|black scrub-robin (Cercotrichas podobe)|
Not far away were a group of about 5 or 6 White Eared Bulbul which were going about their business in the trees and alongside them was a fair number of Laughing Dove, both fairly common around here and pretty much permanent residents. Further along was the family of Eurasian Coots which again are pretty much based in this locality.
|common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)|
I counted 8 of these on the day. A relatively small flock of about 35 Streaked Weaver was merrily feeding on the remains of the crop at the field edges. Nothing like the 700 plus I saw a few weeks back but they seem to be a constant around the area now. Helm Guide lists these as not in the country and those that are are classed as escapes. I wonder when an escape actually moves to becoming part of the local fauna? These guys have certainly settled in.
|streaked weaver (Ploceus manyar)|
Out in the field where the stubble of the crop is all that remains the White Wagtail was much in evidence I think over the day I counted more than 30 of these.
|white wagtail (Motacilla alba)|
Also in the same field were a few Northern Lapwing, not nearly as many as I saw a few weeks back but still nice to see.
|northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)|
Joining them in the feast was a small flock of Myna which mainly fed together away from most of the other birds.
|common myna (Acridotheres tristis)|
|purple heron (Ardea purpurea)|
|purple heron (Ardea purpurea)|
My usual view :).
Also around in large numbers again were the Eurasian Collared Dove. Across the three fields I counted about 65 of these.
|eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto)|
As always there was the Grey Heron which sat on the sprinkler as usual and watched me approach, only letting me just about into camera range before taking off. Despite knowing these birds since childhood there is something special about seeing one that I can't properly describe. Just love them!
|grey heron (Ardea cinerea)|
In a pool under where the Heron sat was this little guy, the Common Snipe. Rob Tovey once remarked to me that he wished he could, just once, see one of these guys before he saw us. This chap certainly saw me long before I saw him but decided to hunch down in the grass and hide.
|common snipe (Gallinago gallinago)|
He did not move as I got closer and I thought this could be the chance to get a really nice picture. However, as always fate intervened and a farmer drove between us in his pickup driving the bird away. Ho hum, maybe another day.
One bird who definitely did stop for a photo was the Stonechat who basically watched me all the way along the field finally popping on to a bush close by to have is photo taken. Actually I counted 13 of these along the field,
|european stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)|
And here is the cousin, Siberian Stonechat on a stopover in Riyadh too
|Siberian stonechat or Asian stonechat (Saxicola maurus)|
|turkestan shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)|
As always around the area were a couple of Turkestan Shrikes which invariably perch on a high point watching for prey, a little like mini raptors.
|brown-necked raven (Corvus ruficollis)|
|little green bee-eater (Merops orientalis)|
|crested lark (Galerida cristata)|
|marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus)|
|namaqua dove (Oena capensis)|
|house sparrow (Passer domesticus)|