My persistence finally paid off on Wednesday afternoon. At Jarziz farm there were not one but two of them present.
male Amur falcon
Although I had seen them almost on arrival at the farm I had to wait over an hour before they got in a position to be photographed properly. They spent most of their time with the sun behind them feeding over the long grass.
male Amur falcon 2
Amur falcon mostly fly south of Salalah in autumn over the Indian ocean. However a few can be seen, usually in December.
In spring their flightpath is known to take them further north and larger numbers fly over Salalah. So you can imagine I was beginning to despair that I hadn't seen one despite my efforts.
However I may well have started looking too soon.
male Amur falcon 3
The second bird was a female which actually gave me the best views as I was walking back to the car at the end of the session. It was resting in a tree.
resting female Amur falcon
Earlier I had seen it in flight. Earliest of all, it was the first of the two Amur falcon I saw. There was a dark spot in the distance resting on the pivot bar. I took photos as I walked towards it not knowing if this would be only chance to see one before it left the site.
female Amur falcon
At one stage a few distant shots and views like the one above was all I had.
male lesser kestrel
Like the Amur falcon there were both male and female and often crossed them while flying.
female lesser kestrel in flight
Unlike the Amur falcon, the lesser kestrel were viewed best while perched.
male lesser kestrel
One male (see above) was very confiding.
female lesser kestrel
While I was watching the falcons, they occasionally flew very high. On one occasion, some of the falcons flew high and I noticed up there was a passing oriental honey buzzard. Without the falcons going up I would never have looked.
oriental honey buzzard
Although the picture is blurred, it is recognisably an oriental honey buzzard. I recognised this because because of its six long fingers but bird of prey expert Tom Conzemi added (on birdforum) that the virtual lack of a dark carpal patch is another feature in support of that species rather than European honey buzzard.
Meanwhile, in other parts of the farm, other types of passage continue. Three European roller were observed on the edge of the fields while about 15 common swift joined the local pale crag martin plying for insects especially near the water sprayers.
aucheri (Asian grey shrike)
The resident birds always included chestnut-bellied sandgrouse, singing bushlark, Ruppell's weaver, common myna and African silverbill. I often see Aucheri (Asian grey shrike) as well. Very little attention was given to them this time.