24 March 2023

Red-wattled Lapwing - Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area on 17 March April I found an adult Red-wattled Lapwing. It was very early in the morning and the sun had just risen so the photos are very warm in colour. The species is scarce in Saudi Arabia with records from Riyadh, the Empty Quarter and the Eastern Province. This species is a resident breeder at wetlands in United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait, and is gradually colonizing westwards. It was first recording breeding a couple of years ago in Saudi Arabia at the same location I found this bird. In the Eastern province it is regarded as a scarce passage migrant and winter visitor although records are becoming more common with over twenty birds seen together at Shaybah in recent years. Birds are also regularly seen at Khafra Marsh, Juabil a location not too far from where I saw this bird.