Just before 9am we headed to the main gate but never got there on time. As we were driving along the long drive to it we past a wheatear which had a rusty top to its tail. We decided to reverse the car and try to find it. We did. It is a potential kurdish wheatear and we have been consulting experts before displaying the pictures more widely.
When we finally got to main part of Khawr Rori, it was its usual self with many tens of ducks, waders and other water loving species as including about 10 pheasant-tailed jacana.
For a short while we looks a bit harder than usual at the land birds given our experience with the wheatear finding among others, a tawny pipit.
I am not featuring ducks in this blog as I have posted so many times about them at Khawr Rori. If a common shelduck appears before the winter is out then that will be different!
Cormorant, herons and European spoonbill
whiskered tern with wood sandpiper
There were relatively few marsh tern present. They appeared all to be whiskered tern.
several black-tailed godwit
I tracked as many black-tailed godwit as I could enlisting Andrew's help but neither of us could find the long-billed dowitcher that has been reported twice here and which is known to associate with godwits.
red-knobbed coot (left) Picture by Andrew Bailey
This wasn't the end of Andrew's visit but it is the end of my photographs. After leaving Khawr Rori we made a final stop at Sahnaut farm before dusk where Andrew added 10 more to his 3 day list to make 157. These included ring necked parakeet, pallid harrier, white winged black tern, chestnut bellied sandgrouse and rosy starling.
I look forward to visiting Andrew in the spring in Abu Dhabi and seeing what we manage there.