28 Feb 2015

Some water-birds on a small pond – Dhahran golf course

A trip to Dhahran golf course to see if I could see the Long-tailed Shrike and the three species of Kingfisher that had been present produced neither Long-tailed Shrike, Pied Kingfisher or White-throated Kingfisher but did turn up a few interesting water-birds on the small pond. The female Common Kingfisher was still present hunting from the reed bed and alongside it at one stage was a nice male Little Bittern. There is a good chance the Little Bitterns are nesting at this site as we caught a female Little Bittern at Sabkhat Al Fasl two weeks ago that had a brood patch and probably had eggs as well. Other interesting birds were a few Great Cormorants including one drying it’s wings whilst standing on a concrete fountain built in the pond. Also sitting on this structure as well as fishing in the pond was a white phase juvenile Indian Reef Heron. There were very few other birds of note although a small number of Pallid Swifts were flying overhead. The trip was short as this is a restricted area so the good birds mentioned above may still be present somewhere.
Little Bittern - male
Little Bittern - male
Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Indian Reef Heron
Indian Reef Heron
Pallid Swift
Pallid Swift

4 comments:

  1. I have been browsing your site for some time now, never hadthe chance to write you any comment. I really appreciate what you are doing. great hobby that u have. keep it up.

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    1. Ahmed

      Thanks for the kind words on my log and I am glad you enjoy it.

      Jem

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  2. Spotted a Great Cormorant drying its open, outspread wings in the university pond this morning.

    I was quite taken aback.

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    1. That was in Al-Khobar or more specifically, Al-Aziziyah

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