On Saturday I had time to explore the area in some depth.
East Khawr itself had changed its cast once again. The shear number of waders crammed into the bottom end next to the sea was very large. The majority were from two species and one of these was Pacific golden plover.
Two Pacific golden plovers
I counted 80 and yet this was the first time I had seen even one at East Khawr.
Forty Pacific golden plovers and others
Another new bird for the site was curlew sandpiper. I counted five of these.
The long legs are difficult to see in this water. However its more elegant look and its bold supercilium easily separate it from dunlin which can be a confusion species.
note the supercilium
The other wader in big numbers was ruff. Again there were about 80 of these.
juvenile ruff among mature birds
The presumed resident Kentish plover have an explosive increase in wader neighbours at the moment.
flock of garganey
Elsewhere the number of garganey continues to rise.
Eurasian spoonbill and others
What began as a session following a couple of common redshank at the northern end of khawr and then progressed to seeing hundreds of waders at the end near the sea came to an abrupt end.
birds being disturbed
A local with a very large camera lens appeared out of his car and as soon as he took aim, virtually all the birds took flight. Time was passing and I decided not to wait until they settled again. I am just happy my very slow approach and patience allowed me so much time to see the waders at close quarters.
rufous bush robin stretching
The number of rufous bush robin continues to build. They are recorded all winter. I suspect this is an important wintering venue for this species.
rufous bush robin cocking tail
Once again I came across a common whitethroat. It was very thin so I suspect it has just arrived having passed over the Arabian desert. It needs to fatten up before going anywhere else.
thin common whitethroat
However, by way of compensation, on a wire next to one of these fields was a (presumed) wintering European roller.
blue moon (or common eggfly) butterfly
However I need to concentrate on the birds. This area is proving to be very productive and hard work.