27 Mar 2013

Short-toed Snake Eagle – Dhahran Hills


Whilst birding the ‘patch’ last night I found a Short-toed Snake Eagle just taking to flight from the large boulders behind the percolation pond. I was in the car with my camera at the time so jumped out of the car and grabbed a few photographs, some of which turned out reasonably well. The species is scarce in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, but I have now had four different sightings of five birds.
A second calendar year 31st March 2011
Two juveniles 22nd October 2011
A second calendar year 19th February 2012
A second calendar year 26th March 2013
The bird was a very pale one on the underside with very few markings typical of a second calendar year but the head pattern and primary pattern were typical.









6 comments:

  1. Nice set of close-up shots, i could see a distant bird being mistaken for Osprey perhaps.....

    Laurie -

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    1. Laurie,

      This bird was a pale individual as well making your statement on mistaking a distant bird for a Western Osprey even more true.

      Jem

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  2. Just thought you might be interested to know that we saw 3 of these in Dhahran around 1:30pm today flying over the Golf Course from Canyon Rd direction. LOVE your site as it is so helpful to a lay birdwatcher. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the information. Please look at Crested Honey Buzzard as these birds look very similar to Short-toed Snake Eagle. Three have been seen over the Golf course in recent days and the birds you saw may be this species?

      Jem

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    2. Oh, I think you are right as I remember the inside wing span had a more prominent pattern. I also didn't think Eagles would fly with other eagles, is that true?

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    3. Crested Honey Buzzard is a good bird to see - well done. Eagles do sometimes fly together.

      Regards
      Jem

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