25 Aug 2015

Migrants in the Tabuk area – bird records by Viv Wilson

Viv was out in last weekend in the Tabuk area and managed to see and photograph a number of migrants that have just started passing. Viv mentioned he went birding for a while one morning before it got too hot as he has no a/c in his car. This summer has been very hot in Saudi Arabia with temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius on occasions. During Viv’s trip he saw three different European Rollers at the wetlands and one up at the farm area. The morning was overcast so the light was not all that good but Viv took a few decent photos of a few good migrant birds including Montagu’s Harrier, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and Red-backed Shrike. Plenty of residents were also on view including Namaqua Dove, Graceful Prinia and Black-Bush Robin. He has kindly allowed me to use them on my website and some are reproduced below.
Montagu's Harrier
Montagu's Harrier 
Montagu's Harrier
Montagu's Harrier
Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike
European Roller
European Roller
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Black Scrub Robin
Black Bush Robin
Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia
Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove

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