4 Jun 2013

Breeding Kentish Plover – Dhahran Hills

Whilst birdwatching my local ‘patch’ yesterday I can across a Kentish Plover performing a distraction display. I was fluttering about on the ground as if it had a broken wing and then running away from where I presumed it had young. I went away in the opposite direction after grabbing a single photograph of the bird and waited to see if the adult bird would come back. It immediately came back to where I had originally seen it and started calling to its chick that came out of hiding and joined the parent.

Shortly afterwards I found a second pair of breeding Kentish Plovers, this time inside the settling pond. This pair was calling loudly and I soon found three very small young chicks. A pair, possibly the same pair? bred in this same location in March this year and this is probably their second brood of the year.

There was little of note to be seen apart from the Kentish Plover with no migrants passerines at all and just one Little Ringed Plover on the settling Pond where they have bred this year. The only other interesting birds seen where two Western Cattle Egrets with the bird seen a few days ago now joined by another bird on the wet area of the spray fields.


  1. Interesting, i found a nest of KP once altho it was in Norfolk! - that chick looks to be missing cover on its neck? The top chick reminds me of one of the robot At-Ats from 'The Empire Strikes Back'!

    Laurie -

  2. I suspect a nest of KP in Norfolk is far more significant than one in Dhahran but they all add to our knowledge of breeding birds in various places. I like KP's as well - they are really good birds.


  3. What a cute birds. I like them, specially chicks. Excellent photos

    1. We get breeding birds every year hear in Dhahran, but trying to find the chicks is quite difficult. Trying to catch them to ring them is next to impossible as they run very fast and are magnificent at hiding and staying camouflaged.