Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oman Turtle Release( Red-eared slider) and birds at Qurum Beach.

The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is the most common type of water turtle kept as pets.
Red-eared sliders get their name from the distinctive red patch of skin around their ears. The "slider" part of their name comes from their ability to slide off rocks and logs and into the water quickly.
We found this red-eared slider trying to cross the road near our house a few days back.We were not sure whether it was someone's pet or one who just went astray:)We put it in a bucket of water and tried feeding fish food and tiny bread crumbs but we are not sure it ate anything...

The next day we all set out to Qurum beach to release it...

More friends join in to see the turtle being set free...

Finally we let it out of the bucket...

It must be so happy...freedom at last...

It's immediate reaction is...

and then checks for any danger ...

and starts heading in the direction of the sea...

Arun gets busy click...click..click and the children watch every move it makes...

It goes halfway and then stops and takes a turn and heads towards Arun..we are all SURPRISED!!!

Who knows maybe it just wanted to thank Arun...but it was a touching moment for us when we saw this...

gently Arun lifted him up and put him near the water...

and off it went...and we said our byes!!!We were happy to see it free but a little sad we would be missing it...

We lingered on for a while to se that one one harms it and after a while when we did not see it any longer we left...

This is the beach we would frequent during the winters...a few birds from the past...
The Heuglins Gull.

maybe a word of advice for the Juvenile Heuglins Gull.

A Great Cormorant in flight...

 A Great Blue Heron in flight...

 A few Black-winged Stilts in flight...

 A very beautiful beach...

And finally the sunset at Qurum Beach!!!

Thank you Springman for hosting World Bird Wednesday.To check out for more birds please visit http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/ Enjoy and have a great day!!!


  1. What a beautiful gesture releasing the turtle back into the ocean where he belongs. You are imparting the right example to your children. The series of photographs of the turtle and various birds in flight are awesome !

  2. Hi Shantana, What a lovely post and such a kind and caring thing to do and such a valuable lesson to teach the children compassion and respect for their fellow creatures. Lovely photos of the birds too.

    I somehow missed your wildlife sanctuary posts :-( but have just thoroughly enjoyed catching up with them. What a wonderful place to visit and you saw so many beautiful birds. It's very difficult to pick favourites but I particularly enjoyed seeing the Indian Treepie and the Rufous Woodpecker. It was also lovely to see the family photos, what a lovely family you are and how quickly the children are growing! They will have so many wonderful memories to look back on and I'm sure you have both given them a love of Nature which will remain with them for life...such a very precious gift.

  3. Gorgeous pictures, Shantana. I loved seeing the release of the turtle... Guess that was a bittersweet feeling though.. I'd be sad to see him go yet happy for his freedom.

    Beautiful bird pictures.
    Please take out your Word Verification.. It's so so so hard to read... Thanks!!!

    1. Betsy,Thanks. I never knew I had this word verification in the blog.Am so glad you mentioned it.It's out now!!! and am happy now because I too do not like to go though it:)

  4. Super images of the beach and birds!

    Your turtle reminds me of one we had when I was a child. They were found to harbor diseases so were outlawed back in the 60's (if my memory serves me right).

    I agree that you took the opportunity to teach your children an important lesson. Right on!

  5. Great beach!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  6. Great photos of the beach and birds especially and very good that you could release the little turtle safely.

  7. great photos of the shore and sunset and all the lovely shorebirds. those stilts in flight are really wonderful!

  8. What a beautiful place! Love your gull shots and the cormorant photo is nice, too!

  9. Great photos, love all of them.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful week.

  10. Wonderful series of photos. Love the cute turtle and the Stilts in flight is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

  11. A great series of photos! Funny little turtle saying his goodbyes! Glad he got released.

  12. Beautiful turtle and fantastic shots of the birds in flight! I'm so glad you found the turtle...love the name!! Lovely to see you all in these photos!

  13. Great shots makes this a perfect post for WBW!

  14. Wonderful story of the slider and a lovely series of bird shots!
    Beautiful captures.

  15. a heartwarming story, i love how you documented his reluctant release!!

    your fight captures are pretty amazing!!

  16. Great Black-winged Stilt shots and that blue sky is well, just so blue.

  17. many good shots. My favourites is the stilts, they are soo cool, and the beach of course.

  18. Hooray for the turtle rescue! What a great way to teach your kids. Love all the birds too.

  19. What a great set of pictures.

    Strange as it may seem, but Red Eared Sliders are a pest species here - and you can be fined if you release them into the wild!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  20. Decidedly a very beautiful beach and a lovely story of the little turtle. So nice to see your family as well as the [lace and birds.

  21. A truly beautiful post Shantana. The turtle release was wonderful and the in-flight shot of the Black-winged Stilts is excellent!

  22. These shore birds are all so beautiful, such lovely shares. I also enjoyed the turtle release in your recent post. good job~

  23. Beautiful bird here and nice family outing.

  24. WOW!! What a gorgeous series of images! It must have been lovely to release the turtle and see it returned to it's habitat.
    Stunning shots of the Gulls, Heron, Cormorant & the Black-winged Stilts. And a perfect sunset over the sea to complete your day. It is a lovely beach!

  25. What a wonderful beach, that is a speciality for the turtle, and all those birds, I love the Black-winged Stilts, superb.

  26. What a cute turtle, that's not something I'll see where I live. Great shots!

  27. aww how cute and what a wonderful project! I miss Oman from your pictures, especially those beaches :)

  28. Great images! Beautiful beaches and sunset. Have a great weekend!

  29. wow what a post...and some fantastic pics..the turtle looks so happy :)

  30. Awesome bird photos!!! Love the action shots!!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!! Love to get comments!!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  31. Beautiful birds and beaches, Shantana! I did not know that the slider would like salt water. Maybe he had to think about it for a while.

  32. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.....I have been reading through your blog and I really really like it. The pictures are great. Loved the turtle story and the wonderful beaches. You have created a beautiful blog here and I will be coming back. Please continue to join into the memes.

  33. How wonderful that the kids got to see the turtle's release. Your nature shots are wonderful.

  34. God bless you. Thank you for helping this beautiful turtle. You are great.

  35. Very interesting post that you included a really remarkable kind act of bringing freedom to the turtle.

    The bird shots are fantastic. Wonder where is the place!

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  38. Why did you release a fresh water turtle into the sea? A lake or pond would have been ideal but not the sea. Did you not read up on the red ear slider?