Fujairah (and the rest of the UAE) is a great place for people wanting to take up the hobby of birding—bird watching or bird spotting and photography (see the difference between these pursuits).
Fujairah and neighbouring Kalba are rich in mountain and sea birds and the feathered scene changes throughout the year with migratory birds descending and departing the Emirates.
Barth on Birds
One of the many who visit Fujairah to spot birds is Mike Barth.
A native of the UK, Mike is based in Dubai and his birding has taken him all over the country—to nearby Dubai Pivot fields to spot collared pratincoles, to Abu Dhabi to photograph barn owls, to Al Ain to see an Upcher’s Warbler, to the Hatta Fort to view a spectacled bulbul, to Wadi Bih to see and hear a chukar, out on the Ajman waters to see Socotra cormorants and listing a bevy of birds at the Fujairah National Dairy Farm.
If you travel a lot, as Mike does, you have the opportunity to see new bird life wherever you go.
As Mike’s blogging notes indicate, one ventures to new areas and learns more about UAE bird life when you can team up with a friend.
The modern digital cameras and big lenses provide great joy and sensational pictures. A simple blog serves as a digital record and multiplies the pleasure for people who savour your photographs.
If you get good at this hobby you might be able to earn some money by selling your photographs.
Visit Fujairah to Watch the Birds, FIF, 11 September 2008.
Birds of the United Arab Emirates, ETE, 4 November 2007.
Birds of the Middle East by David Cottridge et al, RBM, 4 November 2007.
Birds of Fujairah and the UAE East Coast, FIF, 4 November 2007.
The Falcon: An Emirati Icon, ETE, 26 August 2007.
The Falcon Roundabout in Fujairah Reminds People of High Values, FIF, 31 October 2010.
This article is also posted on the Fujairah in Focus Facebook Page.
Image: A citrine wagtail spotted at the Fujairah National Dairy Farm perfectly snapped by Mike Barth to capture the dance of the wagtail.