Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Dubai March 2015 - 19th March 2015

Today, we drove to Wamms Farm area and as we got out of the car I noticed a Namaque Dove (lifer) sitting on the top of a bush. It didn't stay long, just enough time for all of us to see it before it flew off out of sight.

As we stood watching an area being watered, the bird number were significant with several Daurian Shrikes and at least two Southern Grey Shrikes. A Lesser Kestral was hunting between the irrigation heads giving us some great views. Two little Green Bee-eaters came and settled on the fence and two Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse appeared on top of a wall.

After leaving Wamms Farm, we drove to Ras La Khaimah on the coast in the hope that the tide would be favourable for Waders. We were lucky and soon found a Pacific Golden Plover and a single Grey Plover on the shore.

We moved on further to Um Al Quwain which is an area I love to visit because of the shear numbers of waders that feed and roost in the area. We park the car and scanned through the large flock with the telescope.

Bar-tailed Godwit (some in breeding plumage)
Curlew Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Every time we visit this area we look for Crab Plover, keeping our fingers and toes crossed because I am the only person in the family not to have seen one before. Crab Plover is also a bird present in 3rd place on my list top 20 birds to see.

We scanned up and down the inter-tidal edges as the tide was dropping. Then all of a sudden a single Crab Plover was spotted giving us a distance view, but the best view!!

Record shots below:

Fantastic, and they were two birds present, catching crabs.

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