27 Feb 2013

Peregrine Falcon – Dhahran Main Camp


Whilst driving along the main road from Dhahran Hills into Dhahran Main Camp, I saw a group of very fast flying and agitated Rose-ringed Parakeets. The birds were not flying in their normal manner, following each other in a small group, but were rather going in all directions making a lot of noise. It was then I saw an adult Peregrine Falcon flash through the group, but luckily for the Rose-ringed Parakeets without success. Fortunately, as I carry my binoculars with me in the car at all times, I was able to get some good views of the bird before it departed. This is the first time I have seen the species in Saudi Arabia and better still for me the first time I have seen one on the ‘patch’. A ‘patch’ to birders is an area that is close to home, where one goes bird-watching as much as possible, in my case almost every day. Peregrine Falcon is a widespread but uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia which is more likely to be seen near the coast than inland. The sub-species we are likely to get on passage in Eastern Saudi Arabia is Falco peregrinus calidus (Latham 1790), which was formerly called leucogenys and includes caeruleiceps. It breeds in the Arctic tundra of Eurasia and is completely migratory travelling south in winter as far as southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It is paler than peregrinus, especially on the crown and is a large sub-species.

7 comments:

  1. Excellent record and beautiful photo Jem. I still haven't seen a peregrine in KSA. I am a bit envious

    Rob

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    1. Rob,

      You have seen plenty of species I have not seen in Saudi Arabia, which I also would love to see. With all your travelling in serch of birds in KSA I am sure you will see a Peregrine Falcon at some time.

      Jem

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  2. What do you reckon that sub-ssp is then, Jem?

    Laurie -

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    1. Laurie,

      It is difficult to tell but the upperparts apeared quite pale and the large size of the bird compared to the Rose-ringed Parakeets gaveme the impression it may have be F.p. calidus

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  3. Here's a link to Yoav Perlmans excellent blog from Israel - a post from January, right down at the bottom is a picture of a 'callidus' - nice bird....

    http://nubijar.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/dutch-wild-ass.html

    Laurie -

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  4. Dear Jem,
    we are looking for birds of prey for birds control purpose in our Plants in central and eastern regions.
    could you avise some contacts?
    your reply is much appreciated.
    thank you

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    1. Cheikh

      I am sorry but I do not have any contacts for this type of business.

      Jem

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