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….
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….
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
first birds sitting on the fence outside the main entrance at the Mangrove Hide…the white cheeked bulbul
white cheeked bulbul displaying
The entrance to the mangrove hide….open at 7am…
fenced walkway to the hide, I guess to avoid spooking the birds..
well laid out hide if a bit small…
view from the mangrove hide with birds a fair distance away…
flamingos in flight with the ‘picture frame’ building in the background…
A grey heron welcomed us
As did an egret
and then a flamingo appeared with a pair of spoonbills just behind
The Conrad Hotel where I was staying….visible from Ras Al Khor! With a raptor in the foreground
Probable greater spotted eagle
an egret and a cormorant at loggerheads..
Western reef heron
…then the flamingos started getting active…here a bright pink one…
Some are minimally pink
and some are frankly a dull grey
here a more colourful one taking flight
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
moving on to the flamingo hide about a km away…
hundreds of flamingos
the flamingos were flying about
brilliantly red wings
fluffing tail feathers
Pink legs, pink beaks
eurasian curlew mixing it with the flamingos
dubai is a colourful place…here spices in the spice souk
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….