18 October 2012

Dammam / Al Khobar Wader Roost – Bird records by Jessar Inocencio

Last Thursday 12th of October, Jessar Inocencio and his birding friend Marvin Harder visited the Dammam/Al Khobar Wader Roost. They got there at around 7:00 am and to our surprise it was low tide. At a distance, we saw a huge flock of different birds totalling over a thousand birds. There were plenty of Kentish Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwits, Eurasian Curlews, three Grey Herons, three Eurasian Oystercatchers and a flock of Black-winged Stilts and Greater Flamingoes. Most of the Gretaer Famingoes flew off but four remained allowing a chance to get closer and photograph them. Other birds seen included one Ruddy Turnstone, a few Isabelline Wheatears, one first winter male Pied Wheatear, Lesser Crested and Caspian Terns and Dunlins. The last time they visited the site was in July at high tide when there were more species compared to last Thursday. Jesser has kindly allowed me to use some of his photos on my website which are shown below.

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-winged Stilt

Caspian Terns


Socotra Cormorant