9 Apr 2012

Hofuf

We went on a family trip to Hofuf to see what was there. I took my camera and binoculars to see if I could see any good birds. Hofuf has the largest date palm oasis in the world and has trees scattered over many square kilometres of land. It looks good for birdwatching but turned out to be very disappointing.
Al Hassa Oasis (largest date palm oasis in the world)


We looked around Ibrahim Palace which is a large fort like palace in the middle of Hofuf but there were few birds to be seen in the area with the exception of White-eared Bulbul and House Sparrow.
Ibrahim Palace (Hofuf)


We then went to the Al Gara Mountain to look at the caves and see if there were any Martins or Wheatears present but again had no luck with only a single Isabelline Wheatear seen. These mountains are made of limestone and are considered to be one of the most important natural landmarks of the region. They contain many caves and alleyways between the rocks which remain cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
 Al Gara Mountain
 Al Gara Mountain
Al Gara Mountain Caves

5 comments:

  1. Jem,

    Hofuf is almost as close to me (in Riyadh) as you! Have you read what Pers Bertilsson said about the place?

    "Hofuf is the main town in the Al Hasa oasis on route from Riyadh to Dammam. The area is dotted with date palm and fruit farms. The irrigation surplus is led into the dessert creating reed marshes. I followed one of these canals towards N and NE and ended up at the marsh that I refer to as Hofuf marshes in the checklist. I have realised later that the best wetlands for birds is probably located to the SE of the town".

    I was thinking about going there myself. Did you find the marshes and I wonder if they still exist? Rob

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    1. Many of the old birding sites are no longer present as far as I could ascertain although it is a jungle of concrete sided drainage channels and there must be good habitat somewhere around but I did not find it. If you had plenty of time it should be possile to locate at least a few quiet pools that should be good for birds.

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  2. The current image on Google Images shows a dry wadi-type area to the South-East and Lake Asfar to the North East the image could be upto 3 years old tho'.

    Laurie -

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  3. I CAME TO IN THE CITY OF AL HOFUF THERE IS A LIKE WHRE PEOPLE TAKE BATH FOR THE SKIN DECESAS. IF SOMEBDOY KNOW PLEASE NAME IT. i HAVE SKIN PROBLME I WILL MAKE A VIST TO THAT PLACE. iT IS IN THE CITY OR NEAR BY HOFUF. K.S.A. Thanks

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