Shargiyah Development Company Farm

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Whilst birding Ash Shargiyah Development Company Farm, near Jubail Phil saw a Trapelus ruderatus resting in the top of a small bush. We have seen the species here on a previous visit but they are not often seen.

They range from northeast Jordan and southern Syria, through northern and eastern , Iraq, Kuwait and southern and central Iran as far south as Shiraz. The species occurs from close to sea level to around 1,000 metres above sea level. It can be moderately common in suitable habitat. This ground-dwelling species is associated with low shrubs (Nitraria) on the fringe of sandy dunes in arid areas and in sandy desert areas.

It can sometimes be found perching on bushes but is not found in modified areas. It is very similar to Trapelus flavimaculatus but Blanford’s Agama has lines on its back that are missing on .

Blandford’s Agama
Blandford’s Agama
Blandford’s Agama
Blandford’s Agama
Blandford’s Agama
Blandford’s Agama

 

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Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

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