17 Jan 2021

Birding the lake area – Dhahran Hills

The lake area in Dhahran is now large as additional water is being pumped into it. It has started to attract good numbers of herons with Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Squacco Herron and Cattle Egret all in good numbers. Great Egret is the scarcest of all the egrets but up to seven have been seen in the last few weeks. In the early morning hundreds of Great Cormorant come to the lake to wash and catch the large numbers of Talapia fish present, but are very nervous and do not allow close approach. Common Black-headed Gulls also arrive in good numbers in the early morning but then generally hang around all day. A single Black-necked Grebe and Common Kingfisher have been present for several weeks but again do not allow you to get too close. Several terns are also present which is a little surprising as the lake is a long way from the coast with Gull-billed Tern, White-winged and Whiskered Tern all present, mainly in the evenings.

Common Black-headed Gull

Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

Common Kingfisher

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern


Whiskered Term

Whiskered Term

Whiskered Term


1 comment:

  1. Fabulous bird imagery, and I am very envious of the location!! Looks like the Gulf will need to start catering to attracting photographers interested in photographing these birds!! Thanks for sharing!!

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