Dubai Dabblings and a few birds

Dubai Dabblings and a few birds

When: February 2019               Weather:  Cool 18-20C

Leica M10P/35 summilux.  Nikon P900

Dubai in February is a very nice time of the year to be there….it’s of course famed for its amazing buildings, shopping and financial services.   The medical expertise here in ophthalmology is also very high.  Our meeting was held at the Conrad Hotel in downtown, new Dubai….

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and this was the view from my very dusty hotel window on the 29th floor of the Conrad….construction cranes are every where and the city is booming….

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sunrise over ras al khor wetland sanctuary with the city of Dubai as a backdrop and the World’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa arrowing skyward in the dawn light

 

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first birds sitting on the fence outside the main entrance at the Mangrove Hide…the white cheeked bulbul

 

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white cheeked bulbul displaying

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The entrance to the mangrove hide….open at 7am…

 

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fenced walkway to the hide, I guess to avoid spooking the birds..

 

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well laid out hide if a bit small…

 

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view from the mangrove hide with birds a fair distance away…

 

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flamingos in flight with the ‘picture frame’ building in the background…

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A grey heron welcomed us

 

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As did an egret

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and then a flamingo appeared with a pair of spoonbills just behind

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Kentish plover

 

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terns

 

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Glossy Ibises

 

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The Conrad Hotel where I was staying….visible from Ras Al Khor! With a raptor in the foreground

 

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Probable greater spotted eagle

 

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greater cormorant

 

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an egret and a cormorant at loggerheads..

 

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Western reef heron

 

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…then the flamingos started getting active…here a bright pink one…

 

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Some are minimally pink

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and some are frankly a dull grey

 

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here a more colourful one taking flight

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warbler…

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and on our way out of the mangrove hide, I saw a couple of little chicken like birds hopping on the ground…a grey francolin

 

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moving on to the flamingo hide about a km away…

 

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hundreds of flamingos

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the flamingos were flying about

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brilliantly red wings

 

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fluffing tail feathers

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Pink legs, pink beaks

 

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eurasian curlew mixing it with the flamingos

 

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Eurasian curlew

 

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white wagtail

 

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Mynahs

 

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dubai is a colourful place…here spices in the spice souk

 

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gold in the gold souk

 

Dubai is a fascinating place….full of amazing gleaming buildings….apartments….colourful markets and birding! The Ras AL khor Wetlands is a great resource just 20min from downtown Dubai. Do yourself a favour and hire the taxi for 3 hours…250 dirhams ..he’ll wait for you and drive you between the hides which are far apart…it is not easy hailing a taxi from Ras al Khor….

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