Birds spotted in Europe (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here.

The King’s Garden is the oldest park in Copenhagen, established in the 17th century, abutting the Rosenborg Castle of King Christian IV. On our first morning in Copenhagen, we spent some time walking through this 12-hectare park, taking in the sights and smells of the Danish spring.

walk through Kings Garden
King’s Garden, Copenhagen

Hooded Crow

Here and there, strutting around on the green grass of the King’s Garden with authority were these birds that behaved like our Indian House Crows, but they looked different – dominant light grey plumage with glossy black restricted to head, throat, wings and tail. They were bigger but with the same boldness, not hesitating to walk close to humans. We didn’t see many crows during the rest of our trip. Continue reading

Birds in Dubai

With the vast expanse of sand and sparse greenery one would think that there wouldn’t be much for birds in Dubai. However, Ber trees, Yellow trumpet bushes and Bougainvillea seem to be adequate to attract several species of birds, many of which are uncommon in our city homes.

Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul (Location: Mirdif)
White-eared Bulbul
White-eared Bulbul (Location: Mirdif)
House Sparrow
House Sparrow, female (Location: Mirdif)
House Sparrow, male (Location: Mirdif)
House Sparrow, male (Location: Mirdif)
Common Myna
Common Myna (Location: Mirdif)
Eurasian collared Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove (Location: Mirdif)
Laughing Dove
Laughing Dove (Location: Dubai Marina)
Blue Rock Pigeon (Location: Mirdif)
Blue Rock Pigeon (Location: Mirdif)
White-throated Munia (Location: Dubai Marina)
White-throated Munia (Location: Dubai Marina)
Purple Sunbird, female (Location: Mirdif)
Purple Sunbird, female (Location: Mirdif)
Purple Sunbird, male (Location: Mirdif)
Purple Sunbird, male (Location: Mirdif)

Pictures taken in Dubai, October 2014