Birding/ Bird watching in United Arab Emirates

Birding/ Bird watching in United Arab Emirates


My bird watching map over Middle East


29th of November 2018 and we left Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront and I was sitting in the back of the hotel taxi. Didn't take long before I had a sense that something was wrong.
- Where are you going?

My driver was on the way in the opposite direction and I had him to turn around. So it was quite late by the time I arrived to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. I walked down the hide and I discovered that it was hide #1 “Mangrove Hide”

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Hide #1 at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

I come in to the hide and it is a nice hide. There was a man working there and he asked me to sign the guest book. There were windows that could be opened and stools so I took a seat and I spotted a Great Egret fishing next to the hide.

There was also a Grey Heron on the other side of the water. I was soon spotting a Western Reef Heron (White morph) coming very close to the hide.

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret / Great White Heron

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ
Grey Heron

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret / Great White Heron

Western Reef Heron - Egretta gularis
Western Reef Heron (White morph)

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret / Great White Heron

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret / Great White Heron

Western Reef Heron - Egretta gularis
Western Reef Heron (White morph)

Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-crowned Night Heron

Great Egret bathing at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai - November 2018

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret / Great White Heron

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret / Great White Heron

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret / Great White Heron

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Flamingo flying over Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Flamingo flying over Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Western Reef Heron - Egretta gularis
Western Reef Heron (White morph)

Western Reef Heron - Egretta gularis
Western Reef Heron (White morph)

Greater Flamingo feeding at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai - November 2018

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingo

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret / Great White Heron

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ
Grey Heron

I had have a gorgeous afternoon at the Mangrove hide, hide #1 at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. I was told that there was another hide about 1 km away. So I left and I started to walk towards hide #2, the Flamingo hide.

I leave the hide and I run in to a bunch of White-eared Bulbuls in a bush. I try to make a recording but the noise from the highway is too high

White-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus leucotis, White-cheeked Bulbul
White-eared Bulbul

I continue walking towards the next hide and I´m soon realizing that it is much longer than 1 km to the next hide, and I was not happy. I left hide #1 around 4 o'clock and I expect to be in the next hide in a jiff. At 5 o'clock it is getting too dark for any pictures.

I'm trotting on and on and my mood are swinging to worse for every step I take towards the hide. I realise that there will be no tie to take many pictures by the time I arrive to the hide as there is no sign of the next hide.

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Walking to the next hide

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Finally, I can see the next hide

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Finally, I'm at the Flamingo hide

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai - Flamingo hide
Flamingo hide

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai - Flamingo hide
Flamingo hide

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai - Flamingo hide
View from the Flamingo hide

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingo

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai - Flamingo hide
Grey Francolin

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai - Flamingo hide
View from the Flamingo hide

Reaching the Flamingo Hide and it was already getting dusky and I knew that there would not be many pictures taken. Never mind, it was only flamingos here. Well, I spotted a snip and a Whimbrel. And the Grey Francolin that I had been chasing in Oman.

Too dark for any good pictures so the bird won't make it to my list of observed birds. I spend about 30 minutes at the hide before I book a UBER and I go out to the road to wait for the car.

Birding/ Bird watching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai - Flamingo hide
Leaving the Flamingo hide

Dubai City line
Dubai City

Dubai City line
Dubai City

Dubai City line
Dubai City

Back at my room and I spent the night looking at my pictures and I was in bed at 9 o'clock with my alarm to set off at 3 thirty. And I have a standing back-up call from the reception at 04:15. They will call me every morning at 04:15 as I had requested when I checked in.

My Guide will come to pick me up at 6 thirty tomorrow morning. So we will go look for birds and you can click HERE to find out if we see any birds.

Birding/ Bird watching in United Arab Emirates

       
                  
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noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

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