10 May 2017

Some interesting birds - Haradh

Phil Roberts and I went to Haradh in late April to look for migrants and other birds. We set off at 03:00 hrs and arrived at 06:00 hrs. Birding was not exactly stunning but a few good birds were seen in our day out. Birds we do not see often in the Eastern Province included three Black-crowned Night Herons. A Spur-winged Lapwing appeared to be defending a territory aggressively from other birds suggesting it might be breeding. This species has not been recorded breeding in the Eastern Province before. We also saw four more Spur-winged Lapwings in another area of Haradh. A small group of Common Swift were over a large pivot irrigation field and a small group of five Collared Pratincole were in another field. A single Pallid Harrier was seen but no other birds of prey. The most common birds were Namaqua Doves and Crested Larks.
Black-crowned Night Herons
Black-crowned Night Herons
Black-crowned Night Herons
Black-crowned Night Herons
Spur-winged Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing 
Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole
Common Swift
Common Swift
Crested Lark
Crested Lark
Namaqua Dove
Namaqua Dove
Rock Dove
Rock Dove

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