Alma Swartz, South Africa

I was fortunate this year to meet Greg and join him on 2 tours of the Al Asfar Lake area. In July 2021, thanks to Greg, I was able to realise my dream of seeing Egyptian Nightjar. Of course there was plenty more to see, so I did not hesitate to join him again in August 2021. We sighted Gray-headed Swamphen, Squacco Heron, Red-tailed Shrike, Black Scrub-robin and more. The Pharaoh Eagle-Owl was the highlight for me, since I was convinced I would never see an owl in KSA. The tours with Greg were relaxed and educational for me since I am a very enthusiastic but a complete novice with birding and photography. Greg's knowledge and passion for birding makes a trip with him more than worthwhile. I look forward to joining him again for another tour.


In September 2021 Gregory guided me around his local stomping ground, Al Asfar Lake in Al Hasa. It was a stunning introduction to Saudi birdlife – an extensive wetland area in the desert brimming with wildlife. It was clear that Gregory knew every track, pool and dune in the area intimately, and his expertise helped us record 45 species, including gems such as Ortolan Buntings and Broad-billed Sandpiper. While I’m keen on wildlife, I was blown away with Gregory’s depth of knowledge, giving identification tips right down to the finer details of subspecies level. He was also able to provide an excellent overview of Saudi Arabia’s broader natural history and provide in-depth recommendations on where to go around the country to tick key species and experience the best of the kingdom’s wildlife. All in all, highly recommended!


What an amazing day of birding here in Saudi yesterday! We explored the wadis and marshes of the Umran area in Al Hasa, Saudi Arabia. Thank you, local birder and expert Greg Askew, who so generously showed me around the area! We saw 52 species, 42 of which were new to me. That includes my detour into Qatif on the way home where I saw a flock of flamingo in the bay.

James Conder, UK

Andrew Larkin, UK