December Ramble: Fuwarit Beach Birding
Friday December 14th, 2019
Gathering Place and Time
Date & Time: December 14th Time: 12:00 pm,
Duration: 4 hours
Gathering/Meeting Place: 12:00 at Woqod Petrol Station 18 on Al Shamal Road
Leaders: Robert Moorhead (QNHG)
We will be visiting Fuwarit Beach in North Qatar which has both beach and mangrove habitats (https://goo.gl/maps/sRN7QNaZMdwCS4py7). It is a popular swimming beach and an important nesting site for Hawksbill Turtles (the beach is typically closed from April to August each year.
Qatar is currently experiencing Spring Tides with high tide due at 7.28am. We should a strong falling tide when we arrive which should attract the birds onto the beach and into the mangroves.
We will be meeting at Woqod Petrol Station 18 Rawdat Al Hamama on Al Shamal Road (https://goo.gl/maps/eR4s8XHuXF168AUg6) at 1200 noon where we will car pool. We will be driving on the sand for the final stretch, so a minimum of an all-wheel drive car is recommended.
The drive will take us approximately 1 hour with the intention to start on the beach and then go into the mangroves. Waders, reef shoes or old sandshoes are required for the mangroves.
We will leave no later than 4pm depending upon light. Sunset is at 4.45pm.
What to bring?
- All wheel drive vehicle suitable for the beach (or carpool)
- Plenty of water, snacks& lunch
- Hat, sunscreen, beach attire, shoes for walking in the mangroves
- Binoculars, camera and bird book
12:00 noon–Woqod Petrol Station 18 Rawdat Al Hamama on Al Shamal Road (https://goo.gl/maps/eR4s8XHuXF168AUg6)
13:00am – Arrive Fuwarit Beach & Mangrove birding. We may also go up to Al Mafjar nearby if the tide is too high.
16.00pm – NLT return to Doha
Robert Moorhead is an Australian engineer who has been in Qatar since 2012. Robert is the QNHG Ramble (Birding) Coordinator and is passionate about the environment and history, is a keen bird watcher, and enjoys running and cricket.
Photos Credit: Pandiyan