It was hot and sticky even at that time. Furthermore my one target species was streaked weaver. There are only about six there and this was my fourth trip. I failed to find them. It seems my run of extremely good luck either side of New Year has completely deserted me this spring.
The abundance of black-crowned night heron did little to raise my spirit.
adult black-crowned night heron
There were both juvenile and adult black-crowned night heron present. They often migrate separately.
young black-crowned night heron
The nosiest birds as is often the case were red-wattled lapwing. They are breeding at the moment so one move towards their unseen young ones provokes even more sound.
European collared dove, purple sunbird, graceful prinia and house sparrow are common in the trees and bushes.
European collared dove
As well as large numbers of grey heron, black-winged stilt and a few squacco heron there were other birds. Little grebe were constantly diving in the main water bodies and two whiskered tern were flying over the largest body.
At least two late ducks had lingered. One was a male teal while the other was a female ferruginous duck.
The little green bee-eater sub species in the Muscat area is much duller than the ones in Dhofar.
very young house sparrow
It will take another visit someday to find those weavers.