10 November 2014

Male Common Kingfisher Al Khobar – Bird records by Tyrone Diesca

Tyrone Diesca sent me some photos of a Common Kingfisher he saw with his birding friend Sisar Solesta and has given me permission to use them on my website. The photos were taken on the morning of 7 November 2014 at south corniche lagoon, Al Khobar with a 200mm lens. The Common Kingfisher is a common winter visitor to Saudi Arabia where it is always seen near water and mostly near to the coast. Interestingly most birds seen are females and at Sabkhat Al Fasl, Jubail, Eastern Province we catch and ring quite a few birds with almost all being females. The photo that Tyrone has sent shows a male as it has a completely black bill and these are seen much less frequently than females although they are also regular.