Dubai Safari has received four new passage migrants as guests to it for the first time. These are the Daurian or Isabelline Shrike, Temminck’s Stint, Common Sandpiper ad Wood Sandpiper. The birds were seen on Monday morning just prior to the visit of Dubai Municipality Director General Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, who made a quick round of the under-construction Dubai Safari with an entourage from the Municipality to see its progress.
Dr Reza Khan, Principal Wildlife Specialist based in Dubai Safari has been recording the plants that are growing naturally and the animals of the Safari as well as the birds that are visiting the safari on transit or are becoming permanent residents.
During a tour of the safari early in the morning Dr Khan noted three specimens of Daurian Shrike that is also called Isabelline Shrike, which is a resident of Central Asia and parts of Europe.
The other three species are called waders or shorebirds that usually breeds in parts of Asia and Europe, even in areas in Siberia in Russia. These waders migrate from their breeding grounds to the Arabia, Middle East and then head to the coastal areas of the Red Sea and East Coast of Africa during three seasons. First they come in autumn that means now, then in winter and again in spring.
In addition to over three dozen species of birds noted earlier, Dr Khan has seen these birds comfortably eating insects and worms from near water and in hedges.
“Dubai Government’s efforts in greening the cities are definitely bearing fruits as a result of which many birds area attracted built up areas like Dubai Safari and all the parks in Dubai, vis-à- vis the UAE.