28 October 2021

Adult Indian Roller returning for winter? – Dhahran Hills

Whilst birding the Dhahran Hills Lake area on 27 October I came across the Indian Roller again, which has been around since 21 October. This is probably the same bird as was found on 19 November 2020 and spent most of the winter in the same area. This time it again arrived late and did not allow close approach and was on top of its favourite post from last winter the yellow danger sign. The species status in Saudi Arabia is a rare winter visitor, and I hope it remains for the remainder of the winter and next time allows me the chance to get some decent photos. Below is the only photo I managed to take of the birds before it flew off and landed on one of the street lights before flying off again and out of view.