Resources & links
Here are some useful resources and links which we hope will whet your appetite and assist you in planning your birding in Qatar and beyond. Please let us know of any items you feel would be of use to Qatar Birds' users.
Qatar: Recent sightings and trip reports
Posted by observers on the external QatarBirding Yahoo Group discussion forum. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/qatarbirding/)
A real-time, online checklist program from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society giving access to global tools for birders and a way to contribute your own records to the global database.
Qatar: Bird and wildlife photography and art
Qatar: Birding locations/sites
Qatar: Weather and tides
Weather, tides, winds
Qatar: Travel and accommodation
Identification, field guides
Birds of the Middle East
2nd Ed, Porter & Aspinall. Helm Field Guides/Princeton Field Guides 2010
Available from Amazon.com.
A Photographic Guide to Birds of Israel and the Middle East
Cottridge & Porter. Ralph Curtis Publishing 2001.
Avalailable from Amazon.com.
Common Birds of Qatar
Eriksen, Hanne, Jens & Gillespie. Frances Gillespie 2011.
Available from Amazon.com.
Qatar Nature Explorer: Plants of Qatar, Birds of Qatar
Written by Frances Gillespie (pub. Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing), this series of six books is for young readers on the flora and fauna of Qatar. Produced in a boxed set in both English and Arabic, the colourfully illustrated books highlight the birds, mammals, marine life, insects and arachnids, plants and reptiles native to Qatar and its surrounding seas. Read the full press release and view the book covers and contents lists.
Newsletters, research, publications and papers
Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia (ABBA) project and The Phoenix newsletter
Observers are urged to contribute records to the ABBA project which collects information on the range and populations of breeding birds throughout Arabia. The project (started in 1984) also collects information on species ecology such as food and feeding, habitats, conservation, climate change, breeding biology and on a host of other subjects.
The project achieved a milestone in 2010 with the publication of the Atlas, at which time 271 species had been recorded breeding in the peninsula (two more have been added since). Data collection has continued since publication. All bird enthusiasts in Arabia or those just visiting, are welcome to take part and make contributions. Each year the project publishes a newsletter, The Phoenix, covering all aspects of ornithology in Arabia.
To know more about the ABBA project, contribute records/survey data or receive a free copy of The Phoenix, contact project coordinator Mike Jennings at Arabianbirds@dsl.pipex.com, tel +44 (0)1487 841733 or write to: Warners Farm House, Warners Drove, Somersham, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3WD, England.) The project website is being restructured, but you can still access the old one at http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/arabian.birds/ (though note the email address on that site is now out of date).
Official journal of
the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME). Contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Podoces is the West & Central Asia Ornithological Journal that publishes biannually with collaboration of WESCA Wildlife Network, Bird Conservation Society of Iran and many ornithologists and bird conservationists in West & Central Asian Region as well as other parts of the world.
Conservation organisations and initiatives
The World's largest partnership of conservation organisations, striving to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, and working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME)
The pre-eminent association collecting, collating and publishing data on all aspects of ornithology in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia region. Offers membership, publications, research, events and more. Assists and encourages local conservation and education.
Qatar Friends of the Environment Centre
Qatar Natural History Group
Founded in November 1978 to bring together people with an interest in the natural history of Qatar and the Gulf. Offers membership, outings/activities, publications and indoor meetings.
Qatar Bird Project
Freely accessible to everyone and preserved for the benefit of future generations, ARKive is an amazing photographic and video record of life on Earth.
Records, birders, forums and blogs
A mailing list to discuss birds and birdwatching in the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia covering research, conservation, bird news, recent records, identification, requests for information and exchange of information. Run by OSME, the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia, to promote birdwatching and the conservation of birds in these regions.
Bahrain Bird Report (http://www.hawar-islands.com/)
Kuwait Ornithological Rarities Committee (KORC) (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Birds Sightings from Kuwait and Arabia (www.birdsofkuwait.com/blog/)
Kuwait Birding by Mike Pope (http://kuwaitbirding.blogspot.com/)
Birds of Oman by Hanne and Jens Eriksen (www.birdsoman.com)
Birds of Saudi Arabia by JEM Babbington (www.birdsofsaudiarabia.com)
Emirate Bird Records Committee (EBRC) (http://www.uaebirding.com/ebrc.html)
UAE Birding by Tommy Pedersen (http://www.uaebirding.com/)