I walked around the area a bit but it soon became clear that I had made a fundamental error of photography, I was walking into the rising sun. I tried to tough it out for a bit but decided it was hopeless as I was only getting silhouettes so I got Akram to drop me at the other end of the road and I walked back up. Rookie error I know but hey, live and learn!
In every bush were flocks of House Sparrow all chirping merrily away and chasing each other around the sky.
Also scratching around in the rubbish of the BBQs were a fair number of Collared Dove,
along with their cousins the Laughing Dove and a good number of Rock / Feral Pigeons. The Laughing Dove or Palm dove only appeared in Riyadh in the early 1980's (Stagg) but is now the most common Dove in the city by far. When I first arrived I had one nest on the ledge of my hotel room and on looking out further I spotted two other nests on the air con coolers on the building opposite.
Despite the early hour the road along the Wadi was very busy and there were a lot of people about walking and having breakfast. It is still a nice morning walk for the birder and well worth repeating as I have only been here twice and have had firsts on both occasions.
© Bernard Bracken