28 Oct 2015

Some birds from Al Asfar Lake near Al Hassa – Records by Arnold Uy

Arnold Uy a bird photographer working in Saudi Arabia has sent me a few of his excellent photos of birds he has seen at Al Asfar Lake on the outskirts of Al Hassa. This is a very good, large inland wetland with plenty of water and extensive reed beds. Arnold has seen some good birds at Al Asfar Lake with the best probably a European nightjar a species not seen regularly at all in the Eastern Province where it is an uncommon passage migrant. He has also seen good numbers of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Turkestan Shrikes, Common Moorhens and Western Marsh Harriers species that are more commonly seen but normally only at large expanses of water (excepting the Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters that can be seen anywhere). Arnold has very kindly allowed me to use his photos on my website some of which are reproduced below.
European Nightjar
European Nightjar
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear
Turkestan Shrike
Turkestan Shrike
Western Marsh Harrier
Western Marsh Harrier
Western Marsh Harrier
Western Marsh Harrier

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