I have to say that I was surprised to fins out that I may be able to see Greater Flamingos when I was in Dubai. While I have no prior experience of these birds - zoos and TV shows excepted - I not associate them with the Middle East. Which just goes to show how much I really know!
About 15 minutes drive from the middle of modern Dubai you can find series of tidal salt pans known as the Ras al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. They also seem to be watered by waste water from city. They are an extension of the tidal river - Dubai Creek - which was the original point of settlement in this area.
Even as we drove along the six lane highway that flanks the salt pans you could see a strange pink white line in some parts - and that was the flamingos. At peak times there are about 4000 of them gathered at this spot.
Even further evidence that money is not always lacking in this part of the world the hides around the salt pans (there are three) have there own security guard and Zeiss telescopes and binoculars for the public to use! The views of the distant birds were great - and much better with the provided glassware than with my "travel" bins!
Eventually I found a couple of birds that came within lens range - and with a bit of cropping (The poor man's telephoto!) I got some decent images.
As far as I can tell the single bird shown here is a juvenile - but I'm a bit out of my pay scale here!
Although Dubai can be very hot it's worth going to have a look at these birds - I saw a couple of other species as well, but they were distant - although half a dozen Red Winged Lapwing showed in the scope and kept things "ticking" along!
So, now its over to you!
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