23 Jul 2011

Greater Hoopoe Lark, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark & Cream-coloured Courser - Dammam

Yesterday at some waste land behind the Dammam - Al Khobar Wader Roost South we had three typical desert species in the form of Greater Hoopoe Lark, a female Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark and a single Cream-coloured Courser. The Cream-coloured Courser will be a migrant and was very timid and did not allow close approach but the other two species I managed to photograph. The land here does not look anything special, and is being laid out to build housing on, but still held a number of good birds. This is another good indication that migrants can turn up almost anywhere in Saudi Arabia.
 Greater Hoopoe Lark
 Greater Hoopoe Lark
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (female)

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