Qatar Birds

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Irakaya Farm 22-2-20

Today’s visit was quieter than normal with only one Harrier quartering the fields. There have recently been five or six of these birds in the air, as well as significant numbers of kestrels. Today’s visit was quieter than normal with only one Harrier quartering the fields. There are often five… Read More >Irakaya Farm 22-2-20

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Irkhaya Farm 7-2-20

The weather was bright and breezy as I arrived at the Farm.  After the last visit when I saw numerous Golden Eagles soaring in the afternoon thermals, I was hopeful of seeing some eagles. There were none to be seen, although there were plenty of Harriers as usual. This day… Read More >Irkhaya Farm 7-2-20

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Birds of Qatar

I was excited about the potential birding opportunities when I first moved to Qatar. After a few months, I had come to the conclusion that Qatar was a dead zone, with just a handful of birds to be seen. Having been here a bit longer, I know that this is… Read More >Birds of Qatar

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Jazirat bin Ghanim (Purple Island) and Fuwiarit Beach 31-1-20

We drove up the west coast of Qatar to visit Fuwairit Beach. Turtles come ashore here in the breeding season, but today we were just in search of an alternative place for a Friday walk. Friday’s are a good day to be out and about, because the roads are generally… Read More >Jazirat bin Ghanim (Purple Island) and Fuwiarit Beach 31-1-20

Irkhaya Farm 25-1-20

Irkhaya Farm is another of Qatar’s wildlife secrets. It sits unpromisingly on the perimeter of a sand processing factory and you approach it down an unmade road. A guard sits in a cabin beside the locked gate and by means of a mime involving binoculars and a bird watching book,… Read More >Irkhaya Farm 25-1-20

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First Visit To Karaana Lagoons

After driving an hour from home, Waze took me to a roundabout off the Salwa Road about 60km from Doha. There are no signs to the lagoons and you must pass over a second roundabout then turn left onto an access road. The entrance is on your right which is… Read More >First Visit To Karaana Lagoons