I enjoyed the long Ashora holiday although I spent more time looking for species than photographing birds I did manage a few decent shots
Friday I picked John Walker up around 7.15, where to go what to see, a Mourning Wheatear was high on his list, in fact top of it. So I headed for the Jebel Dahkan and and what is normally an easy found wintering bird.
They proved elusive, in fact all most impossible to find but at least John was able to claim two firsts; Desert Lark and Redtailed Wheatear. In fact we turned up 4 or 5 Desert Larks and two Redtailed. We walked probed and cruised the area around the Jebel encountering some Falconers hacking a young Perigrine before returning several hours later to the point where we had started only to find a Mourning sitting on his expected perch where it remained for close inpection. A bit distant for a classic photo but nice views were had.
After the Jebel we headed to Hamalah and Buri to find a Bluethroat or two, I had seen several on Thursday at the same location however we failed but John did get close views of Redthroated Pipits at Buri another first for him.
Hacking with a young Peregrine Falcon (an import from Pakistan)
A flurry of Isabelline Shrikes
Pied Wheatear all the same bird
a flurry of Stonechats
An oddball a Whydah
The day started well when accompanied by visiting birding John Walker we were able to locate several hundred Grey Hypocolius first thing in the morning
we moved on to the Hamalah Farm and instantly bumbed into the Spotted Eagle
One nice encounter was with a pair of Avadavats - hidden away in the long grass a devil to photograph
An early afternoon call from Abdulla alerted me to the presence of an eagle at the chicken farm. Fortunately this time around I was able to drop things and head out to the farm where I managed to grab a few closeup images of the bird.
I spent friday morning chasing the ringed Gull at Busaiteen without success - however the outing along with friends John Walker and Simon Wilson did produce a few opportunities for an occassional picture
Sanderling in the center
Western Reef Heron
Greater Sand Plover
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