I am a relative beginner despite being in my 70s. Recently re-employed here in Dubai after a contract from 1995 that lasted 17 years. I remember being a member of the Emirates Golf Club in the late 90s and saying to a playing partner ' I am the sort of idiot that will go back to the UK and take up bird watching' - well here I am. A year ago I spent 6 days in a hide in Sweden at an outside temperature of below -30C hoping to get some good images of Golden Eagles in the snow. Got plenty of images but none of them particularly good; because of the snow(fall). Hope that through this site I will become considerably more able to identify the 100s of different birds that all look like sparrows to me - not to mention the gulls etc. Hope to meet some of you in the near future.