09 January 2019

Jack Snipe - Jubail

Whilst birding in the Jubail area in November I found a Jack Snipe along the edge of a wet dyke. It was not easy to see but remained in place thinking its camouflage was good enough. The Jack Snipe is an uncommon winter visitor to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia where it is normally found in marshy areas away from the coast from early September to early April. In the rest of Saudi Arabia it has been recorded most frequently in the Riyadh and Tabuk area and rarely in the Tihamah in the southwest and is a difficult species to see away from the three main areas. Due to the birds location it was difficult to get clear photographs of the whole bird but my photos did not turn out too badly.