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Bird Watching

Oman is ideally situated for getting a mix of bird life from African, Oriental to Palearctic birds.

Birds habitats in Oman range from the steep fjords of mountainous Musandam in the north, through deserts and vast shores with stands of mangroves, and extensive tidal mudflats and islands (Masirah being the largest) in the east to the afro-tropical forests and brackish Khors (lagoons) of the southern Dhofar province.

Currently we organize birding tours only in Dhofar region. The spectacular Dhofar province has numerous good birding sites; the coastal area for large numbers of coastal and sea birds, the mountain forests for many afro-tropical species and the coastal khors as a haven for water birds and migrant species.

The local farms are also interesting with many species and cultivated areas in the desert on the road between Salalah and Muscat are excellent for some rarities.

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BIRD WATCHING MODULES

Module 1

Jabel Samhan Mountains – Tawi Attir – Wadi Darbat – Khor Rori

We leave the hotel early morning. Passing Taqa, we proceed to Jabel Samhan; one of the most spectacular mountain ranges at a height of 1700m from the sea level. Our next stop Tawi Attir, is famous for one of the world’s largest sink hole known as “Well of Birds”. Throughout the year, different species of birds can be seen in this sight. Dhofar’s wooded valleys, creeks and lush vegetation offer sanctuary to over 186 species of birds. Wadi Derbat is our next station. Birds as well as herds of camels, goats, cattle, lakes, caves and lush green vegetation are the attractions of Wadi Derbat. Our last spot of the day is lagoon Khor Rori at Taqa. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Black necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), Garganey (Anas querquedula) and Gadwall (Anas strepera), Egrets (Egretta sp.), Herons (Ardea sp.) are some of the birds usually seen in this area. Late in the evening, we return to Hotel.

 

Module 2

Khor Dhariz – Ayn Razat – Ayn Hamran

Early Morning we start from the Hotel and reach East Khor at Dhariz. Many winter visitors and passage migrants can be seen in the coastal lagoons of Salalah. Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) and Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) are some examples. Then we proceed to Ayn Razat.  Ayn Razat with its natural spring, caves and the beautiful mountain with thick bush is an ideal spot for birds of gardens, parks and farmlands. Tristram’s Starling (Onychognathus tristramii), Bruce’s Green Pigeon (Treron waalia), Rüppell’s Weaver (Ploceus galbula) are some of the birds usually seen in this area. Thereafter we visit Ayn Hamran which is a good place to watch birds such as Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Blackstart (Cercomela melanura), Palestine Sunbird (Cinnyris osea), or Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala). By evening we reach Khawr Taqa for further birds such as White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus), spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) etc. Return to Hotel in the evening.

 

Module 3

Rysut – Mughsail

We leave Hotel after Breakfast and reach Rysut area for several targeted species; Cotton pygmy goose (Nettapus coromandelianus), Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), Eagles (Aquila sp.), Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra), Shining Sunbird (Cinnyris habessinicus), Arabian Wheatear (Oenanthe lugentoides) and White-breasted White- eye (Zosterops abyssinicus). Continue tour to Mughsail Beach and Lagoon and we will be able to see many coastal and lagoon birds such as Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus), Persian Shearwater (Puffinus persicus) and Sea Gulls (Larus sp.). On the way back visit Ayn Garzis springs, where you can watch more Birds if the time allows. Return to the hotel.

 

Module 4

Al Beed Farms – Qatbit with an overnight

(Salalah – Qatbit: ca. 275km one-way)

Today, we drive with 4×4 Vehicles to Al Beed Farms, Qatbit. Here are several desert birds such as Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis), Desert Lark (Ammomanes deserti), Cream-colored Courser (Cursorius cursor), Spotted- and Crowned- Sandgrouse (Pterocles sp.), and Little Owl (Athene noctua). Then it is on to Qatbit for a sunset walk around the guesthouse garden, for Jacobin Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) and Nile Valley Sunbird (Anthreptes metallicus)plus unusual winter visitors that may be sheltering there, such as Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Blue Rock-thrush (Monticola solitarius), Asian Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana), Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus), Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana), Rose-colored Starling  (Sturnus roseus)and many more. Desert pools outside the guesthouse compound often host Crowned Sandgrouse in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Qatbit.

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