This year it seems to be more prolonged and is going out with a bang. There is more rain in Salalah than usual and the sea is stormy.
With this in mind I visited my new local patch of East Khawr, Salalah on Tuesday afternoon. Visibility was poor with a mist most of the time.
There was at least one species I saw which had been effected by the stormy seas. Two bridled tern were sitting next to the lagoon. Although one flew off almost immediately headed back towards the sea, the other stayed looking absolutely exhausted.
different view of bridled tern
Another new member of the cast at East Khawr was a western reef heron.
western reef heron
different view of western reef heron
four types from the heron family
Other interesting changes since my last visit a few days ago are the departure of the large flock of glossy ibis and the appearance of at least one black winged stilt. The stilt, western reef heron and bridled tern were new additions to my growing Oman list.
Although the glossy ibis had gone, I still managed to see a close group of heron family members from four species (see picture above): African sacred ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, little egret and western reef heron.
distant chestnut-bellied sandgrouse