second view of song thrush
It wouldn't give me good views but at least it was settled. The picture below is the best I managed on first pass. However I returned to the spot about 20 minutes later having searched the top end of the Ayn. This time it was in a more exposed position and allowed prolonged and excellent views. The two pictures above are from then.
earlier look at song thrush
Unfortunately I lost track of it all too quickly and managed only one poor record shot due to it being into the sun.
Even in this you can see it characteristically dropping its wings.
Both species winter in Oman though in both cases they aren't common in Dhofar.
African paradise flycatcher
The common flycatcher here is, of course, the African paradise flycatcher. This one was a female but a handsome male was near by with an even longer tail than on my last visit.
I wonder just how large the population of Abyssinian white-eye is in the Dhofar hills? It is the probably the common bird of all. Surely there must be many tens of thousands.
An common sight now was a single blue-cheeked bee-eater. It is a late migrant. it has been the last one I have seen and I probably won't see any more until spring.
I went west on Wednesday afternoon and was with two visiting birders from the UAE part of the time. I will blog about this next.