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Old Monday 10th September 2018, 16:24   #31
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Then, in Abu Dhabi, I managed to add a few more species to my UAE list, including some spectacular - and unexpected - lifers, six in all. All other species were, of course, new for my UAE life list :)

We were staying at the Hilton in al Khubeirah, near the Royal Palace, with its own private beach, which I checked out on the first morning:
9. Common sandpiper
10. Purple sunbird*
11. Sanderling
12. White-cheeked tern* - lifer

A short walk around the local area during last hour of daylight added:
13. Ring-necked parakeet
14. Red-wattled Lapwing*
15. Crag martin?*
16. Grey francolin* - lifer
17. Grey heron
18. Whimbrel*

And a second morning visit to the beach added:
19. Western Reef Heron* - lifer
20. Green sandpiper

Finally, a visit to Umm al Emarat park, near Mashrif Palace added three rather nice lifers:
21. Graceful Prinia*
22. Indian Silverbill*
23. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater*
and also
24. Red-vented Bulbul*

*11 species not on a previous list
World life list: 536 (Terek Sandpiper, Abu Dhabi, UAE; September 2019)
UK life list: 228 (Red-backed Shrike, Newbiggin, UK; December 2018)
Morpeth Garden list: 70 (Willow Tit, October 2019)
2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)
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