Early morning on our last weekend in UAE saw us heading out by boat on a fishing trip into the mangroves and inshore waters north of Abu Dhabi. We used seafood and fish bait to entice small feeders and trawled to and from our fishing spots. As a result we caught several smallish fish of several species and this magnificent Hamour which we enjoyed for lunch.
Of course, while fishing my bins were not far away. Highlights were my first Socotra Cormorants, an Osprey’s nest and a Western Reef Heron fishing in shallows close enough to the boat for good shots.
While we were parked alongside the mangroves another boat with 3 locals came by from further out and seeing us fishing swung along for a chat. We compared notes which wasn’t difficult as we had only just parked and had caught nothing. They showed us their impressive catch and, without a second’s thought, they tipped several fish into our still empty bucket. With a wave and lots of smiles, they headed back towards the shore. I was impressed with such friendliness and generosity.
Lots of shallow water where we were fishing as it was low tide and so this was good for waders. Birding that day was good and personally, as usual, I enjoyed the birding and photography more than the fishing, although I did my share so I wouldn’t feel guilty as I enjoyed the fruits of our catch over the next couple of days.
Birds of the day:
Western Reef Heron
Osprey – on nest