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The Ruwais habitation area is an under-watched area 180 km west of the city of Abu Dhabi.
Directions and access:
Open access from the main highway between Abu Dhabi and Sila'a (and Saudi Arabia).
Drive in through the open housing complex gate, no need to stop.
This hotspot includes the reedbeds at 24.094256 , 52.642175 as well as and the local park and small lakes, and can be excellent during migration and winter, and is open for public.
A new wetland at 24.090136 , 52.667228 is worth investigating.
Can be good for desert species.
This plant has seemingly dried up.
Further to the south lies:
Yu Al Ghader forest
171 species (excluding escapes) have been recorded as of January 2020.
Rarities have included;
- Greater Scaup 2012
- Water Rail
- Little & Baillon's Crake
- Purple Swamphen 1995/96
- Long-toed Stint
- Black-winged Pratincole
- Spotted Sandgrouse
- Pied Kingfisher
- Cetti's Warbler
- Hume's Leaf Warbler
- Icterine Warbler
- Olive-backed Pipit (nominate subspecies)
- Buff-bellied Pipit