5 Dec 2017

Returning Pied Kingfisher and White-throated Kingfisher – Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area recently I came across a female Pied Kingfisher. This species is now becoming an uncommon winter visitor to the Jubail area with birds seen every winter for the last four years. The weather was very poor with overcast conditions so the photo is not the best but they are always lovely birds to see and often allow close approach. I also saw a White-throated Kingfisher a species that may now be resident in very small numbers in the Jubail area. Unlike the Pied Kingfisher the White-throated Kingfisher rarely allows you to get close so the below is the best photo I could manage. Common Kingfishers are also back for the winter in good numbers so now we can see three species of Kingfisher in the same day if lucky in the Eastern Province.
Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

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