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Howard Heaton
Mar 18, 2021
In UAE bird sightings
In my garden today 18.03.2021 Nad Al Sheba2
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Howard Heaton
Mar 11, 2021
In Identification problems
Passing over my home today heading towards RAKWS (I'm guessing). As the bird canted and was lit underneath the wing feathers (Both secondaries and primaries) shone whitish.
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Howard Heaton
Feb 02, 2021
In UAE bird sightings
My attention was drawn to this sighting when seated quietly in my garden, totally unaware, I heard a commotion just above me in a Ficus tree. Low and behold, crows were giving this Honey Buzzard a hard time and it quickly departed and eventually landed on this lamppost on the opposite side of the street. I shot the images from inside my garden wall.
Crested Honey Buzzard(Pernis ptilorhynchus) 29.01.2021
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Howard Heaton
Dec 01, 2020
In UAE Odonata
It appeared in the garden this afternoon (Dec. 1st. 2020). Spectacular coloring.
Purple-Blushed Darter(Trithemis annulata)
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Howard Heaton
May 05, 2020
In UAE Odonata
Appeared in the garden on 1st May 2020. Thanks to Mark for helping out with the I.D.
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Howard Heaton
May 01, 2020
In Identification problems
Seen and photographed in my garden today 01.05.2020
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Howard Heaton
Apr 03, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
This splendid example is still around in Nad Al Sheba2 this morning (03.03.2020) Such a thrill to see this here.
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Howard Heaton
Mar 31, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
I was out again in Nad Al Sheba2 yesterday evening before the curfew. 2 Male Pied Wheatears 1 Upcher's Warbler - After Sunset 1 Common Chiffchaff - After Sunset Stay Safe everyone
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Howard Heaton
Mar 26, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
Whilst walking the dog on my local patch in Nad Al Sheba2
Wheatear Moments - 25.03.2020 content media
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Howard Heaton
Mar 26, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
I was totally thrilled on 24th March to find this beautiful Woodchat on my local patch in Nad Al Sheba2. Particularly so because it is at least 3 to 4 years since I last saw one in the area. Yippeee! H
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Howard Heaton
Mar 20, 2020
In UAE Odonata
Desert White(Pontia glauconome) - top. and Caper White(Belenois aurota) Both images taken very recently in Nad Al Sheba2. Caper White actually taken in my garden.
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Howard Heaton
Mar 14, 2020
In Identification problems
Could it be juvenile Lesser Spotted? Sighted close to Saih Al Salam Street west of Bad Al Shams
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Howard Heaton
Mar 14, 2020
In Identification problems
Photographed in my garden on 13.03.2020
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Howard Heaton
Mar 12, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
12.03.2020 Also observed Lesser Whitethroat and Common Chiffchaff both of which were in the trees on the islands.
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Howard Heaton
Mar 11, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
I am truly saddened (though not entirely surprised) by the rapidly diminishing desert in my neighborhood of Nad Al Sheba2. In the past week alone I have observed a growing number of migrating bird and butterfly species passing through this little corner of remaining scrubland. My recent sense of foreboding however has come true and yesterday the Bulldozers truly "moved in" and began the merciless devastation of this rich and productive land. No doubt there is a need for improved infrastructure, housing and communication links throughout the city but this does not ease my sense of loss of an area that has been in many respects a small haven for me over the last 12 years. I will continue to trawl my shrinking patch in an effort to record what I can until the final desert shrub is up-rooted and laid to dust. As a footnote, at least the few remaining Ghaff Trees have been spared as they are being conserved under a Municipal Preservation Order. Hats off to DM for this.
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Howard Heaton
Mar 09, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
Seems they have suddenly dropped out of the skies and I'm seeing them from Nad Al Sheba to the Desert Lake Saih Al Salam. This one I spotted just off the cycle track going towards Bad Al Shams from Last Exit.
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Howard Heaton
Feb 17, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
Had a wonder around the somewhat barren lakes this afternoon. sad to see all the cover for the more secretive species had been obliterated in a number of the larger lakes. Some 15 Little Grebes seemed very exposed as they huddled together for protection. Gone are the reed warblers of course. Anyway, counted around 20 Kentish Plovers and a dozen Temmincks stint along with a small scattering of Little stints, 4 White Wagtails and of course the lone Spotted Redshank which is always a pleasure to see and photograph a reasonably close quarters.(Photos coming soon)
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Howard Heaton
Feb 01, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
Driving North on Al Quadra Road shortly after leaving Last Exit, directly ahead and above a magnificent Male Pallid Harrier at low altitude. Very white in appearance with obvious black primary windows. No photo as I have yet to perfect the art of shooting through the sun-roof at 100kph😉. For those visiting Quadra Lakes, keep a lookout for this one.
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Howard Heaton
Jan 29, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
The one single highlight on an otherwise very ordinary visit to the lakes behind the cycle centre. I suppose the 60 Glossy Ibis did present a decent spectacle when in the air but apart from that, rather a dull hour. Most of the reeds have been either hacked down or even up-rooted, including those that housed the three Grey-headed Purple Swamphens I've been seeing for a while. They are not apparent any longer of course. I've seen the Shrike on previous recent visits but not photographed it. This time I was close enough for a decent shot.
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Howard Heaton
Jan 16, 2020
In UAE bird sightings
Having lunch at home with my Wife and daughter and a Male B-tT popped out from under some garden bushes to feed in the grass. Of course my camera was not hand but I will get a shot eventually if it sticks around long enough. Big thrill for me!
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