Common Interests

After dropping my son off on a Friday morning for archery practice at the Sharjah Wanderers Golf club, I often spend the few hours before I have to pick him up again doing a spot of twitching and trying to get some decent bird pictures. I often see a variety of wildlife around the golf club including lizards and snakes; I once stopped the traffic to allow a snake to cross the road. Today I decided to try and get some photos of Red-wattled Lapwing chicks, as they are just starting to hatch.  These birds nest everywhere and anywhere, just placing a few twigs on the ground, often next to heavy human activity (under the swing in the Sharjah Colleges Nursery school outside play area for example). They are also very common on the wide grass verges next to the road, so that is where I decided to look, slowly cruising down the road between the golf club and the Sheikh's Palace, when suddenly I saw a fox, on the far edge of the grass verge, next to the Damas trees.

Image courtesy of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

At first I thought it was a Ruppell's Fox, but now I think it was an Arabian Red Fox. I had my camera with me, but I was almost opposite the entrance to the Sheikh's Palace and I've been warned before and told to move on when taking bird pictures there. So the fox and I just stared at each other for 30 seconds or so. I then realised that we were both there for the same reason Red-wattled Lapwing eggs and chicks. I hope it had more luck than me.

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