Time to move inland. We did the 2.5 hour drive to Al Ain last night to stay at the One-to-One Ain al Faida resort so that we could hit the local sites at first light. First was Green Mubazzara, normally pretty busy during the weekends but as it was a Sunday morning it was very quiet. Targets here were Hooded Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Egyptian Vulture, Barbary Falcon and any warblers we could find in the back Wadi. It was rather quiet and we failed on the Hooded Wheatear unfortunately, this can be a tough mountain species to locate, it's a scarce resident in this location and very rare elsewhere. However we did get our first Plain Leaf Warbler of the trip. Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
East Coast Birding Woke to quite bad weather in Fujairah this morning. However with our targets of Persian Shearwater and Sooty Gull in mind we left for the beach ! It was raining and very windy so decided breakfast was probably the best thing to do initially :-) Fed and Watered we once again set out driving the coast line from Fujairah Port down to Kalba, starting with a sea watch, only had to wait 5 minutes before we picked up 3 Persian Shearwater skimming the surface a couple of Km off shore, Priority no 1 achieved ! We came across large flocks of Black-headed gull with small numbers of Slender-billed Gull interspersed along with several examples of Lesser-black Backed Gull of both
About to begin a 6 Day guiding/workshop for Australian Clients. Will cover Desert, Mangrove, Mountain and Coastal habitats. Will keep you updated ! 👍 One of our targets on Day 1 - Black-throated Thrush
Finally able to publish my tour to Kenya, one of my favorite places. I have visited many times and never grow tired of it's wide diversity. Mt. Kenya looms mighty in the sky and features in the tour while the abiding savannah stretches to the horizon. Kenya is a place where wildlife roams, legends begin and adventures are embraced. Kenya has around 1,090 bird species recorded to-date including 8 endemics. Check out the tour here Kenya November 2017
Just to let you know I am working on putting a workshop together for small community groups. I will be covering the basics of wildlife photography and more specifically bird photography. Tips and Techniques that I have picked up over the years. This will be ideal for those starting out and those who don't feel they have the confidence to get out with their cameras ! If you would like one-on-one time with me please don't hesitate to ask.
I am launching my blog page today. I hope to update regularly with material relating to my itineries and species found. Along with other items I find interesting. I hope to see you soon on one of my personal workshop tours ! Kind regards Mike Barth