Although I hadn't visited the Raysut settling pools for about 3 weeks, little had changed although I had better views of some birds. These included four steppe eagle which allowed close approach.
first steppe eagle
They were all sitting out inside the settling pool fences.
second steppe eagle takes off
Steppe eagle is by far the most common eagle in the area in winter.
second steppe eagle in the air
The Abdim's stork were still present.
An Abdim's stork
Three greater white fronted goose were also still present. Nearly all geese that make it to southern Oman are first winter and most are now showing more adult markings.
two greater white fronted goose
Red-wattled lapwing and a single spur-winged lapwing have also not moved on since my last visit.
two red-wattled lapwing
In the settling pools themselves are plenty of black-headed gull and a few ducks.
A little grebe also dived under on several occasions.
Very soon the passage will start and I wonder what birds will pass through these pools then.