Nevertheless since I was passing the khawr, I had to look in. On the first and largest inland pool was a single cotton teal as well as several other ducks.
second view of cotton teal
It was swimming apart from the other ducks but was apparent almost immediately by its small size.
third view of cotton teal
This is yet another Indo-Malay species which comes across to Oman in small numbers to winter.
There were four ferruginous duck too.
Moorhen and coot were of similar numbers to the ducks.
There have been intermediate egret present at Mughsayl on every visit I have made in the past 6 weeks. This time I counted four.
black crowned night heron
I walked to the second pool at the back which had previously provided me with some of my best birds. On the way I met a juvenile black-crowned night heron.
Even from a distance I could see a pheasant-tailed jacana.
Still walking towards the pool, a white wagtail blocked my way.
Mallard and a single gadwell
I didn't stay long at the pool which housed 12 mallard and a few gadwell. The best birds are often hidden in the reeds and take time to view. I didn't have time if I were to go into the wadi.
long billed pipit
In many ways the wadi was a disappointment but it was always going to be speculative birding. The tawny pipit and long billed pipit thinned out as I went further in.
Desert lark became the dominant bird.
Asian desert warbler
Asian desert warbler looking straight ahead
Blackstart and Arabian wheatear were easy to see.
male Arabian wheatear
After almost two hours in the wadi I turned round and birded the smallest and most inland pool on my way out.
striolated bunting drinking
The wadi has a healthy population of striolated bunting. Indeed I would recommend it as the best place to easily find this often difficult species. Most of them can be found close to the pools too.
On the way back to Salalah, I dropped into the Eftelqoot area. I didnt see any cream-coloured courser this time but Arabian partridge were observed again.
I walked into three spotted thick-knee in a shallow wadi there. I have always seen them relatively close to water before but not this time unless you count the sea which is 500 meters away under some very steep cliffs.
Surprisingly I saw very few birds of prey all day. There was a kestrel in the Eftelqoot area and an Eastern Imperial eagle on the main road a little closer to Salalah.
Eastern Imperial eagle