Thursday 30 April 2015

Abu Dhabi at the end of the trip

Late Saturday afternoon, Andrew Bailey took me briefly to two local spots in Abu Dhabi to finish off my weekend trip.

One was the walkway across from the eastern Mangroves. There were birds to be added to my new UAE list here. One of these was a seemingly tame whimbrel standing just below us on the walkway.

whimbrel 1

However Andrew pointed out that because the concrete bunding was so steep the birds at the water's edge often can't see you so the bird might not have been particularly tame.

whimbrel 2

Most of the birding action though was not on the walkway but on the far side of the water channel in the mangroves. Ruddy turnstone and grey plover were late adds to the list.

ruddy turnstone

I also managed much better views of Egyptian goose as a pair landed opposite us. Strangely it was the only place I observed a western reef heron. A Caspian tern flew down the channel making the tenth type of tern observed on the trip.

male common redstart

Just before the visit to the eastern mangroves we spent a while in Mushrif Palace Gardens. This is essentially a very large cluster of high trees with some but not an ideal amount of ground cover too. 

The tranquility of the place was almost immediately disturbed by the loud squawks of Alexandrine parakeet. However when peace was restored, we found some good birds. We counted five common redstart scattered around the woods.

female common redstart

The only blackcap of the trip was a male seen drinking water under a bush.

Rufous bush robin

One of the last birds seen in Mushrif Palace Gardens was a rufous bush robin. Ironically it was one of the first birds seen at Wamm farms at the beginning of the weekend trip. I am not sure we saw it in between.

I am extremely grateful for Andrew as host. He certainly knows his area and his birds. I intend to visit UAE again. 

There is one more blog to come on the UAE trip mostly concerning terns but I still don't know when it will be published as some of the terns are still not fully identified.

However I have got some quite exciting blogs from Salalah lined up.

Below is the full list of  93 species seen over the weekend in UAE with the first location seen.

Species Location
Egyptian Goose Zakher Lake
Eurasian Wigeon Zakher Lake
Grey Francolin Sharjah University City
Sand Partridge Wadi Tarabat
Little Grebe Zakher Lake
Greater Flamingo Zakher Lake
Great Cormorant Dibba port
Socotra Cormorant Fujairah Port Beach
Grey Heron Khor Kalba (Alqurm Protected Area)
Great Egret Zakher Lake
Western Reef-Heron Eastern Mangrove Lagoon NP
Cattle Egret Wamm Farms
Squacco Heron Zakher Lake
Striated Heron Khor Kalba (Alqurm Protected Area)
Glossy Ibis Fujairah water ditch
Osprey Wamm Farms
Egyptian Vulture Wadi Tarabat
Common Moorhen Fujairah water ditch
Eurasian Coot Zakher Lake
Black-winged Stilt Zakher Lake
Grey Plover Eastern Mangrove Lagoon NP
Red-wattled Lapwing Wamm Farms
Kentish Plover Zakher Lake
Common Ringed Plover Zakher Lake
Common Sandpiper Zakher Lake
Green Sandpiper Wamm Farms
Spotted Redshank Zakher Lake
Common Greenshank Eastern Mangrove Lagoon NP
Whimbrel Eastern Mangrove Lagoon NP
Ruddy Turnstone Eastern Mangrove Lagoon NP
Sanderling Fujairah Port Beach
Little Stint Zakher Lake
Common Snipe Wamm Farms
Slender-billed Gull Fujairah Port Beach
Sooty Gull Fujairah Port Beach
Caspian Gull Dibba port
Saunders's Tern Fujairah Port Beach
Caspian Tern Eastern Mangrove Lagoon NP
Whiskered Tern Fujairah Port Beach
Roseate Tern Fujairah Port Beach
Common Tern Fujairah Port Beach
White-cheeked Tern Fujairah Port Beach
Great Crested Tern Dibba port
Sandwich Tern Fujairah Port Beach
Lesser Crested Tern Dibba port
Rock Dove Wamm Farms
European Turtle-Dove Wamm Farms
Eurasian Collared-Dove Wamm Farms
Laughing Dove Wamm Farms
Common Swift Wamm Farms
Pallid Swift Wamm Farms
Little Green Bee-eater Kalba Bird of Prey Centre
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Wamm Farms
European Bee-eater Kalba Bird of Prey Centre
European Roller Wamm Farms
Indian Roller Wamm Farms
Eurasian Hoopoe Wamm Farms
Lesser Kestrel Wamm Farms
Common Kestrel Wamm Farms
Alexandrine Parakeet Mushrif Palace Gardens
Ring-necked Parakeet Sharjah University City
Turkestan Shrike Wamm Farms
Daurian Shrike Wamm Farms
House Crow Wamm Farms
Desert Lark Wadi Tarabat
Crested Lark Wamm Farms
Sand Martin Wamm Farms
Pale Crag Martin Wamm Farms
Barn Swallow Wamm Farms
Red-vented Bulbul Sharjah University City
White-spectacled Bulbul Kalba Bird of Prey Centre
White-eared Bulbul Wamm Farms
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Wamm Farms
Upcher's Warbler Wamm Farms
Clamorous Reed-Warbler Zakher Lake
Graceful Prinia Wamm Farms
Blackcap Mushrif Palace Gardens
Spotted Flycatcher Kalba Bird of Prey Centre
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin Wamm Farms
Redstart Jebel Hafit
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush Jebel Hafit
Whinchat Wamm Farms
Hume's Wheatear Wadi Tarabat
Northern Wheatear Wamm Farms
Bank Myna Wamm Farms
Common Myna Wamm Farms
Asian Pied Starling Sharjah University City
Superb Starling Sharjah University City
Purple Sunbird Wamm Farms
Striolated Bunting Wadi Tarabat
Trumpeter Finch Wadi Tarabat
House Sparrow Wamm Farms
Indian Silverbill Sharjah University City


  1. The response to your thread on the ID forum has been very disappointing. I might reply myself to see if I can get more of a response!

  2. Thanks Andrew. I got a poor response from BirdForum too. I wonder if it is too difficult for most people!

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