5 Dec 2015

Waders, Winterers and residents – Sabkhat Al Fasl

My last trip to Sabkhat Al Fasl produced a number of waders of various species including the highest number of Marsh Sandpipers I have seen for a while. Most waders were Dunlins with good numbers of Common Ringed Plover scattered amongst them. A few smart plumaged Kentish Plovers were feeding around the shoreline and a single Grey Plover was also present. Waders seen inland included Green Sandpiper and Common Snipe. Wintering species seen included good numbers of Greater Spotted Eagles and Western Marsh Harriers and a single Water Rail although others were heard calling from the reed beds. A few European Stonechats, plenty of Water Pipits and White Wagtails plus several Bluethroats were all seen along the edges to the reed beds. Squacco Herons were still around in good numbers as were Grey Herons and a singe Purple Heron was located in amongst them. Three species of Kingfisher were also seen including Common Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher and White-breasted Kingfisher and good numbers of Grey-headed Swamphens made up the good birds seen.
Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper
Dunlin
Dunlin
Common Ringed Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Common Snipe
Common Snipe
Greater Spotted Eagle
Greater Spotted Eagle
European Stonechat
European Stonechat
Pied Kingfishers
Pied Kingfishers
Pied Kingfishers
Pied Kingfishers
Pied Kingfishers
Pied Kingfishers
Water Rail
Water Rail
Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron
Grey-headed Swamphen
Grey-headed Swamphen
Grey-headed Swamphen
Grey-headed Swamphen

2 comments:

  1. Jem
    Nice birding ended! 3 KF species , water rail , waders and more, This year the Sabkah it's perfect.
    Regards
    Mansur

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    1. Mansur

      It has been good at SAF as it normally is. Pied Kingfisher numbers are now 12 an amazing sight.

      Jem

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