I headed straight out to Jebel Samhan to try my luck again at finding Verreaux's eagle. Finally, this time my luck was in.
Verreaux's eagle in flight
I chose to bird the edges of Jebel Samhan rather than the plateau. After about 45 minutes wait, this proved a good strategy as an eagle arrived to the fan fair of the fan-tailed raven. They hassled it all the time it was present.
Verreaux's eagle flies away
In this area there were very few other species around. A kestrel shared the airspace with the Verreaux's eagle and fan-tailed raven.
Feeling very happy I stopped off at Tawi Atair sinkhole on the way home. There were plenty of birds including: cinnamon-breasted bunting, palestine sunbird, shining sunbird, African paradise flycatcher, pale crag martin, laughing dove, Tristram's starling and blackstart.
cinnamon-breasted bunting at Tawi Atair
However this time, there was no sign of Yemen serin. Some times I see it and sometimes I don't. It left me to reflect that by living here, I always get a second chance. I knew I would see Verreaux's eagle in the end.
African paradise flycatcher
As I returned to the city just before dusk, I got a phone call from an Australian work colleague. He said he had just seen a galah! at work.
I rerouted my journey straight to work and with last light of the day photographed a galah in a college tree.
galah at work
Of course it must be an escape but Salalah would be a fine habitat for it.
A strange end to a good afternoon.