It feels like spring….

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It’s actually found in a wadi in the United Arab Emirates, in the mountains between Dubai and the Gulf of Oman. Birds buntings spring United Arab Emirates…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.

26 Hours in Dubai

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The travel agent mentioned I had a 2 hour layover in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. I was flying Emirates and that was the hub. Birding desert layover Middle East migration United Arab EmiratesFollowing on from my recent description of a brief visit to Kuala Lumpur , my return trip from Britain gave me 26hours in Dubai. It was actually a moment’s impulse.

26 Hours in Dubai

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The travel agent mentioned I had a 2 hour layover in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. I was flying Emirates and that was the hub. Trips desert features layover Middle East migration United Arab EmiratesFollowing on from my recent description of a brief visit to Kuala Lumpur , my return trip from Britain gave me 26 hours in Dubai. It was actually a moment’s impulse.

Clearing up the Collared Kingfishers

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Subspecies kalbansis, United Arab Emirates. All the way back in 2011 I wrote about the confusing taxanomic enigma that is the Collared Kingfisher , a species that ranges from the Red Sea to Tonga in a bewildering variety of forms. I’m happy to report that an analysis of the species and some relatives has found that, as suspected, it isn’t a single species.

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10 Countries, 10 Top Birds in 2016

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United Arab Emirates: No Bird Award. Well, that year was something else. Like a lot of people I know, the body blows of the news the world at large were tempered by a year that was personally rather good. I managed to actually beat my year list total, as accounted by eBird, by one bird. I went to Ethiopia. I bought a house. I saw Painted Wolves again, my favourite species ever.

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Confusing Collared Kingfishers

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Compare this to the next bird… Subspecies kalbansis, United Arab Emirates. The world of birding is filled with challenging groups well known to all, birds like gulls , Empidonax flycatchers or cisticolas that require attention to the tiniest details in order to assign an individual to a specific species (if it can be done at all).

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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9 beats shared 100 checklists from 8 countries (Costa Rica, USA, UK, Brazil, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Australia. Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Unit. The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys. The beats have been out to line their route and cheer them along, wishing them bon voyage and a safe return next spring.

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