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Birdlife flocks to a man-made lake in the UAE's desert

Published 10:38 PM ET, Thu March 14, 2013
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A flock of coots take to the water of Lake Zakher in the remote deserts of the UAE. Courtesy Huw Roberts / WildlifeUAE
A brown-necked raven flies over the dunes. This picture, by UAE-based birdwatcher Huw Roberts, is part of his online resource WildlifeUAE, a project to catalog the biological diversity of the country. Courtesy Huw Roberts / WildlifeUAE
Roberts says Lake Zakher, which emerged from the dunes as a result of wastewater dumping, is one of the UAE's best birdwatching spots. CNN
The majestic Bonelli's eagle in full flight. Courtesy Huw Roberts / WildlifeUAE
The squacco heron breeds in southern Europe and the Middle East and winters in Africa. Courtesy Huw Roberts / WildlifeUAE
A flock of teal drawn to the waters of Lake Zakher. Ecologists consider the accidental lake an environmental disaster. Courtesy Huw Roberts / WildlifeUAE
A pair of black-winged stilts on the waters of Lake Zakher. Courtesy Huw Roberts / WildlifeUAE
The red spotted bluethroat stands out from the crowd. Courtesy Huw Roberts / WildlifeUAE
The Baluch ground gecko, on the other hand, blends in to its surroundings. Courtesy Huw Roberts / WildlifeUAE
Desalination plants like this in the UAE are needed to provide the country's water, but authorities want to encourage better use of recycled water and greater water conservation. CNN