05 October 2020

White-tailed Lapwing - Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail 2nd October I found a White-tailed Lapwing at the edge of some reeds. The light was terrible, and the bird was distant, so we walked around to try to get better light for photographs. The bird was hidden by the reeds but as soon as it saw us it flew allowing some average flight shots. This is a scarce migrant and rare winter visitor to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia although further north and west in Tabuk records are more regular with birds wintering in good numbers. I assume this bird is a passage migrant rather than birds that will winter but time will tell.