Birding/ Bird watching in Oman

Birding/ Bird watching in Oman


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Wednesday 28th of November 2018 and we left Radisson Blu 6 o´clock and we were soon driving over the mountain on our way to the Wadi Sireen Reserve in the Al Hajar Mountains to look for birds and the very rare Arabian Tahr. And of course, we keep our eye out for other wildlife.

Arabian tahr
he Arabian tahr (Arabitragus jayakari) is a species of tahr native to eastern Arabia. Until recently, it was placed in the genus Hemitragus, but genetic evidence supports its removal to a separate monotypic genus.

The Arabian tahr is the smallest species of tahr. The animal is of stocky build with backward-arching horns in both sexes. Males are much more robust than females. Its coat consists of a long, reddish-brown hair, with a dark stripe running down the back.

Males possess the most impressive manes which extend right down the back and grow longer, based on the age. In the oldest males the muzzle darkens to black and the eye stripes also darken. As with most mountain goats and sheep, it has rubbery hooves to provide balance and traction on the steep, rocky slopes.

Endangered (IUCN 3.1)

Habitat and range

The Arabian tahr lives on steep rocky slopes of Hajar Mountains in the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates, at altitudes of up to 1,800 metres above sea level. It is also found in the area of Jebel Hafeet.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My Guide had to do something so we drove to a gas stop where I changed car and Guide. We continued and we stopped to pick up a Guide for the Wadi Sireen Reserve. We were soon in the mountains and when we reached the end of the road we had to go out and walk.

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
In the Al Hajar Mountains

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
In the Al Hajar Mountains

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
In the Al Hajar Mountains

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
In the Al Hajar Mountains

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Reaching the end of the road

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Reaching the end of the road

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
We have to continue by foot

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
We have to continue by foot

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
We have to continue by foot

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Walking up the mountains

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
We reach a small pool

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
My Guide

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Some serious climbing to continue

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Our special Guide for Wadi Sireen

We walked until we reached some kind of well and we stopped there. To continue would have required some serious climbing on the rocks and I really didn´t want to fall and destroy my camera. So we stopped at the well. There were some birds, White-eared and White-spectacled Bulbul and one bird that I think was a Red-tailed Wheatear.

I also spotted a frog coming towards me between the rocks. Otherwise there was nothing, except the beautiful surroundings and I enjoyed the stay.

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
We sit under the mountain tops

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
A frog coming to have a look at us

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
A frog coming to have a look at us

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
A frog coming to have a look at us

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Red-tailed Wheatear?

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
White-eared Bulbul

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Would have taken me weeks to reach the top

I don´t know for how long I stayed at the well. My Guides left and I stayed behind enjoying the silence. I left after a while and I didn´t see any birds going back to the car.

No birds but an impressive landscape and I enjoyed every minute of it. A little hard to walk on the rocks but I made it back to the car and we could drive back down to go explore other sceneries and Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully some birds.

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Walking back to the car

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Walking back to the car

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Walking back to the car

We leave the area and we´re soon on another dust road going up another mountain. We pass a date plantation and I ask the Guide to stop as I see some birds. I get out of the car trying to get some pictures of the birds, but I have no luck.

I walk around the area trying to get close to some birds when I suddenly hear loud noises. Sounded like a pump or something coming from the plantation. I learned that it was a bird called Grey Francolin. A very scared bird and I only spotted the bird when they took off making a kind of nice sound flapping their wings.

Listen to the Grey Francolin

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder High pass filter applied in Audacity

I have tried for a long time to get a picture of the Grey Francolin but they are very scared. I see 3 birds and when the sense my presence they hide in the bushes. I walk slowly towards the bush trying to get a picture.

We can hear in the recording how I approach and then rattling noises from the bushes and the wing flaps when the bird take off leaving me behind without any picture.


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I get some pictures of some small birds, House Sparrows mostly and we were soon leaving the date plantation continuing up the country on a small dust path.

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
The mountains in the area is green

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
We stop at a date plantation

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
Pared at the date plantation

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
We reach the end of the road

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
White-spectacled Bulbul

Birding/ Bird watching in Wadi Sireen in the Al Hajar Mountains, Oman
We drive down from the mountain again

We decide to go back to Muscat and we drive through a village for the people working in the nature reserve and I ask them to stop when I see some swallows flying around. I get out of the car and I walk around the village. No pictures of the swallow but I get a few pictures of House Sparrows while walking around in the village.

We leave and we stop above another plantation and we spot a few Red-wattled lapwings. I see a few Grey Francolins when I try to sneak up on the Red-wattled Lapwing. There was also a few Indian Rollers sitting on the wire. But no pictures.

I decided that I wanted to check out the area behind the mangroves in Muscat. There is a park, Al-Qurm Natural Park and I want to have a look. So we drove to Al-Qurm Natural Park and the Guide was waiting for me at the parking while I was walking around in the. House crows and Common Mynas everywhere when I entered the park. Of course, plenty of the White-eared Bulbul.

White-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus leucotis, White-cheeked Bulbul

White-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus leucotis, White-cheeked Bulbul
White-eared Bulbul - Al-Qurm Natural Park in Muscat, Oman - 28 November 2018

White-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus leucotis, White-cheeked Bulbul
White-eared Bulbul

Red-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus cafer

Red-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus cafer
Red-vented Bulbul

Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, Drillsnäppa, イソシギ

Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, Drillsnäppa, イソシギ
Common sandpiper

Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, Drillsnäppa, イソシギ
Common sandpiper

Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, Drillsnäppa, イソシギ
Common sandpiper

Walking deeper in to the park approaching the mangrove and I run in to a couple of Common Sandpipers and I managed to come very close to one of them. Pleasant surprise as they are usually very scared. So I was happy when I left the Sandpiper behind walking towards a pond / man-made lake. I see a few Indian Rollers but they got scared and they took off when I came closer

I chased a group of Indian Silverbills without any luck. I spotted a Tern that I could not identify, might ask birdforum for help.

Birding/ Bird watching in Al-Qurm Natural Park in Muscat, Oman
Indian Silverbill

Birding/ Bird watching in Al-Qurm Natural Park in Muscat, Oman
Indian Roller

Birding/ Bird watching in Al-Qurm Natural Park in Muscat, Oman
Unidentified Tern

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv
Great Cormorant

Time turned quickly and I never reached the mangrove before I turned around going back to the gate for the trip back to Radisson Blu. I passed a few Indian Rollers on the way back and I also spotted a few Common Sandpipers and I tried to record the bird call without success.

I meet my Guide that comes to look for me and when we walk back to the car. We are approached by a “reporter” that wanted us for an article, but I turned down his offer and I pointed to two other tourists. They did the photos for the article while I had a look at a Laughing Dove.

Laughing Dove, Spilopelia senegalensis

Birding/ Bird watching in Al-Qurm Natural Park in Muscat, Oman
I stay well clear of any reportage

I have my dinner back at Radisson Blu and I spend the evening looking at my pictures. I booked a car for the airport tomorrow morning to catch my flight to Dubai. I expect to check in at 12 and I expect to start the bird watching one hour later.

Click HERE to find out if I make it to Dubai.

Birding/ Bird watching in Oman



       
                  
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