Whilst birding Jubail recently I have come across a number of winter visitors to the region. Common Kestrel is an uncommon passage migrant but numbers build up in the winter months when they can be seen in various locations.
Isabelline Wheatear numbers also increase as winter wears on and they can be seen along the edge of any habitat where at least some vegetation is present. Squacco Heron can be seen throughout the year but again numbers build up significantly during the winter with hundreds of birds seen on some occasions.
Duck are more difficult to see and photograph as they are very timid, but I have seen a few Northern Shoveller in recent weeks in various sites.
Other birds seen but not photographed include Montagu’s Harrier, Pied Kingfisher and White-throated Kingfisher.
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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