Mark, Oscar & Maarten
The area where the roost is.
Oscar picked me up from Al Reef Villas on 10th May & we met up with Mark & Maarten who were already at the site. This is a area of tamarisk desert & semi desert intermixed with a few farms. Oscar & Mark found Egyptian Nightjar breeding here a couple of years ago. This is a terrific record for the UAE.
So well camouflaged!
This individual could well be a juvenile.
It appears pairs breed in the open desert
& then young go to a nearby nursery area,
where there is a communal roost.
Photo courtesy of Mark Smiles.
Rufous Bush Chat
There appears to be a good density
of this species in this area.
Those ears are amazing!