Dubai: This year's migratory season is right on track as it welcomes a new bird in town -- the Siberian broad-billed sandpiper.
On Sunday, officials at Dubai Municipality recorded the broad-billed sandpiper at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary for the first time, "which was quite unusual as they have one of the longest distance for migration", said Dr Reza Khan, Specialist, Wildlife and Zoo Management, Public Parks and Horticulture Department at Dubai Municipality.
Across the Dee Estuary, a broad-billed sandpiper
was a great find among an impressive flocK of 10,000 dunlins at HoylaKe and Meols, a Russian wader that is rare on western coasts and even rarer in spring.
You can't just pop up to the Lickeys to sort out your dunlin from the rather more exotic broad-billed sandpiper
A broad-billed sandpiper
took up temporary residence on a Devon estuary - a long way west of its main migration route from Asia to Siberia.
A number of threatened species such as the Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) and Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga) are seen in the area; more than 3,000 Greater Flamingoes (Phoenicopterus ruber) have been counted, and more than 1 per cent of the regional population of Broad-billed Sandpipers
(Limicola falcinellus) migrate through in autumn and spring.
A number of globally threatened species such as the Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius and Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga are seen in the area; more than 3,000 Greater Flamingoes Phoenicopterus ruber have been counted, and more than 1% of the regional population of Broad-billed Sandpipers
Limicola falcinellus migrate through in autumn and spring.