Nevertheless the birding was very good and I added another bird to my country list.
In the heat of the afternoon not many locals or birders come up to the Ayn. I think that is why 15 or so Arabian partridge had decided to walk around the picnic area. It was quite a sight when I arrived.
eight Arabian partridge
black crowned tchagra
As is getting usual, I saw another black crowned tchagra. This one was spending time on the ground.
After an hour or so at the top end of the spring looking mostly for grosbecks, I moved into the middle area with its stream and associated trees as well as cattle herd. The song thrush and red-breasted flycatcher which I had seen about three weeks ago were both in almost the same places as before.
dappled sun on a red-breasted flycatcher
I tried really hard to capture a good photo of the flycatcher this time. Last time all I got was a very poor record shot. However once again his movement (it is a he) and the dappled sun shining into the shade looked set to stop me. The flycatcher of course would not move out of the shade.
male red-breasted flycatcher
In the end I got a passable photo although the light was poor.
Abyssinian white eye
adult Bonelli's eagle
I moved further down into the lower end of the spring. My best sighting here was a resting adult Bonelli's eagle.
Bonelli's eagle in flight
Soon after this I decided to give the top end one more go since my car was parked there. As I walked back I picked out a female sunbird which I tentatively think is a Nile Valley Sunbird since these are the only one of the three locally that have any type of yellow wash on the underparts.
At the top end, I still had no luck with the grosbeck but I did pick out a female Eastern Orphean warbler. This could be overlooked among the far more numerous Arabian warbler in the area.
The head alone is enough to identify it. The female has a mid grey head with dark and contrasting ear coverts. Adult Eastern Orphean warbler also have a pale iris but no Arabian warbler does.
One of the grey spots, which are often lighter in winter, is visible in the lower vent area too.
female eastern Orphean warbler
I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas. We have been given the day off here and I am sure I will fit at least some birding in.