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    Nad Al Sheba Ponds and surrounds

    Well I guess it had to come some day but I didn't expect this.

    Yesterday evening, shortly before sunset I was photographing a female Desert Wheatear when I heard a police car siren very close by.

    To my surprise it was just behind me and a very serious-looking police officer came marching across to my car.

    After I explained what I was about he commanded me to leave the area and not to return, stating that the area was restricted for public access. I have been photographing in this part of Nad Al Sheba for a few years now and this is the first time I've been challenged. There are no signs restricting access and there is a local rubbish dumping ground. Bang goes one of my favourite locations for a bit of quiet and peaceful birding.

    The only thing I can think is that it is close to a DEWA Corridor where power cables and water lines run above and below ground. Maybe the authorities see me as a threat to security?

    Whatever the reason, I am now a "marked man" as the policeman recorded my plate number.


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    Howard Heaton

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    Sorry to hear that Howard, Al Qudra is heading the same way, we'll soon be sitting together in the Mangrove Hide as that's all that will be left
    World: 469 (Bateleur Eagle - Kruger National Park)
    UAE: 263 - Short Eared Owl - Wamm Nov 2017

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    Very disappointing. To be treated like that... Like a criminal. Makes my blood boil
    Tim Lloyd

    World: 431 species / UAE: 130 (Eastern Imperial Eagle, Al Qudra, 2nd Feb 2018)

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