I decided to check one of the public parks in the south and got there quite early before the lunch time crowds arrived for the weekend BBQ's.
I was quite surprised to find a stunning Masked Shrike at the entrance to the park
|Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus)|
A small warbler foraging in the Tamerisk tree's looked interesting, but turned out to be a Common Chiffchaff
|Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)|
Rüppell's Weaver have been common in this park for a couple years now and this male was already sporting breeding plumage in mid-winter
|Male Rüppell's Weaver (Ploceus galbula)|
In amongst the Bulbul's was one that was partially leucistic
|White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis)|
By now people had started arriving so I carried on a little further south to Al Kout harbour to check for Gulls. There were a few Great Black-headed amongst some of the smaller Gulls, but I wasn't able to take pictures for long before being asked by security guards not to take any pictures at all - why, I have no idea? So after a pointless argument, I gave up and went for a coffee.
|Great Black-headed Gull (Leucophaeus ichthyaetus)|