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    Birds Seen in AL QUDRA LAKE and the nearby pivot fields

    Visited Al Qudra lake and neighbourhood from 7 to 10 am,then looking around and in the Pivot Fields managed by the office of he His Highness the Ruler of Dubai. Did not enter the Rhodes grass fields and made a quick round of the lakes up to 1 pm.

    Birds Seen in AL QUDRA LAKE and Marmoum Conservation areas Dubai 5 October 2017
    AL QUDRA HHs Pivot Field
    1 Egyptian Goose 30+ 70+
    2 Mallard 9 40+
    3 Northern Shoveler 7 15
    4 Garganey 1 6
    5 Greater Flamingo 1 3
    6 Grey Francolin many 0
    7 Laughing Dove many many
    8 Collared Dove many many
    9 European Turtle Dove few 0
    10 Rock Pigeon many many
    11 Pin-tailed Sandgrouse 6 0
    12 Cream-coloured Courser 5 0
    13 Squacco Heron 1 0
    14 Purple Heron 1 0
    15 Western Reef Heron 2 6
    16 Grey Heron 30+ 20
    17 White Egret 1 3
    18 Little Ringed Plover 3 6
    19 Common Ringed Plover 2 0
    20 Kentish Plover 3 4
    21 Little Stint 6 30
    22 Common Sandpiper 4 7
    23 Green Sandpiper 4 9
    24 Greenshank 4 4
    25 Ruff 9 25
    26 Red-wattled Lapwing many many
    27 Black-winged Stilt 8 20+
    28 White-winged Tern 1 0
    29 Indian Moorhen many 0
    30 Little Grebe 15+ 10+
    31 Lappet-faced Vulture 1 0
    32 Western Marsh harrier 3 0
    33 Common Kestrel 1 2
    34 Hoopoe 2 8
    35 Arabian Green bee-eater 2 10
    36 Indian Roller 1
    37 Crested Lark many many
    38 Black-bellied Sparrow-lark many many
    39 Pale Crag Martin 4 6
    40 Barn Swallow 4 15
    41 Common Sand Martin 0 3
    42 Brown-necked Raven 6 2
    43 White-eared Bulbul many 6
    44 Red-vented Bulbul 4 0
    45 Common Myna 9 10
    46 Southern Grey Shrike 3 1
    47 Daurian Shrike 1 2
    48 Turkestan Shrike 1 0
    49 Arabian babbler [by Watch Tower, the most elevated place in the area, horse drinking station] 15+ 0
    50 Graceful Prinia 2 2
    51 Clamorous Reed Warbler 3 0
    52 Iasbelline Wheatear 3 2
    53 Purple Sunbird many 4
    54 House Sparrow many 10

    In three hours from 7am did not see any European Nightjar, same in the previous week 27 Sept2017.
    GREATER FLAMINGO---300 TO 500 used to be in the lakes behind cycling round about; all gone but 2 remaining.
    Could not trace them anywhere in the lakes in Bab Al Shams and Seih As Salam areas, including Oasis Lakes.
    But in the flamingo lagoon in RAKWS, by Mangrove Hide, there is an influx of them. Not sure, whether Bab Al Shams flamingos moved to RAKWS?
    Few Grey Herons were dead on the Island with Squacco Heron
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    Dr. Reza Khan

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    Hi Dr Reza, I found your Flamingos yesterday evening at sunset, they all flew into the first small lake on the left of the road out to the Solar Farm, one of the two small new lakes. The other two are still on the island at the Shaih Al Salam lake (behind the equestrian centre).
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    Hi Dr. Reza, whats going on with the gull and all the tape?

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    Hi Steve,
    they release them for catching by falcon, then the gulls can't injured the falcon und can't prober fly away!
    What to say???
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    Peter

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    Dear Peter,
    Do you have some informations about Gulls releases? I'm interested to have some details about that, and about gull hunting by falconers.
    I ask to many people (including some local persons), but nobody had information about that.

    For me, it could be just a gull that visited a landfill (like often for gulls), and came back covered of garbages... Unlucky, he found adhesive tape...

    I'm a little bit suspicious about the risk to hunt a bird able to kill a 20,000$-falcon
    Jean Delannoy

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    Unfortunately, it's quite common, Jean. I've seen several birds at Qudra over the years and this poor thing on Saturday at Kalba.

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    Hi all,
    have also some of these terrible sighting on picture!
    They are ready to starve!!!
    Cheers
    Peter
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    Oh no
    Peter, Marks, I'm sorry guys, I just didn't want to believe that...
    So, really, no limits ???

    Are they wild-birds, trapped and equipped for training, or are they bred-birds ?
    Jean Delannoy

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    Very sad images
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jjean View Post
    Oh no
    Are they wild-birds, trapped and equipped for training, or are they bred-birds ?
    I can't see how it really matters. It's one thing for a bird to be caught and then released for hunting, whatever the odds of survival. Quite another to leave it to die a horrible lingering death, regardless of what it is or where it came from.

    I managed to catch & free one bird last year, but sadly, most can't be caught.
    Mark

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