East khawr was packed with members of the heron family including two great white egret.
great white egret
There were at least 12 squacco heron spending most of their time near the sand bank that separates the lagoon from the sea.
There were also two grey heron, one purple heron and a few little egret seen.
However there were some more far interesting members of the heron family present too.
Firstly, the most common family member was actually glossy ibis. I counted over 25.
Four Eurasian spoonbill added more interest but the star sighting was another bird which was associating with them.
African sacred ibis
The most common bird of all at the site was white winged black tern.
white cheeked tern and white winged black tern
Some of these were still in part or all of their summer plumage.
white winged black tern in part summer plumage
Many of the birds were very tame especially the resident birds. This is a sign of minimal disturbance and I have yet to see a gun pellet or hear a gun. However I find that redshank are inherently skittish. I struggled to reach them and photograph them once again.
Sanderling with a kentish plover
The most common wader on the day was actually ruff. Some of the taller grass at the seaward end of the khawr was just their height.
As we returned towards the car we noticed that common sand piper had joined the other waders.
On the sand bar near the car two or three sooty gull joined the Kentish plover.
sooty gull with Kentish plover