26 Aug 2011

Lesser Short-toed Lark - Sabkhat Al Fasl

At Sabkhat Al Fasl (Jubail) yesterday we saw three Lesser Short-toed Lark which is only the second time I have seen the species at this site. They were feeding in some short growth by the edge of one of the main reed beds. This is not a common bird in the areas of the Eastern Province that I bird although is a resident breeder and winters in certain areas in large numbers (>5000 birds). Luckily today we were able to get a number of good photographs of the birds and I have included a photograph of a Greater Short-toed Lark taken at Dhahran Hills in March 2011 so you can see how different the two species look.
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark

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