04 July 2012

Breeding Namaqua Doves - Dhahran Hills

A trip around the spray fields yesterday produced the first evidence that Namaqua Doves have again bred in Dhahran Hills. I saw a recently fledged juvenile bird flying about and eventually managed to get reasonably close to the bird to take a photograph. Namaqua Dove bred last year in the same area and they are becoming more obvious in recent weeks. Most of the other doves are looking very bedraggled and hot but the Namaqua Dove always looks to be in good condition and not suffering from the hot temperatures so much. The next day I saw another juvenile Namaqua Dove, this time accompanied by an adult bird.
Namaqua Dove (juvenile)
Namaqua Dove (juvenile)

Namaqua Dove (adult male)

Other birds seen whilst birding were four Little Ringed Plovers, 13 Kentish Plovers and six Black-winged Stilts on the settling pond and three Little Ringed Plovers, one Green Sandpiper and 22 Black-winged Stilts on the percolation pond. The pond also had an adult and juvenile Little Tern, two Barn Swallows and three Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters.