24 October 2023

Returning Greater Spotted Eagles – Jubail

The first Greater Spotted Eagle I saw this autumn returned on 20 October when ten birds were recorded a similar number to last year on this date. The majority of birds that will spend the winter in Jubail and are almost always near wetland areas with large areas where they can hunt undisturbed. Birds can be seen perched on the power pylons as well as in the reed islands but are not so often seen on the ground. The area I birdwatch is an excellent location for seeing Greater Spotted Eagle, but it is always a joy to locate birds every trip. It is an uncommon winter visitor to Saudi Arabia with normally single birds seen unless at one of the favoured wintering wetland sites where ten plus occasionally occur.