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Old Thursday 12th January 2006, 11:08   #1
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Hello from Saudi Arabia

Hello,

My name is Adrian, I work in Saudi and come from the UK. Since getting a DSLR I have become a more avid birder since most of my pictures are of birds. We get quite a lot of interesting birds here, some of our common ones like the kentish plover seem to be quite rare elsewhere. This great grey shrike has been around since the beginning of December and I have finally managed to get some decent pictures of it. This is not the best but representative.

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Hello,

My name is Adrian, I work in Saudi and come from the UK. Since getting a DSLR I have become a more avid birder since most of my pictures are of birds. We get quite a lot of interesting birds here, some of our common ones like the kentish plover seem to be quite rare elsewhere. This great grey shrike has been around since the beginning of December and I have finally managed to get some decent pictures of it. This is not the best but representative.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...CT0169copy.jpg
............Hi Adrian from a sunny north Wales .Which part of Saudi are you in ? I worked there years ago building schools
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............Hi Adrian from a sunny north Wales .Which part of Saudi are you in ? I worked there years ago building schools
I'm in the Eastern Province just outside of Al Khobar on the Dammam side.
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I'm in the Eastern Province just outside of Al Khobar on the Dammam side.
I worked mainly in HAIL and BURAYDA (south central ? in the wilds)....nice shot of the Shrike
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Hi Adrian,

Welcome to Birdforum.

Not sure if you are our first member from Saudi, we have members in Kuwait,UAE and Dubai.
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Old Thursday 12th January 2006, 11:53   #6
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Hi there

I was in Saudi for a time in the early nineties travelling between Damman, Ryadh and Jeddah. Birding was very difficult with lots of interference. I was arrested at gunpoint briefly at Jeddah near the coastguard station whilst birding.

Have things changed? Is birding now acceptable?

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I worked mainly in HAIL and BURAYDA (south central ? in the wilds)....nice shot of the Shrike
I've overnighted twice in Hail, once when I drove up to Tabuk and again when I drove back.
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I was in Saudi for a time in the early nineties travelling between Damman, Ryadh and Jeddah. Birding was very difficult with lots of interference. I was arrested at gunpoint briefly at Jeddah near the coastguard station whilst birding.

Have things changed? Is birding now acceptable?

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No things have not changed that much. You still have to be careful, depending on the location. A coastguard station would be a spot I'd avoid.
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I've overnighted twice in Hail, once when I drove up to Tabuk and again when I drove back.
Do they still have the prison in HAIL ? it was the size of a football pitch with a watchtower at each corner.One of the yanks i was working with got thrown in there for selling stolen cement of all things..We had to take him food everyday otherwise he would not have eaten much
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And another welcome to Birdforum from another expat who spent a number of years working in the Eastern Province of Saudi. I wasn't a real birdwatcher then so the only bird on my Saudi list is the Hoopoe. Looking forward to hearing more about birding in the Kingdom.
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Do they still have the prison in HAIL ? it was the size of a football pitch with a watchtower at each corner.One of the yanks i was working with got thrown in there for selling stolen cement of all things..We had to take him food everyday otherwise he would not have eaten much
................................it's probably still there but I only stayed overnight, I didn't do the grand tour. :-)
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And another welcome to Birdforum from another expat who spent a number of years working in the Eastern Province of Saudi. I wasn't a real birdwatcher then so the only bird on my Saudi list is the Hoopoe. Looking forward to hearing more about birding in the Kingdom.
I've got a picture of a hoopoe somewhere, when I find it I'll post it.
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Welcome, Adrian. We'll be glad to have your photos from S.A. in our galleries.
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I'm in the Eastern Province just outside of Al Khobar on the Dammam side.
Hi, I'm Heidi--just moved to the Dhahran area and am wanting to learn about the birds of the Arabian Gulf. Any suggestions as to good bird guide for our area? Thanks--hope to hear back.
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Hi, I'm Heidi--just moved to the Dhahran area and am wanting to learn about the birds of the Arabian Gulf. Any suggestions as to good bird guide for our area? Thanks--hope to hear back.
Hello Heidi,

We have just got back to sunny Saudi so I have not had time to unpack yet. As soon as I get some details, I will send them on. Are you working at Aramco? If so you may find "Birds of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia" in their library. It's by no means a field guide, more of a coffee table book. I don't know if it's been updated as my copy is quite old.

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Hello again,

The field guide I use is Collins, "Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East" ISBN 0-00-219894-0

So far it has had every bird I have seen in it.

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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