Monday 3rd of December 2018 and my alarm went off at 3 thirty and I had my tea and oatmeal at the desk while looking at the pictures from yesterday. I found a taxi that accepted credit cards and I was off to check out the Mushrif Park.
They wanted 10 Scooby Dollars to let me in, and no cards accepted. The driver asked if I wanted to go back. But I said no, I will walk around the woods around the park to look for birds as I really didn´t wanted to give up. I walk along the road we had come on and I discovered a gate in the hedge. I go in to something that turned out to be a forest.
I have to turn around at the gate
I found a way in to the forest
Walk in to the area
I´m in the forest
I´m in the forest
Required some walking to get in to the forest walking through something looking like a construction site with tracks in the sand from heavy machinery. I walked a few hundred meters before I left the tracks and I walked in to the forest. Plenty White-eared Bulbuls and doves.
So it didn´t look very promising. But I didn´t give up and I continued in to the forest, well, it was mostly bushes. Not really a forest, but as close to a forest as you expect to get in UAE.
Suddenly I spotted a few birds looking like babblers. And I was pretty sure it was the Arabian Babbler but I will have to confirm it when I´m back in my room at Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront
The first picture wasn´t hard to get. But after that, I mean, the Arabian Babbler is a very scared bird and I spent one to two hours sneaking up on the birds trying to get pictures. I spotted and heard several Grey Francolins but I never got any pictures.
Sneaking after the Arabian Babblers and I spotted a Great Grey Shrike and as always, perching on top of a tree or a bush. I gave up on the babblers for a while and I concentrated on the Shrike.
I never came so close to the Shrike as I had been wishing for, the bird took off and I got back to chasing the Arabian Babblers again.
I´m getting hungry and I start to walk back to the road and I call an UBER car. I walk towards the highway waiting for the car and I spot a few birds of prey along the road. I see more of the Arabian Babblers but I get no more bird pictures.
My plan is to spend the afternoon at the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary so there will hopefully be more exciting pictures.
I took the hotel taxi to the Mangrove Hide at the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. We were heading down the highway and after not so long the driver left the highway and I asked the driver where he was going. He was going to the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. After 5 minutes I told him to exit the new highway.
- No no, I will take you to the best place
- I don´t want the fucking best place! I replied.
I had already made a mental not to never use Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront´s car service again. Two times and two times they have ducked up.
Bozo stops at the Flamingo Hide, exactly where I didn´t wanted to be. I was not happy and I told the idi..., well, Driver up front to leave. We see an Isabelline Shrike sitting on the fence but there and then I was more worried about the driver.
We have to drive around the whole Dubai Creek and I´m delayed arriving to the Mangrove Hide. I get out of the car, and the ride was 3 times the normal fare thanks to Bozo driving around the whole area wasting 30 minutes instead of the 10 minutes direct way to the Mangrove Hide.
I get in to the hide and the first bird I see is a beautiful Black-winged Stilt just 3 meters away from the hide. There is also a Red-wattled lapwing but too far away for any good pictures. And of course, there are the usual Egrets and herons at the Mangrove Hide.
It had been a gorgeous afternoon at the Mangrove Hide and I had spotted the Intermediate Egret. My Guide had told me that there had only been one Intermediate Egret spotted in Dubai before. At a Golf Course and there had been more people coming to look at the bird than to come to play golf.
I had seen the Purple Heron and the Great Egret catching fishes and it had been a really good afternoon, well, the whole day had been good. I can add the Arabian Babbler to my list of observed birds. So yes, a very good day!
I booked an UBER car and I went to the road to wait for the car to bring me back to Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront.
Tomorrow will be my last day in Dubai, well, I fly home on the 5th so I can spend the morning here again before flying back home.
And I have planned to spend the day here at Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary tomorrow again. Click HERE to find out if I see any birds at the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
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