Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at http://www.alandalton.net/
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Saturday, April 09, 2016

East Khawr; Southern Oman; 7th November 2015

Sunrise over the Arabian Sea on our final morning...


Heuglini; Sub Adult type; Note the primaries here are not adult. 

Heuglini; 1st Calendar 

Heuglinin; 4th Calendar plus


Heuglini; 4th Calender plus with 1st Calender bird.



Barabensis; Steppe Gull. Adult tpe

Barabensis; Steppe Gull; Adult type


Barabensis; Steppe Gull; Adult type


Barabensis; Steppe Gull; Adult type


Barabensis; Steppe Gull; Sub Adult type


Barabensis; Steppe Gull; Sub Adult type


 Intermediate Egret; The only bird of the trip was this long stayer at East Khawr...


 Intermediate Egret


 Intermediate egret


 Squacco Heron; Several present at the Khahr, as always...


Squaco Herron





Barabensis; 1st Calendar 


Barabensis; 1st Calendar


Heuglini


Heuglini


Heuglini


Heuglini



Heuglini; Adult Type

Gulls on the beach...


Heuglini preening...


Gulls on the beach..


1st Calender Heuglini in flight.


Heuglini 1st Calender, detail of the underwing can be seen well here in this shot.


Heuglini. 1st Calendar.



Steppe Gull, Sub Adult

1st Calendar


1st Calendar


Steppe and Heuglins Gulls gathered along the beach...


Heuglini; Adult type on the deck.


The last morning we had just a couple of hours to spare and could only have a look at East Khawr. We had mixed feelings about leaving and none of us would have said more to another week's birding. We arrived at the Khawr as the sun was coming over the horizon, it was quite a sight. There was little at the Khawr we had not already seen, though we took it all in. The Intermediate Egret was again present and allowed good photo's on this occasion. We sifted through the ruff and Little Stint flocks, though found nothing odd. Mt thoughts soon turned to the gathering gulls on the beach and I spent my last few hours taking the opportunity to study these and take some photos.
All too quickly we were out of time and after advising some newly arrived birder's on good sites we headed back to the hotel and packed. We checked out shortly aterwards and took a taxi to the Airport, catching a flight back to Mucat late morning. We then got some rest in the B&B, before leaving for the airport. Danny was not joining us, rather flying to Addis Ababa a couple of days later. We said our goodbyes, which was tough and then Wouter and i headed for the airport and flew home.
 This was a simply wonderful birding trip at a quite incredible destination. The birding is first rate, the people friendly and our trip was trouble free throughout. The scenery is breathtaking and there are birds everywhere. Quite simply, as good a destination for a birding trip as one can find and one I would wholeheartedly recommend....
Many thanks to Wouter and Daniel, who were wonderful companions and made a great trip unforgettable....

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