East Coast UAE

Every summer me and a few mates hire a fishing boat from Kalba on the east coast of the UAE. We travel out due east for about 50 miles among the rusting hulls of all the impounded oil tankers some of which have been there fifteen years, to look for seabirds and whatever else comes our way.

This year it was mainly birds, you would be surprised at the number of birds that can be found especially if there are dolphins or tuna driving the fish to the surface.

A white-cheeked tern in Kalba harbour

A white-cheeked tern in Kalba harbour

Adult bridled tern with one of this years brrod

Adult bridled tern with one of this years brrod

Persian shearwater going through it's summer moult

Persian shearwater going through it's summer moult

Here's a list of the species we saw...

  • Oystercatcher
  • Steppe gull
  • Common noddy
  • White-cheeked tern
  • Lesser crested tern
  • Great crested tern
  • Bridled tern
  • Jouanin's petrel
  • Wilson's storm petrel
  • Swinhoe's storm petrel
  • Persian shearwater
  • Flesh-footed shearwater