Crested Honey Buzzard in Alheefah Park – Tanoumah

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We went to look for Eurasian Griffon Vultures at the lookout point in Alheefah Park and were rewarded with a female Crested that flew along the escarpment before disappearing.

The species has only been seen five times previously in the summer in the Kingdom but this record being mid-may could be a late spring bird.

Crested Honey Buzzard

Last summer we saw an adult female flying just overhead in the Bani Saad area and another adult female at some distance at the bottom of Wadi Wadj in Taif.

An adult Male was at Dhahran 5th & 6th May to 30 July 2011 with two second calendar year birds 5 July 2014 in Dhahran. A second calendar year was at Tanoumah 5 July 2013.

These new records mean that birds have been seen along most of the Asir mountain range in summer and show a few birds may regularly summer there.

As most birds seem to be females there is a chance birds could be breeding in the area?

Crested Honey Buzzard
Crested Honey Buzzard

 

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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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