03 Februari 2012

Bird Watching in the Dessert Island

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Abu Dhabi is becoming more and more popular as an eco tourism hub and it is in fact one of the best places in the Middle East to go bird watching. Thousands of birds flock to the several wetlands in the country during the migration season.

During these times those who are keen to watch these feathered friends can be sure to spot some of the largest flocks of birds both in Abu Dhabi as well as the rest of the United Arab Emirates. The country is also home to as many as eighty different species that can be spotted in the wetlands and waterholes as well as mountain ranges. Birds such as Socotra Cormorant, Chestnut-bellied Sand Grouse, Purple Sunbirds, Arabia’s Greater Flamingos and Crab Plovers have made the various settings their homes.

During the months of October to November and also February to March countless migratory birds crossing from the West to the East can be spotted in this area. They include gulls, storks, whimbrels, herons, dunlins, spoonbills, plovers and several other types of nestlings.

For those who are keen on spotting desert birds there are a diversity of species such as Marsh Harriers, Crested Larks, Desert Wheatears, Grey Francolins, falcons and Spotted Eagles. Visitors to this city can spot the species in several parts of the capital. Some of the best spots to go bird watching are around Eastern Lagoon, Mushrif Palace Garden, the Equestrian Club and also the port area where these birds soar above the skies in massive flocks during the peak season.

Lots of hotels also arrange typical bird watching tours in Desert Island. Those visitors who are staying at any of these Abu Dhabi resorts should not miss out on the chance of spotting these beautiful feathered creatures gathering in the numerous waterholes and wadis by the thousands. A large number of luxury Abu Dhabi hotels are in close proximity to the various spots at which the seasonal gatherings of nestlings take place. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is one such hotel at which the guest can enjoy amazing views of the Arabian Gulf and which also offers bird watching and wildlife excursions.