Highlights of a fabulous 8 days in Oman in early November 2015 to try to see Sooty Falcon and Crab Plover, with much more besides. We were a little too early for Grey Hypocolius, though we did check out Muddya Oasis; more time at Barr Al Hickman may have produced Great Knot, but time was not on our side. 10-14 days would be ideal to cover most of the country. The north was good, but Dhofar was better, great birds in amazing scenery:
1. Northern coastal strip: Green Bee-eaters, Great Spotted Eagle, waders.
2. Pelagic from Muscat: Sooty Falcon, Jouanin’s Petrel, Persian Shearwater, Sperm Whale.
3. Barr Al Hickman: Crab Plover.
4. Central Desert: Spotted Sandgrouse, Black-crowned Finch Lark.
5. Dhofar, in 4 parts:
(a) waders, Shining Sunbird:
(b) Tristram’s Grackle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Abdim’s Storks, Dideric Cuckoo:
(c) Black-crowned Tchagra, Palestine Sunbird, Verreaux’s Eagle:
(d) Nile Valley Sunbird, Lappet-faced Vulture, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Forbes-Watson’s Swift: