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  1. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Arbu, When the idea of the trip first came up at the end of last year Hypocolius was one of my main potential targets. But it became clear that this was increasingly unlikely. Below is what the uaebirding website has to say - the information is a bit out of date, as you can see, even the...
  2. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    No worries, Chris, I'm happy to think someone will get something out of it. The chance for new birds in a relatively compact and 'easy' country was one of the reasons I went for it as a destination. It was a good trip and I find doing a report is a great aide memoire at the time and something to...
  3. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Tuesday 31st January: Last day of the trip today but as my flight was not until the very small hours of tomorrow morning it was essentially a full day with a bit of a late start to sort the bag out. I was at Kalba Harbour before Khor Kalba had opened so had a scan from the car park and a quick...
  4. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    No, sorry, I don't carry a camera (only on the phone).
  5. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Indeed, that is how Jos ID'ed it - I mislabelled the photo.
  6. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Monday 30th January: The plan for this morning had been Khor Kalba but literally as I was leaving the hotel room I checked online for access details and opening times to find out the site is closed on Mondays. So a rapid change of plan and I headed north to Wamm Farms. A bit of an odd birding...
  7. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Sunday 29th January: Still an early-ish start, despite a slightly late finish last evening, and another fine looking day. I began by going through the scrub to the coastline adjacent to the Abu Dhabi Officer's Club. The usual urban/roadside/farmland species were common again here and on the...
  8. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Saturday 28th January: Thanks for the comments/emojis guys. Stayed fairly local to Abu Dhabi today as I had hopefully organised an early-ish check-in to another hotel to be within walking distance of this evening's venue. So I started early at the Eastern Lagoon Mangroves, parking at the free...
  9. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Sorry about the lack of updates. I was back to working from Monday (to make up for some of the money I spent on the trip), ushing at a wedding on Wednesday, dealing with the aftermath of a break-in at home on Thursday morning (still ongoing) and then this morning tested positive for Covid! I've...
  10. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Thanks Andy. Sorry, no photos of birds as I don't carry a camera, only on my smartphone. I realised Rufous Turtle Dove wasn't common but I was still at the point of checking every Dove/Pigeon that moved in the park that morning and was frankly a bit more surprised by the Wood Pigeons. As for...
  11. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Makes sense, didn't even occur to me at the time. I tend to switch off a bit from time keeping / worrying about what day of the week it is when I'm away on a trip ... not always to my benefit.
  12. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Friday 27th January: Today being my last day based in Dubai I decided to check out some of the local city parks before heading south, starting at Dubai Creek Park. My satnav took me to gate 4 where I parked and went to the booth and asked how much the entrance fee was. The answer was 5 dirham...
  13. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Yes, the mountains and desert areas are stunning.
  14. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Thursday 26th: Thanks Chris and Owen - yes it was a great start. Up and out before first light this morning to avoid the worst of the traffic and because the weather was forecast to turn wet again later in the day. Headed north again, this time to just beyond Umm al Quwain to check out Khor...
  15. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    No worries Mike, always happy to help increase someone else's life list.
  16. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    For some reason the formatting toolbar is not working for me when typing threads so I can't do my usual italics for a place name, bold species names for a first trip appearance and underlining for a lifer - so I'll try an asterisk (*) after the latter. Wednesday 25th January: Despite a late...
  17. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Cheers Chris. Hope you're going to do a trip report from the Canaries.
  18. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Based on what I found compared to the slightly outdated uaebirding site I suspect change is a constant here...
  19. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Thanks, I may be forced to try this when I see what my roaming charges were!!
  20. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Indeed!
  21. foresttwitcher

    UAE - January 2023

    Since I returned from my last trip at the end of February 2022, due first to global and then changing personal circumstances, I have been unable to travel beyond my home area of the Chilterns. Things changed again in early winter and, restrictions having been removed, I was free to think about...
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