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Khor KalbaThe UAE`s Indian Ocean coastline ends in an extensive mangrove marsh. Mangrove contrasts strongly with rocky mountains. White-collared kingfisher is a breeding resident here - and only here. Many others such as reef herons & booted warblers also nest.
Number of bird species: 389
Birds of Southern ArabiaDave Robinson Paperback (December 1992) Motivate Publishing
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Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle EastPorter, R.F. et al. 1996. Poyser. £29.95.
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Important Bird Areas in the Middle EastM I Evans, S M Andrews (Illustrator); A J Long (Illustrator) Paperback (September 1994) Birdlife International
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The Birds of the United Arab Emiratesby Richardson 100 colour photos & 280 B&W drawings by Bill Morton. Status & distribution of 350+ spp. Siteguide with location maps. Distribution maps,& full checklist 180pp 1990.
Environmental Research & Wildlife Development AgencyWebsite
The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency's (ERWDA) overall aim is to enhance the sustainable development of Abu Dhabi Emirate's environment and wildlife. The National Avian Research Center became fully operational in 1993 and so is the longest operational center in the Agency. Its mission is to promote bustard and falcon conservation and reconcile the trading of Arab falconry with a sustainable use of the resources throughout the bustard and falcons range. This is done through breeding, research, advice, international cooperation and habitat conservation, in order to preserve the natural and cutural heritage and to save species from extinction...
Natural History Museumhttp://www.uaeu.ac.ae
The collection includes 47 specimens of various bird species collected from various localities in the UAE. The Golden Eagle, Falcon, Owl and Vulture are represented in the collection...
Al Ghar LakesSatellite View
The Al Ghar Lakes form annually after rainfall on a large area of inland sabkha salt-flats, in an area that was, until early 1992, also fed by occasional discharge from a nearby sewage treatment-plant. Depending upon the amount of winter rain, the lakes can cover an area of several hectares in the middle of otherwise largely barren dunes, and gradually reduce in size during the course of the summer months, nearly disappearing in some autumns. The construction of embankments across the sabkha in order to allow access to nearby government facilities and the construction of a road has helped in recent years to ensure that at least some of the water remains...
Khor KalbaKhor Kalba - The dark green belt of almost impenetrable mangrove contrasts strongly with the brown and purple rocky mountains and the sparkling blue water. Young seedlings surrounded by air roots signal a healthy environment. The mud at low tide reveals myriads of pretty crabs, while in the shady canopy of the trees a unique small bird makes its home. The white-collared kingfisher is a breeding resident here - and only here. Many other birds like reef herons and booted warblers also nest here. Khor Kalba is a magical place, a place of exquisite beauty, a place worthy of protection. Happily, as Arabian Wildlife goes to press news has come through that Khor Kalba is to be officially designated as a Nature Reserve...
Sir Bani YasSatellite View
The island nature reserve and experimental agricultural base of Sir Bani Yas has undergone a massive amount of land reclamation, planting, irrigation and wildlife husbandry creating a place that somehow defies all expectations in terms of what can grow and live in this southern Arabian Gulf region. Flourishing wildlife on the island probably reflects how the region once was, at a time of greater rainfall and greener pastures. Proposals were discussed with UNESCO during the year, concerning international recognition of this unique wildlife reserve with a view to enhancing its status as a wildlife conservation centre...
2004 [April] - Gary & Marlene BabicReport
The United Arab Emirates, and adjacent Oman, is an interesting and very accessible birding region with desert specialties as well as some exciting migrants such as Hypocolius...
2004 [March] - Vegard BunesReport
...Our major goals were to get more experience with potential vagrants to Norway, to extend our Western Palearctic lists, and to see some of the wintering species that we missed on a trip in late April 2003. Because of the few days we had available we did not give much focus on all the localities visited or all the species seen well in 2003. The total number of species on this trip was 176, but could easily have been higher if this had been a priority...
2006 [February] - Dave MurdochReport
It is very safe and feels relaxed, no police checkpoints etc. as in Israel or Egypt...
2007 [December] - Pat & Judy HayesReport
Having previously booked a holiday in the UAE, which had to be cancelled as it coincided with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre, it has always been our intention to visit the area when conditions allowed. The UAE is probably the safest Middle East destination especially for some of those special desert dwelling birds.
2007 [September] - Simon WoolleyReport
Simon only once again (more sniff) - 17 lifers including such megas as Crab Plover, Great Knot, Sooty Falcon, Sooty Gull, Jouanin's Petrel, Menetrie's Warbler, Bridled, White-cheeked and Saunders's Little Terns and Desert Whitethroat. Cool - except it was extremely hot....
