Good flamingo news from Abu Dhabi

After the horrible news from the United Arab Emirates about jailing raped women, oppressing oppositionists, etc., now some good news.

This video says about itself:

Jul 10, 2011

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi captures and tracks its 15th Flamingo as part of ongoing conservation efforts.

From Wildlife Extra:

Greater flamingos have best year for breeding yet in Abu Dhabi

Flamingos breeding at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

July 2013. The Greater flamingo has successfully bred once again at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi. Around 200 chicks were born in the last six weeks – the highest number recorded since the species first returned to the Reserve to breed back in 2011 and experts say it is an indication of improved conditions for birds to breed, according to The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).

The first chicks hatched on June 1, 2013 and by July 16, a total of 201 chicks had been observed. These numbers are significantly higher than the 39 chicks born during the last breeding season in 2012-2013. Today, around 2,000 Greater flamingos can be spotted residing in Al Wathba, with a high percentage of these being adult breeding birds.

“The breeding is a result of sustained efforts to improve habitat conditions and management in the Reserve. This record further enhances Al Wathba’s status as a key bird site,” said Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector at EAD.

“The landscape around Al Wathba has changed considerably over the past decade and we are making sure that the necessary resources are allocated to the Reserve to ensure its proper protection. Protecting such an area is crucial in the preservation of Abu Dhabi’s biodiversity,” she added.

Flamingos successfully bred for the first time in 1998 at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, and following this successful breeding, the reserve, which lies around 45 minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi city, was established as a Protected Area by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Reserve also provides a safe refuge for many species of reptiles, small mammals and insects.

EAD undertakes routing monitoring on key elements of the Reserve’s wildlife and runs a successful flamingo tracking programme. By monitoring and tracking this species, EAD was able to acquire valuable data about trends, the number of flamingos which visit the Emirate’s shores as well as the route they travel. EAD also regularly monitors the water quality and Artemia (or brine shrimp) to help ensure a suitable environment for the flamingos to breed throughout the year.


In April 2013, the Reserve was recognised internationally and declared as a Ramsar site, the first in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It was recognised for its contribution to the conservation of biological diversity and cemented EAD’s efforts to preserve the UAE’s natural heritage.

The Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is a species with a broad distribution range from the western Mediterranean Basin to Sri Lanka in the north, to South Africa in the south. It is the most common visitor to the UAE and can be observed all year round in lagoons, fresh and salt waters of artificial wetlands, even close to human settlements or activities, such as highways, suburbs, industrial areas, salt pans, sewage ponds.

Status and diurnal behavior of the Greater Flamingo in Algerian eastern high plains: here.

One of the largest colonies of flamingos in Europe is measured and tagged to monitor the evolution of the species at the lagoon in the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve, near Malaga, southern Spain; photos here.

Diversity and distribution of avian lice on Greater Flamingo chicks in Algeria: here.

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