Blandford’s Lark in the Talea’a Valley – Abha

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The Talea’a Valley near Abha is in the Asir mountains in southwest and is a large upland wadi with stony ground and acacia trees growing in the bottom.

The valley is hot and dry and any area of water attracts a steady stream of birds in the summer coming down to drink so are worth looking at if found so a small wet area near a dam looked promising especially as we had seen in this area last year.

After a little searching we managed to located about twenty birds feeding in the stony areas and song flighting as well.

We were there at just after midday so the light was very harsh making photography difficult but I took a few reasonable photos of this difficult to see species.

Blandfords Lark
Blandfords Lark
Blandfords Lark
Blandfords Lark

 

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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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Chandy Wik

cute birds

Srinivasan Venkataraman Iyer

Lovely pic.

Dave Richards

Can we have the Scienific name of this lark? How does it difer from a Red-capped Lark C. cinerea?