My stop there was short as I still hadn't eaten at all that day. One obvious observation was that the number of white stork had multiplied from 2 to 4 since my last visit.
one of the white stork
Again as is usual in winter this desert farm had many desert wheatear and a much smaller number of Isabelline wheatear.
After leaving Al Beed, I stopped off at the near-by petrol station to buy some breakfast. It is the only station for 100 kilometres in either direction and was very welcome.
desert lark picking
The last stop of the weekend turned out to be fortuitous. I decided to explore the northern slope of the mountain pass between Thumrait and Salalah. I did this by walking part way up the disused road parallel to the main road.
It didn't look like a good choice at first.
male Arabian wheatear
Initially I saw just a male and female Arabian wheatear followed by a sighting a little further away of a young Arabian wheatear sheltered in a rock crevice.
young Arabian wheatear
Then the hills echoed with the sounds and sights of both tristram's starling and fan-tailed raven.
However as I looked up the mountain side I noticed a large group of sand partridge climbing up.
The choice of stopping place had been a good one after all.
male sand partridge
Sand partridge became species 251 on my Oman list.
young sand partridge