The Sir Bani Yas Island is a sanctuary that has been held in recognition of its actions that have managed to preserve the lives of several endangered species. The reserve houses many species of animal life that thrive in the water, on earth and even in the skies.
The greater flamingo is a stately creature known for its graceful beauty. These birds can most often be spotted around the areas where the mangrove eco-systems are in full bloom. These mangrove areas have become some of the best and most popular feeding spots for many species of birds including the greater flamingo. These birds can weigh up to 4 kilograms and can grow as tall as 127 centimetres. They are indigenous to the regions of Asia, Arabia, Africa as well as the South and North Americas. Surviving on tiny living beings such as crustaceans, plankton and the larvae of flies, it is said that the shrimp which is consumed greatly by the flamingo also gives them the pinkish tinge on their feathers.
The grey crowned crane is another bird found in most dry and arid areas. Their mating rituals have been studied by nature enthusiasts and have been noted to be quite interesting as they display a combination of bowing, dancing and jumping in the process of attracting a partner. They have an easily distinguished loud call similar to the honking of a horn and have been recognized as a species that is endangered with the 70% decrease in their population recently.
The osprey or the sea hawk is also another bird that lives in the sanctuary and is known for hovering briefly over the surface of the water before dashing in abruptly to catch their prey off-guard. If you wish to take up a tour to see the beautiful bird life at the sanctuary many resorts and Sir Bani Yas Island hotels such as the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara and others will be able to provide you with the facilities to enjoy a comfortable and informative trip.
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