11 January 2024

Pied Kingfisher – Dhahran Waste Water Lake

The day after I saw two Pied Kingfishers together in Jubail I found another bird on my local patch of the Dhahran Waste Water Lake, perched on some dead branches above the water. Pied Kingfisher a vagrant to Dhahran where they have been seen on the percolation pond and the small pond on the golf course. Records occurred from 22 October 2009 when a solitary bird was present for at least five days and a single bird on the golf course pond 13 – 18 February 2015. This is only the third time I have seen them in Dhahran and the first time at the Waste Water Lake. It has a status in Saudi Arabia as an uncommon winter visitor that feeds mainly on small fish as well as a range of other animals, including amphibians, crustaceans and insects. Its normal method of fishing is to watch from an exposed perch above the water but also regularly hovers over the water before diving in to catch its prey.