However, as I was getting into the car to start out I heard a screeching noise from over the road from the car park and above the plantation.
It turned out to be one of those lucky moments in birding.
adult male oriental honey buzzard
adult female oriental honey buzzard
They were under heavy moult which is typical of oriental honey buzzard on early migration.
The regional guide describes this bird as a vagrant to Oman and to Saudi Arabia. However several observations in these countries in recent times have cast doubt on this classification.
I doubled checked the identification in BirdForum where there was unanimous agreement on their identity.
After finally leaving the car park, ten minutes later than expected, I headed to East Khawr.
Western reef heron and African sacred ibis
The African sacred ibis has been there on and off for over two months now.
male northern pintail
After a short while at east Khawr, I moved on to Ayn Hamran where I stayed until close to dusk. There are always good sightings there including being one of the best places to see Arabian warbler.
This time were two good highlights there. The first was a black-crowned tchagra which gave me prolonged if obscured views.
second view of black-crowned tchagra
It was seen at the bottom end of the Ayn. I had to walk back to the car at the top end. it was here that I saw the last bird of the evening and it was a good one. There was a pale morph male African paradise flycatcher.
male African paradise flycatcher