Tuesday 18 July 2017

Finding flamingoes in the desert and a rogue black swan

Flamingos are like airplane passengers, they stop over in Dubai before returning to their traditional breeding grounds in Iran.

Over half the flamingo population, around 1,500 birds remain in Dubai over the summer. It is hoped that they can be encouraged to breed in the 620-hectare sanctuary which includes mud flats and mangrove lagoons.

Flamingos can be found in 2 locations in Dubai. Above at the Ras Al Khor Nature Reserve and can be viewed from 2 different hides.
Flamingo hide, off Oud Metha, and Mangrove hide, off Ras Al Khor Road, are open from 9am to 4pm for individuals or family groups.

And below at Al Qudra lakes, located in Seih Al Salam desert.
Al Qudra is a popular spot for camping and for dog walkers also.

As bizarre as it sounds to find Flamingos in the desert, finding a black swan, wandering and minding his own business was a bit of a surprise, especially as he was quite some distance from the other birds and the lakes.


  1. I wonder how that swan got there - are they a bird you expect to see in Dubai? Flamingoes seem very adaptable and there used to be 2 living wild on the marshes of NW Kent although no-one seemed to know how they got there!

    Thank you for adding this post to #AnimalTales and apologies for the time it took me to get and read it. Summer just got in the way! The September linky will go live in a couple of hours.

    1. the black swans were a gift from the Queen to the Sheikh so I'm led to believe