Roy is a bird photographer like Abdullah. He is the first one to photograph an osprey at Hayer this winter. It was not unexpected. In the early 1990s Tom Tarrant reported the bird wintered there. Abdullah had recently seen a bird of prey he described to me as a fish hunter.
The Helms guide only describes it as a passage bird which winters on the Arabian and other middle eastern coasts and also in the Iraq marshes.
osprey in flight at Al Hayer last Thursday
Two of Roy's photos are shown here but please remember that all rights to reproduction belong to him.
osprey resting on tree at Al Hayer
Roy shows many pictures on his flickr account which I recommend people to visit. His account can be reached using firstname.lastname@example.org
As I have said before, the wildlife photographers here have an enormous bank of knowledge and information on the Riyadh area. I am grateful for Roy for sharing some of it here with us.