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Old Tuesday 10th August 2010, 11:45   #1
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birding near Abu Dhabi Airport

I have a few hours here en route to Sri Lanka in March. Only 5.5 which only leaves about 3 spare so I can't go very far (and might be prudent to stay within walking distance)! I have contacted someone from UAE birding website but was wondering if anyone else has stopped here and seen much? I'm particularly after any 'Middle East' specialities not occuring in Europe or Sri Lanka.

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You can pick up quite a few species really close to the airport.

If you come out of the main terminal and cross over the road there is a small park which you can pick up a number of more common species. Note that there is a small fee so you will need some small change (think about 20p worth but cant remember).

After this you need to get the the edge of the sand golf course where there is an area of watse ground which has wet depressions and reeds. You should pick up more species here including waders and bee eaters etc.

If you look at google maps (aerial image) the park is directly south of terminal and waste ground with pools is just south of this and west of the tennis coursts and sand golf course.

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from memory the species were as follows but think i missed a few but gives you some idea

park by terminal
Red vented bulbul
White cheeked bulbul
Purple sunbird
Swift
common myna
laughing dove
collared dove

Wasteground
Indian silverbill
Spotted crake
Red wattled plover
black kite
moorhem
black winged stilt
stint
rose ring parakeet
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from memory the species were as follows but think i missed a few but gives you some idea

park by terminal
Red vented bulbul
White cheeked bulbul
Purple sunbird
Swift
common myna
laughing dove
collared dove

Wasteground
Indian silverbill
Spotted crake
Red wattled plover
black kite
moorhem
black winged stilt
stint
rose ring parakeet
thanks for this. It's OK birding so close to the airport? Don't want to get arrested!
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thanks for this. It's OK birding so close to the airport? Don't want to get arrested!
its fine in the locations stated as the first is a park and the second is past the park so further away and hidden. Never had any problems.

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