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Iraq Camp Kirkuk (1 Viewer)


Kirkuk is in Northern Iraq just below Kurdistan. Now I have seen lots of birds in places I never thought I would see them since I have been here, but one morning when I was driving to the office along the perimeter road of the camp, through the chain link fence flying alongside me was a bright pink flamingo! I was shocked as I have never seen one in the wild before, especially in the desert. I followed the bird which disappeared behind a small hill. I quickly went to the closest guard tower and asked if I could go up for a look, (bearing in mind I was in a war zone and the camp was on high alert) I tried to explain to the guards but they just thought I was stupid I think. Anyway after 5 minutes of trying to explain to the guys from Sierra Leone I wanted to look for a pink flamingo, they eventually gave up and handed me their binoculars. Over the hill was a small watering hole with a heard of Water Buffalo, between them was around 12 pink flamingos. I stayed up in the tower for around 30 minutes watching, unfortunately being British on an American camp I was not allowed to have a camera! I visited the tower for 2 or 3 days after that but by the end of the week they had left never to be seen again. Now this gave me an idea. I printed out A4 size sheets with different birds and a small write up about them, and I went from tower to tower giving them to the guards. This served two purposes, it educated them in birds and it also gave me unlimited access to the towers.
One day a few weeks later a guard approached me in the DFAC (Dining Facility And Canteen) and asked me to come to his tower, I obliged later that afternoon and when I climbed up to the top I was shocked, they had all of the bird information sheets pinned up on the wall and he was pointing to a flock of birds in a field around 50 meters from the tower. I got the binoculars and took a look and WOW there were a flock of Hoopoe’s in the field. Now ever since being a child I have wanted to see one of these birds, but to see a whole flock of them in a field well WOW again 
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