2008 [December] - Jos StratfordReport
A trip of contrasts. Chalk and cheese, eighteen days from 12-29 December 2008, four in the United Arab Emirates, the remainder in Oman. Throughout, amazing birds and stunning desert backdrops. Crab Plover, Grey Hypocolius, Yemen Serin, Socotra Cormorant, names that just conjure up the magic of this little travelled corner of Arabia. In a trip that exceeded my expectations, 5960 km of travel left me in awe of the birds seen in such abundance - tens of thousands of waders on the vast Barr Al Hickman tidal flats, Arabian specials in Dhofar, Desert Warblers and sandgrouse in the remote desert oasis, plenty more in the northern mountains...
2008 [December] - Mark FinnReport
Our second departure to the UAE in 2008 was once again very successful despite the continuing pressures of development and traffic especially around Dubai. Highlights of the tour included Greater Spotted Eagle, Crab Plover, Striated Scops Owl, Hume’s and Hooded Wheatears, Collared Kingfisher, White-cheeked Tern and the regional-endemic Sooty Gull. In addition to these wonderful species we encountered thirty-five species of waders, a good range of wintering species and a few surprises notably Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Sociable Lapwing, Olive-backed Pipits and Steppe Grey Shrike...
2008 [January] - Chris BradshawReport
...Amongst the highlights were Sociable Lapwing, Crab Plover, a long staying vagrant Lesser Yellowlegs (1st for Arabia), Spotted Crake, Alpine Swift (rare in UAE), Masked Shrike, Hume's and Eastern Pied Wheatears and several regional specialities - Socotra Cormorant, Desert Eagle Owl, Sand Partridge, Sooty Gull White-cheeked Tern and Collared Kingfisher...
2009 [February] - Vaughan & Sveta AshbyReport
...On the lawns themselves up to 12 Cream-coloured Coursers were the first of our day ‘target’ birds, together with several Pacific Golden- plovers, Ruff, Red-wattled Lapwing and hoards of Kentish Plovers. Eurasian Collared-doves and Laughing Doves were everywhere whilst smaller passerines included Crested and Sky Larks and a Tawny Pipit....
2010 [February] - John van der WoudeReport
On our flight from Europe to South India with Emirates, we used the free stopover in Dubai for three days birding. First we went to a Crab Plover site in the Northwest, then crossed over to the east coast at Kalba (mangroves, with a rare subspecies of Collared Kingfisher), from there to the region around Al Ain (mountain, desert), and then back through the desert to Dubai...
2011 [October] - John & Thomas YatesReport
2012 [December] - Paulo PaixãoReport PDF
...my personal favourites were the colourful Green Bee-eater and Indian Roller, the elusive Arabian Babbler, the powerful Greater Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagles, the nomadic and thirsty Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, the elegant Crab Plover, the confident Striolated Bunting and the shy Graceful Prinia...
2012 [February] - Forrest RowlandReport
...Including the upper reaches of Jebel Hafeet above the park, best birds were Arabian and Sand Partridges, Egyptian Vulture, Red-tailed and Isabelline Shrikes, Pale Martin, White-throated Robin, Eversmann’s Redstart, Red-tailed, Hume’s, and Hooded Wheatears, Common Rock Thrush, and others...
2012 [March] - Jaap WestraReport PDF
...Al Mamzar Park is in the northeast corner of Dubai close to Sjarjah and the north end of the park is good for migrants. On our first visit (24 Feb) the park was very busy with locals (it was the first day of the weekend), so birds were harder to find, with a dark Barn Swallow and a Daurian Shrike as early highlights. The park however, was filled with butterflies....
2012 [May] - John OverfieldReport
...resident birds including Short-toed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse and excellent views of two new birds for me - Striolated Bunting and a group of Black-crowned Sparrow-larks....
2013 [August] - Ian ReidReport PDF
...Crab Plover had been high on my wish list for some time, ever since I realised I could potentially seek out this rare and interesting monotypic wader on a stopover between UK and Australia...
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My name is Abdulhakim, but for short I am called Abdul or Abdi. Anyway, I am a 19 year old high school graduate. I am originally from Somalia which is in a bit of a crisis right now. I am an amateur birdwatcher (quite frankly I`m VERY attached to birdwatching, I have seen 285 bird species out of the 410 on the country list) and I plan to travel all around the world.
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Natural UAE - Ornithological Importance of UAEWebsite
At any one time during migration periods (July - November and April - May) probably in excess of 250,000 waders are present on intertidal areas of the country`s Gulf coast. Taking into account the likely turnover of shorebirds on this Eurasian/West Asian - Arabian Gulf - African flyway, the mudflats of the southern Gulf probably support several million individuals over the course of a year.
Birding the United Arab Emirates - This website is dedicated to birders visiting the UAE, aiming to provide as much up-to-date information as possible…
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