grey headed kingfisher
The walk was my first look at land birds outside the college gardens and although I saw all the same species that were in the gardens, there were several additional birds. Indeed I added 6 to my newly started Omani list.
front view of grey headed kingfisher
The six new ones for me in Oman were African silverbill, crested lark, graceful prinia, common whitethroat, hoopoe and most surprisingly in the city: African paradise flycatcher.
The common whitethroat was the first wintering (or passage) warbler I had seen in Oman though I suspect it will be the first of many. In the meantime, graceful prinia appears to be the main or only resident warbler in the Salalah area.
I always think graceful prinia is amazingly small especially when its tail is discounted. Despite this it is a very noisy bird and I knew it was present by sound long time before seeing the first one.
rear view of graceful prinia
rose ringed parakeet
female shining sunbird
a male shining sunbird
On Friday, a few of my new work colleagues and I visited Wadi Darbat. I managed several hours of birding and the rewards were very good. The next blog will report on that.