the view from the top of Tuwaiq escarpment
There were large numbers of black and white wheatears about. However they were all either Eastern mourning wheatear or more commonly white crowned wheatear.
Eastern mourning wheatear
We begin to speculate whether hooded wheatear can co-exist with white crowned wheatear. The latter bird is very territorial in the breeding season and can be aggressive even towards birds as big as laughing dove.
Eastern mourning wheatear flies off
Other birds of note at the top of the escarpment were crested lark and desert lark. Spanish sparrow and white eared bulbul were also present in the bushes and trees in the plateau's shallow wadis.
long legged buzzard
Another eastern imperial eagle
On our travels from Rhawdat Khuriam to the escarpment we spotted a second Eastern Imperial eagle. And at the end of the day just before sunset we went down off the escarpment to the bottom where we were treated to a mad scramble up the hill by a couple of sand partridge.
Given that our permission to visit a particular diary farm never came through, Lou and I will probably be doing some more speculative birding again tomorrow.
Visits to other parts of Saudi Arabia are in train too.