'Is It a Bird?...'
Alarm bells started to ring when Dr Reza Khan posted in the UAE Birding Forum the names and photos of birds he had spotted on Tuesday 17 May 2011 at Fujairah and Kalba in three different locations.
‘Weird Black-Headed Thing’
Mark S, one of his birding colleagues added these comments to the forum:
“White-eyed Gull AND that weird white-eyed black-headed thing, Reza? Not only is White-eyed Gull a serious rarity, but that black-headed gull looks VERY interesting - similar to Laughing/Franklin's Gull. Reza-do you have any more photos of either bird?”
Franklin’s Finding Authenticated
The spotting and identification of the Franklin’s Gull in Fujairah was reported (25 May 2011) in The National along with news of a sighting on 12 May of a Cory’s shearwater which had also not been seen before and documented in the UAE.
On 27 May 2011 UAE birder Mike Barth posted an article about visiting
Mike found the
He writes about wading out among the high waves and getting drenched in order to get his photos. The lengths that bird spotters go to get their photos and video footage!
Take a look at Mike Barth’s post, his photos of the rare bird in Fujairah and the
This article is also posted on the