I went for general birding but I had noted that there was a recent claim of black-headed heron there and I also wanted to see if any black-necked (eared) grebe had arrived. Unfortunately I saw neither yet it was still a good session. i saw 47 species which is probably the highest count in one place for me in Oman.
Last time the big surprise for me was the presence of 25 greater white fronted goose. There were still there but have moved to spend more time on the grass bar between the khawr and the sea.
greater white fronted goose
This wasn't where I started out. That was in the north west corner where there is lots of low cover and birding is usually very interesting.
The startling news is that I observed seven (7) pheasant-tailed jacana which doesn't seem a very shy bird to me.
pheasant-tailed jacana swimming
pheasant-tailed jacana walking on vegetation
Finally having seen these I walked on only to see two more flying in the direction of the others.
pheasant-tailed jacana flying
All this happened around 11.30 am.
northern shoveller and wigeon
Khawr Rori had well over 100 ducks on the water. The dabbling ducks were mostly in the southern seaward end and in the middle while the diving ducks were generally further towards the back in the north west corner.
There were at least ten wigeon. The first one I saw was resting next to a shoveller.
The diving ducks were most tufted duck. However there were at least three ferruginous duck and one common pochard. This became species 202 on my list. That is now all the ducks I am likely to meet down here with the exception of the rare cotton teal also known as cotton pygmy goose.
flamingo and other water birds
Three great cormorant were observed. I have yet to see a Socotra cormorant in Oman though one or two have been reported in the Salalah area this winter.
Despite seeing 47 species, small waders were not present in any numbers. Godwits may well have outnumbered sandpipers.
Otherwise land birds included a late migrating group of 3 blue-cheeked bee-eater, three Arabian wheatear, mobile flocks of Ruepell's weaver and a screaming well hidden group of young Tristram's starling in the canopy of a tree.
A late blue-cheeked bee-eater
After this trip I went home for the rest of the day. I decided that a short trip within the city would be a good idea on Thursday. I'll write about that next.