It's now hard for me to understand why there have only been 38 records in Oman with eight of these at one place and time.
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Then a bird I originally took as a tree pipit came to the water too. Luckily it came to a place unobscured by branches and leaves. I could see it had a broken but thick supercilium, a black spot below the far end of the supercilium, a rusty tinge in front of the eye and a relatively plain olive back.
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It was clearly an olive-backed pipit. Above is a photo of its back which gives it its name.
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The olive back as well as the broken supercilium and rusty area in front of the eye are also well seen in the next photo above.
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The identity of this bird has also been verified by regional experts. It is now the 325th bird on my Oman country list.
At the same place but a few minutes later, a male grey wagtail also appeared for a drink.
Elsewhere in the gardens I spotted a hoopoe and an Isabelline wheatear.
It's landscape has been radically changed over the past month. The local bedouins have changed the course of the surface water so the reeds are dying where it used to run (but they still prove some cover). Instead a very large lake has formed.
Some reeds have started to grow at the front of the new area but most water currently has nothing to stop it forming a lake in the nearest dip in the land. At first I could only see the large number of Eurasian collared dove which have always frequented the site.
However with patience I spotted other birds including a pair of brown-necked raven.
lake at Muntasar
red-necked phalarope 1
After this, I came across a red-necked phalarope. I know it can stop over at inland lakes. However, there haven't been any inland lakes in Dhofar during my two years here until this recent happening!
It seemed flighty but once I stayed still, it eventually chose my part of the lake to land.
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It had been 29 days since I last added to my Oman list. There are no easy birds left now. However, the main passage gives me some more prospects.