They said it was at the far western end of the river. When I arrived the same group of German tourists that moved me on from Ayn Razat were there. It was not ideal for birding. However the tourist group moved on after 20 minutes or so.
I patiently waited but there was no Jacana. It was only when I walked another 300 metres or so east along the river that I noticed it. It had moved position, possibly to be in a place with less disturbance.
First view of pheasant tailed Jacana
This was a lifer for me and I was very pleased that the bird was in the open giving good views. The only Jacana I have seen before was an African Jacana in two African countries. It is called "lily trotter" there. This one likes walking on floating vegetation too.
pheasant tailed Janaca with an itch
another view of pheasant tailed Jacana
The birds of prey are often very interesting at Wadi Darbat. Thursday was no exception.
My first sighting was an Eastern Imperial eagle which was being mobbed by two fan-tailed raven.
Then two Eurasian hobby arrived and perched for a prolonged period on trees about 30 metres apart.
first hobby perched
first hobby stretching
One of the Eurasian hobby flew for a while before returning to perch.
second hobby in flight
The third species of bird of prey seen was a sub-adult Bonelli's eagle.
Bonelli's eagle is locally common here. the most ordinary bird of prey was a kestrel seen as I left the wadi at the end.
western reef heron
There were also grey heron, purple heron, squacco heron and an Indian pond heron present.
Tawi Atair is near wadi Darbat but higher up the mountainside. I went there next on Thursday and finally observed my target bird there. I will blog about that next.