A boat trip to some tiny islets east of Sir Bani Yas yesterday (8th October; other details here: http://www.uaebirding.com/forum/show...-Dhabi-islands) produced at least 20 Red-viened Darters. Like the nightjars they were clinging to any scrap of vegetation available, and 3 out of the 4 islets we checked had them. Again like the nightjars, I suspect we would have found many, many more had we had time to keep checking. Also out there were a few Pantalas and the odd Selysiothemis.
Earlier at Sila I had racked up 5 species of Odonata. These were the usual suspects; mostly Diplacodes and Selysiothemis and a few Crocothemis, Anax parthenope and Orthetrum sabina. No Red-viens!