29 January 2013

Good numbers of Caspian Gulls – Abqaiq Landfill

At Abqiaq Landfill I saw about 50 Caspian Gulls which is the highest number of Caspian Gulls I have seen since I have been in Saudi Arabia. As the light was good, due to the cool north-westerly wind having cleared much of the dust out of the air, I managed to get a few decent photographs of birds in flight. It will be interesting to see if the number of Caspian Gulls build up in late winter or if they are birds arriving due to the cold weather? The normal numbers of Caspian Gulls I have seen so far are about 2% of the Large White-headed Gulls population but at Abqaiq last visit this had increased to about 5%.