16 Apr 2016

Good numbers of Caspian Terns – Jubail

Caspian Tern is a common sighting in Jubail where they can be seen in almost any wetland area from the coast inland to flooded sabkhat areas like Sabkhat Al Fasl and Khafra Marsh. Although common numbers seen rarely exceed ten although late in the summer, around September, numbers can exceed 150 birds mainly out on flooded sabkha. The last trip to Jubail was good for Caspian Terns with up to twenty sitting out with a small flok of Large White-headed Gulls and more birds flying up and down a flooded area by the side of the road. These birds put on quite a nice display flying past the car on a number of occasions and doubling back past the car again. This allowed a few attempts at in flight photography with a few decent results achieved. They are a huge tern when compared to the Little Terns, Marsh Terns and Gull-billed Terns nearby and are a very impressive species in my opinion.
Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

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