Transit in Dubai

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There is a wonderful site called UAE Birding , that makes a great reference once you have decided how much time you have to spare and it carries a list of part-time guides who may be able to show you around. For a comprehensive description of the park, go to UAE Birding. UAE Birding has another write up for this site and Redgannet was there earlier this year. Better still contact one of the guides from the UAE Birding contact list.

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Western Reef-Heron

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with photographs taken at Ra’s Al Khor Sanctuary in Dubai, UAE. The Western Reef-Heron , Egretta gularis, sits neatly between Little Egret and Snowy Egret in Clements taxanomic checklist. The slim, elegant, white egrets are very similar and operate in similar niches, but in opposite hemispheres. The Reef-Heron is chunkier and di-morphic, so it was unexpected to find it separating the two close cousins. There is a dark and light morph.

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It feels like spring….

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Do try and get it right) is found from the Canary Islands to India; in the Middle East it is found in oases and dry barely vegetated wadis like the one I saw them in, in the drier areas of Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE and Iran. …so here’s a post about some birds at a spring. Okay, that’s a fairly weak way to start a post. I’m sorry. Second week in a new job and I come down with the flu.

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse

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It was introduced into UAE. A Pin-tailed Sandgrouse flew across the front of the hide and landed on the other side of a freshwater sluice, just a few meters away under the watchful eye of a Slender-billed Gull. A security guard who mans the hide had spotted it earlier and pointed it out, but at the time it was quite a long way off and in a small hollow, making it difficult to identify. Not very many hides come with their own defence personnel.

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26 Hours in Dubai

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The most valuable site I found was UAE Birding , an excellent site full of location guides, recent sightings, and a busy forum where its members discuss all aspects of birdiness in the area. I can’t thank Mike enough for a great day and highly recommend UAE Birding if you happen to be thinking of heading to the area. Following on from my recent description of a brief visit to Kuala Lumpur , my return trip from Britain gave me 26hours in Dubai.

26 Hours in Dubai

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The most valuable site I found was UAE Birding , an excellent site full of location guides, recent sightings, and a busy forum where its members discuss all aspects of birdiness in the area. I can’t thank Mike enough for a great day and highly recommend UAE Birding if you happen to be thinking of heading to the area. Following on from my recent description of a brief visit to Kuala Lumpur , my return trip from Britain gave me 26 hours in Dubai.

Collaborative List – July 2019

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During July, 11 beats birded 11 countries (USA, UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Japan, UAE, Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia) and submitted 82 checklists. They accounted for 562 species at this sluggish time of year. The year list has moved forward to 1962 and the life list has leapt forward to 3759. These are the numbers. Alphabetic Taxonomic. Location. Date. Little Tinamou – Crypturellus soui. Cerro Lodge. 13 Jul 2019.

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