Dubai Pivot Fields - 25.169707N , 55.432797E
Dubai Pivot Fields consists of two circular grassy fields (watered by two pivotal watering structures) located 18 km east of downtown Dubai. It was discovered by Colin Richardson during spring 1997.
Update November 2012:
The small pivot has been dug up, hopefully to replant grass. Few birds present. The central reedbed and canal has been filled in.
Directions and access:
To get to the Dubai Pivot Fields, take the main road (Road 44) from Dubai to Hatta/Oman. After appx 18 km from Sheik Zayed Road, passing Dragon Mart and International City on your right side, you will see a brown sign to 'Dubai Textile City'. Take this exit.
After another 160m, there is a turnoff to your left. Take this, and drive 940m along the fence of Dubai Pivot Fields to the gate.
The gate is located at Google Earth coordinates 25.164583 , 55.430979.
Park outside the gate and walk in.
If a car is brought inside, NO DRIVING ON THE GRASS! The managment has informed me that all access will be terminated if this is observed again (October 2012, and again November 2013).
See this link for more info.
Also, depending on who is at the gate, all access might be restricted between 11:00am and 1:00pm, and no access with cars on Fridays after 1pm (walking in might still be OK).
To cover the area thouroughly, plan to spend 4-5 hours or more on foot.
Walk north along the large pivot to where it meets the smaller pivots. Follow the road to the end (towards Hatta Road), then go left (west), covering the entire smaller pivot. This is the favourite haunt for White-tailed Lapwing, and if Sosciable Lapwings are present, they will most likely be found here. As are Buff-bellied Pipits.
After finishing the smaller pivot, move on to the large pivot, trying to flush Oriental Skylarks and other larks from the center, Jack Snipe and raptors as well. The short grass bordering the large pivot is good for pipits and wagtails.
The bushes and trees bordering the area are well worth checking for passerines.
254 species (including escapes) have been recorded pr December 2009.
The Dubai Pivot Fields holds a good breeding populations of White-tailed Lapwings (20+ pairs in 2009), and has proven to be the most reliable site in the UAE for wintering Buff-bellied Pipits and Sociable Lapwings.
Rarities have included Red-crested Pochard, Intermediate Egret, Hen Harrier, Black-winged Pratincole, Black Tern, Sykes's Nightjar, Little Swift, Brown Shrike, Pale Martin, Wire-tailed Swallow, Calandra Lark, Moustached Warbler, Ring Ouzel, European Stonechat (now regular).