As I said in yesterday's blog, I was alerted on Saturday afternoon that two species I hadn't seen in Oman were present at the Raysut settling pools earlier that day.
I made an instant decision to move on from Khawr Rori where I was birding at the time and to trek the other side of the city. As I was diverting from my plan to go and see a rare bird spotted by someone then this has to be defined as a twitch.
The two birds were spur-winged lapwing and black tern. Unfortunately the flock of spur-winged lapwing had left.
more Abdim's stork
There were many tens of assorted waders and gulls around and in the pools.
greater white fronted goose
Five greater white fronted goose were more surprising.
resting black tern
Finally at the very last and furthest settling pool, I found the black tern. The head pattern and upper parts pattern are perfect for this species.
resting black tern showing dark shoulder
black tern in flight - one
black tern in flight - two
black tern in flight -three
You may recall that another birder had told me they had seen a black tern in the Raysut area back in November. Indeed I had gone looking for it at Raysut treated water lake. That time I didn't manage to photograph it definitely. Seehttp://birdingforalark.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-tern-and-400-storks-at-raysut.html
In another parallel, this tern and that one were accompanied by another tern. Both were whiskered tern. The photos of this one aren't important and I am afraid the rump is over-exposed so the colour isn't clear.
second tern at Raysut
There were only three terns at the whole site.
second view of second tern
These Ruppell's weaver were making use of the little cover there was.
In the end it was worth the 60 kilometre detour and I will be looking again for spur winged lapwing on the western side of the city.