One of the fist birds I noticed was a pheasant-tailed jacana. This is a winter visitor to Salalah but it is apparently an occasional opportunistic summer breeder.
This bird was a good sign.
pheasant-tailed jacana hiding
I am not seeing them anywhere else at the moment. I failed to see them at the other large water body, Khawr Rori on my last trip.
five (out of seven) pheasant-tailed jacana
Three red-knobbed coot were the other exotic birds at the lagoons.
No trip to Raysut lagoons is complete without me scanning for a vagrant African spoonbill but like on every other visit there wasn't one there.
eight Eurasian spoonbill
At the seaward end of the lagoons were however eight Eurasian spoonbill. Nearby several terns were resting. The composition of the terns varies considerably with the season. This time most were little tern and common tern with three lingering gull-billed tern.
young little grebe
The resident birds include little grebe, common moorhen and a few black-winged stilt.
A few waders are lingering. I counted three black-tailed godwit with only one in breeding plumage.
The most numerous wader however was common greenshank.
In winter there are many eagles in the lagoons. At this time of year there are far fewer birds of prey. One osprey was very confiding.
However it was the Bonelli's eagle that caused a commotion on its arrival. Other birds fear this one with good cause especially the grey heron. This eagle is a killing machine.
After the lagoons I moved on to the settling pools before dusk. There were two rarities there. I will blog about this next.