Jebel Hafeet - an isolated mountain
amid the red desert sands.
Arabian Partridge - don't get too excited,
not tickable at this location!
Little Green Bee-eater
White-eared Bulbul - twenty years ago this species
was not found in this locality.
A wintering Black Redstart.
The summit of Jebel Hafeet looking north east.
Oman is in the distance.
Drove up the mountain & first call was around the hotel grounds. I lucked in with both Hume's & Hooded Wheatears, both giving excellent views. But not much else.
Egyptian Vultures using the communications tower.
They are fantastic birds when in the air!
Immature bird. Jebel Hafeet acts as a kind of nursery.
Good numbers are seen here, but they don't breed.
Then walked the summit circuit & made stops at regular intervals on the way down. Spent some time photographing Egyptian Vultures & Desert Lark.
Into the desert.
A bit of a surprise amid the dunes!
A haven for waterbirds.
Great Black-headed Gull - taken at 200 x
Called in at Zakkar Pools in mid-afternoon. Lots of waterfowl & waders but nothing special.
A quick drive home & then out on the town again!