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Presently, there are 2,000 greater flamingos, mostly adults, at Al Wathba Reserve, although their numbers reach 5,000 in winter months.
Population studies and conservation of Greater Flamingos in the Camargue.
The species observed both in 2010 and 2011 were Greater Flamingo, Black-winged Stilt, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Coot, Kentish Plover, Indian Courser, Great Bittern and Little Bittern which constituted about 29% of the total number of species present at the lake.
There are 1,600 Greater Flamingos here and many of them are adult breeding birds.
Apart from a 1922 record of breeding in Kuwait, the only other records of greater flamingo breeding in the Gulf are from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with breeding having taken place twice, in 1993 and 1998/1999, at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, inland from Musaffah, and once at a privately-owned man-made lake near Shahama, in 2007, where breeding may also have taken place in previous years.
Acting centre manager Andy Wooldridge said: "All the Greater Flamingos that are at Martin Mere have been bred and raised in captivity which makes them very friendly and sociable birds, you can get very close and even hand feed them.
Greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber) are an endangered species native to the Atlantic coastal regions of America, the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, and other tropical regions.
In this paper, we examine variation among years in colony size, fledging success, and chick condition at fledging in the Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber roseus) in relation to local hydrological conditions in the Camargue (southern France) to determine whether variation in water levels, through potential decrease in food availability and increased competition between foragers, affects the number of breeding pairs and their breeding success.
Today, around 2,000 Greater flamingos can be spotted residing in Al Wathba, with a high percentage of these being adult breeding birds.
It was strange to see familiar waders - redshank, greenshank and turnstone - feeding amongst pink-backed pelicans, greater flamingos and western reef herons.
In a bid to protect natural wildlife from ongoing development projects that affect the country's environment, the municipality yesterday released 16 Greater Flamingos and 50 Socotra Ccrmorants into Dubai Creek Park.
Abu Dhabi Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi has witnessed the arrival of Greater flamingos for breeding after almost ten years.

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