Close encounter with a Bonelli’s Eagle

Had a great experience with a pair of Bonelli’s Eagles during my last UAE Bird Watching tour in February this year (2017). We basically surprised each other as we came through from under a tin roof, the birds had been hawking very low over the building unbeknown to us. As we appeared the two birds […]

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Pick on someone your own size!

Whilst on a short Safari recently in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya with Nature’s Wonderland Safaris, we came across a watering pool with White-headed and Rüppell’s Vultures along with Steppe Eagles. There was a mound that was a good vantage point for one of the Steppe Eagles. However a Rüppell’s Vulture had other ideas and thought […]

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Eagles in Hungary

I recently took a trip to the Hortobágy National Parkin Hungary, staying in a small town called Balmazújváros. I had previously photographed a White-tailed Sea Eagle in Scotland but had not been prepared with the right focal length at the time photographing from a boat. Therefore I felt the lure of the chance to photograph […]

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Desert Ducks

There are some new man-made lakes that have recently been created to the South East of Dubai. They are still a way from becoming established sites and for some reason the authorities have introduced feral species from around the world leading to strange sights of birds that would normally never co-exist ! It has already […]

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Forest Wagtail – UAE Record No 10

This Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus) is a recent vistor to Abu Dhabi, I believe, according to the Emirates Bird Recorder, it is the 10th Record for the UAE, the first being Nov 1989 and the last Dec 2012. It is only my second sighting, the last being in 2009, so I enjoyed my hour or […]

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Well travelled Youngster

Whilst out guiding for the day in the West of the UAE last Saturday, I had the good fortune to cross paths with a rather beautiful young Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca). Imperial Eagles are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Listing primarily due to habitat loss and degradation, adult mortality through persecution and collision with […]

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