Instead of staying in the car facing into the sun as last time, this time I got out on foot. I sat very still with the cliffs behind me overlooking the pool. This meant the sun was behind me too.
I was very patient. After about thirty minutes a juvenile yellow bittern appeared at the far west end.
first sighting of the yellow bittern
It never left the cover of reeds walking stealthily all the time.
juvenile yellow bittern
stealthy yellow bittern
male ferruginous duck
The pool also yielded my first ferruginous duck in Oman.
bluethroat on the far bank
There was a bluethroat on the far bank too. This was yet another addition to my list making species 192.
rear view of a distant bluethroat
The pool wasn't finished with there. There was an intermediate egret in the shallow end.
Steppe or greater spotted eagle
Overhead I have seen visiting eagles every time I have been there. This time two eagles appeared together but one is proving difficult to identify but eastern Imperial eagle has been ruled out while the other is a near-adult greater spotted eagle.
greater spotted eagle
Finally once again I saw Tristram's starling picking out bugs from the backs of camels.
Tristram's starling on a camel