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Bernard Bracken
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Wadi Hanifah in early February
Returned to Wadi Hanifah for a short trip last weekend and had quite an interesting visit (4/2/17).  The Wadi is close by the Diplomatic Quarter of the city and very much a manicured area.  I started out about 6:30am with a small number of fairly common bir...

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Khobar 27/1/17
As I will soon be leaving Saudi Arabia I decided to try to get around to visiting some of the sites I have been to over the past 4 years.  This weekend we took the long drive towards the gulf coast to Khobar to see some seabirds.  Unlike my last visit here ...

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Al Hayer Bridge 21-1-17
Spent morning around the bridge at Al Hayer.  The plan was to spend an hour or so there and move on but as you will see I got side tracked by a nice bird. Around the area there are the steep sided cliffs if the Wadi and all along these are considerable numb...

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Al Hayer Lakes 14-1-17
I took a walk around the lakes to the south of Al Hayer fields (see map in locations tab) this morning.  The weather was clear but cold but it seemed not to bother the birds, especially he Herons, which were about in very large numbers today. The morning su...

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Salbuk 7/1/17
Decided this weekend to head north of Riyadh to Salbuk which has an area of wetland which is fed by a large cement factory.  I have not visited here for over a year so was interested to see what had changed.  Well the answer is quite a lot.  The water feed ...

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Trip to Cuba November / December 2016 Part 1
I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba on vacation with my lovely wife at the end of November 2016 and it proved to be a very interesting couple of weeks.  The first thing that happened was the death of Fidel Castro the day we arrived which impacted somewh...

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Buraydah for the day
Decided to head north for a day (11/11/16) to see what I could find, the weather has been a lot cooler these past few weeks so I am better able to spend time out in it.  We set off around 4:15 and arrived on site a little before 8am.  The place I started ou...

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AsSaad ah East of Al Kharj
Headed south to Al Kharj to see what I could find and decided to look up river from my usual spot near the Livestock Market.  As it was a new spot for me I was not at all sure what I would find but that's part of the fun of it I guess.  The area is to the e...

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Wadi Hanifah October 1st and another first.
Decided to do an early trip back to Wadi Hanifah to see what is about now the temperatures have dropped a little around the city.  It looked like a perfect day for the job, I had Akram drop me off at the Diplomatic Quarter, the plan being to walk down as fa...

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return to Al Hayer 23/9/16
I have been away quite a bit this year so reports here are a little sporadic at the moment.  I was at Al Hayer on the 3rd but only for a short visit as I had a load of other stuff to attend to that weekend.  However I managed to get down for a walk about th...
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