It started as just another hot and humid late August morning but by the time I had returned home on Friday I knew that it had been a rather special day. It wasn't so much that I had seen a good number of returning species it was the fact that I had been able to get some reasonable photographs of species I had not expected so early on in the season. Then there was Saturday had an meeting on Hawar with potential developers, can say openly and honestly I gave them a hard time. I most certainly left them with food for thought. However what made the day worthwhile was our return encounter with a sizeable Socotra Cormorant fishing party there were 10 of thousands moving along the shore close to Durat as we got nearly home. Sadly the camera played up misting lens and lack of space on the dicc didn't help but I did manage a few decent shots.
Bee-eater one of many seen
Citrine Wagtail a real surprise
Yellow Wagtail a good number around
Cream-coloured Courser a regular August species from post-breeding dispersal in Arabia major
Isabelline Wheatear always one of the first back to take up winter residence - many seen
Green Sandpiper and with a couple of Pratincole's in the frame
Green Sandpiper one singled out
Roller finishing a meal
Ruff few seen of what I assume to be several family parties
Rufous Bushchat nice to see one of many summer breeding visitors
a tiny franction of the fishing foray more images to come
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