a tawny pipit
There was a large natural variation in the look of the tawny pipit there but despite my regrets, none could be allocated to any other pipit species.
another tawny pipit
white wagtail in a fodder field
Two steppe eagle were also seen.
After finishing with the edge of the world at about lunchtime, I headed towards al Hayer by a back road through Dirab.
The road passes by a place where 80 black kite were seen roosting from December onwards last winter. However this was the middle of the day yet one black kite was present.
black kite took to the air
I got a text message later in the week from Mansur Al Fahad to say he had seen 3 black kite in the Mansouriyah area. It looks like the group may be back again this winter. It makes me wonder why we didn't see them in the early winter both this year and last.
"fulvescens" greater spotted eagle
Near-by the black kite roost I observed a second fulvescens greater spotted eagle of the year or possibly the same one as seen at Al Hayer 3 weeks before. This is a rare pale morph and I feel privileged to see it.
white throated kingfisher at al Hayer
The visit to al Hayer was very brief. I concentrated on trying to get close to the 100 strong northern lapwing flock which has wintered there for the second year running.
part of the northern lapwing flock
They are incredibly skittish and most of the pivot fields have no cover. Nevertheless I got closer this time because I used the one bush at the edge of the field to walk behind out of their line of sight.
I got close enough to realise there were no odd men out: no golden plover or other lapwings or other any other type of fellow travellers.