We continued where we left off in the Raysut area. We moved to the Raysut coast. We rapidly saw two Terek sandpiper. This was another addition to my Oman list making 243 on the Clements count.
two Terek sandpiper
This is an elegant wader which is well liked by many birders.
Other notable birds on the shoreline included oystercatcher.
seven black kite
a black kite in flight
To complete the picture, an Eastern Imperial eagle was sitting in the one tree next to the fence.
While we were watching them six socotra cormorant flew by and landed on rocks.
Next to this rocky coast is a small fishing harbour. We walked along the harbour wall out to sea. In the harbour next to the moored boats were probably hundreds of gulls including at least one Pallas's gull.
A striated heron and a grey heron were observed on boats moored against the sea wall.
After walking the harbour wall there was still plenty of time for more birding. We moved on to Khawr Awqad (also called West Khawr) which is less than two kilometres west.
The khawr had several great cormorant, flamingo and another black necked grebe with the little grebe. There were plenty of waders too mostly in the mangrove area.
However the two highlights were none of these. The first one was a Pallas's gull on the sand bar which separates the khawr from the sea. Indeed it was the only gull on the bar.
The second was a peregrine falcon that flew overhead just as we were leaving.
second view of peregrine falcon
After West Khawr we took a break for a couple of hours and decided to resume at dusk at the Crown Plaza. This is a known place for spotted thick-knee which seems to like the grassed areas and Andrew wanted to see this bird.
white breasted water hen
You can imagine our surprise as the light failed and we walked round the gardens when we came across a white breasted water hen. Suddenly I had species 245 on my Oman list.
second view of white breasted water hen
We retired to the beach bar soon after. The good news is that Andrew found his thick-knee while I was socialising.
Saturday was Andrew's third and last day. We headed out west. I will write about this next.