As a result I have put back posting other blog articles in preparation on South West Saudi Arabia and Al Hair. They will have to wait.
It all started on Thursday morning when Lou and I turned off the Haql road 10 kilometres north out of Tabuk. We were looking for accessible pivot fields which were being watered.
four sociable lapwing
We were attracted by a field which had several spur winged lapwing. In fact we counted over 40 in the end.
a sociable lapwing takes off
The spur winged lapwing were clustered around the sprinklers however Lou spotted another bird on the drier side of the field.
six of ten sociable lapwing
It was quickly identified as a sociable lapwing. We decided we had to move the car round to the other side of the field. The spur winged lapwing spooked as soon as we moved round but a group of braver birds only moved a short distance to another part of the field. These were 10 sociable lapwing.
sociable lapwing with spur winged lapwing
I got quite excited at this point and tried to get closer for good pictures but I didn't want to scare them just for the sake of good pictures. I am pleased we eventually withdraw without scaring them off into another area.
close up of three sociable lapwing
final shot of sociable lapwing
There are lots of remaining questions. Will they spend the winter there and are there any more in the Tabuk area being the two most obvious?