16 January 2014

Sabkhat Al Fasl – Bird records by Phil Roberts

Phil visited Sabkhat Al Fasl over the weekend and mentioned it was a quiet day with poor light and distant views on most birds. The best bird he saw was a Northern Lapwing but he also saw a few other birds including a nice male Common Kingfisher that he photographed. Phil kindly sent me the photo and has allowed me to use it on my website. Other birds seen included three Greater Spotted Eagles, 10 Western Marsh Harriers, four Western Great Egrets, 15 Purple Swamphens, eight Squacco Herons, 50 Common Redshanks, eight Common Greenshanks, five Green Sandpipers, 100+ Slender Billed Gulls, 100+ Black-winged Stilts, 100+ Great Cormorants nine Caspian Terns, two Bluethroats, four Siberian Stonechats, 11 Little Egrets, one Clamorous Reed Warbler (plus 5 or 6 singing but not seen), one Daurian Shrike and two Song Thrushes.
Common Kingfisher - male