Returning Pied Kingfisher and White-throated Kingfisher – Jubail



Whilst birding the Jubail area recently I came across a female Pied Kingfisher. This species is now becoming an uncommon winter visitor to the Jubail area with birds seen every winter for the last four years.

The weather was very poor with overcast conditions so the photo is not the best but they are always lovely birds to see and often allow close approach. I also saw a White-throated Kingfisher a species that may now be resident in very small numbers in the Jubail area.

Unlike the Pied Kingfisher the White-throated Kingfisher rarely allows you to get close so the below is the best photo I could manage. Common Kingfishers are also back for the winter in good numbers so now we can see three species of Kingfisher in the same day if lucky in the Eastern Province.

Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher

 

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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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