Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 6, 2017

Ghantoot Birding

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United Arab Emirates – First Day.

I got my rental car from the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. I was so out of place. It was like a mansion. Driving around Dubai was very scary. I had to use the google maps otherwise I would have been hideously lost. People were driving so fast and I was crawling along freaking out. I eventually bought all my camping gear from Carrefour supermarket and made it back to the hostel.

My rental Car at Ghantoot.

Next day I ventured south towards Abu Dhabi. I exited at Ghantoot and had a look at the Polo Field. There were high walls all around it so I pulled up at a gate and had a look around. Not much except for White-eared Bulbuls. They are everywhere here.

Southern Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike (lanius meridionalis)

After that I headed on down the road to the Jazira resort which had a fake creek running along it. I got out and walked along the water and saw a few waders. There was a deserted resort which was a bit weird with junk strewn all about. That night I pumped up the airbed and slept on the beach. Which was fine except that half way through the night the airbed went down. And I saw a length of hose which looked like a snake. And some fishermen rocked up about 4am.

Daurian Shrike
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus) aka Isabelline Shrike

The morning was a bit of a dud and I felt like crap after sleeping on the hard ground. I had Maccas at a petrol station down the road, then headed towards Ajban, where I walked around the fields which only had a wire fence.

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

I had spied a restaurant near the fields so I took in my laptop and hooked it up to their power and sorted out my photos. A couple of cups of chai and some paratha and subji (which cost 7 dirham, about $2.50), and I am ready to go. The laptop is charged and photos rendered.

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)

House Crow
House Crow

Grey Francolin
Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondiceranus)

Ghantoot and Ajban fields birds list

Southern Grey Shrike (lanius meridionalis)
Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)
Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondiceranus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet
White-eared Bulbul (Picnonotus leucotis)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
Red-wattled Lapwing
House Crow
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Rock Dove (Columba livia)

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