2 Nov 2011

Sabkhat Al Fasl - Bird Records by Sander Willems

Sander Willems visited Sabkhat Al Fasl last Friday, from 06:00 - 16:00 hrs, walking from the golf course to the water treatment plant, and stayed in that area from 10:00 - 15:00 hrs waiting for the temperature to come down a bit. The harriers, eagles and a falcon put up a great show during the hottest hours. It was a beautiful day. This is a list of what was seen:
Water Pipit
- Little Grebe
- 500 Greater Flamingo in the far NE pond. 30 in the pond just north of the water treatment facility.
- Squacco Heron
- Grey Heron
- 1 Purple Heron (juv)
- Western Great Egret
- Little Egret
- Western Reef Heron (white & dark morph)
- 10+ Western Marsh Harriers (adult & juv)
- Greater Spotted Eagle (several adult & juv)
- A Merlin
- Common Moorhen
- Purple Swamphen
- Eurasian Coot
- Black-winged Stilt
- 40 Pied Avocet
- White-tailed Lapwing
- Kentish Plover
- Common Snipe
- Common Redshank
- Little Stint
- Common Black-headed Gull
- Slender-billed Gull
- Gull-billed Tern
- 20-30 Caspian Terns
- 1 Common Kingfisher
- 10-20 Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters
- Daurian Shrike (1 adult and 1 juvenile)
- Crested Lark
- Barn Swallow
- Graceful Prinia (many)
- Great Reed Warbler
- Clamorous Reed Warbler
- Eurasian Reed Warbler
- Willow Warbler
- Bluethroats (a pair)
- Pied Wheatear
- Grey Wagtail
- White Wagtail
- Water Pipit

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