UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
||Ten in Salalah and three at Sumhuram but we didn't go to places hosting this species.|
||About fifty migrating birds in Salalah and thirty at Raysut near Salalah.
||Two juveniles in the harbour of Muscat.|
||One in Dubai and three at Al Baleed.|
||Two at Al Baleed.|
||Four at Al Baleed.|
||Common, especially around Sur.|
||One at Al Baleed.|
||Great White Egret
||One bird at the Fish market in Sur, two at Sumhuram and one at Al Baleed.|
|Little Egret||Egretta garzetta
||One bird at Al Baleed.|
||Western Reef Heron
in the Emirates and Oman. Most of the birds I found were in the
dark morph but I may have mistaken some white morphs with all sorts of
||Eighty or so at Sur. Some of the cormorants I saw were too far away to be identified.|
||One at Quiryat and one at Sumhuram.|
||Six adults with two immatures near the beach of Fins.
||Western Marsh Harrier
||One immature flying over our hotel at Salalah Beach.|
||One juvenile flying over Sur. Three in the area around Beit Zarbji (Dhofar), close to Job's Mausoleum.|
||One juvenile at Ain Rasat.|
||Only two, at the Tiwi Oasis.|
||Five seen in Sur.
||One bird on an irrigated lawn at Al Ain.
||Two in Sur.
||One in Sur. There may have been more of that species but I had not
telescope and concentrated above all on the species new to me.
||Three in Sur. There may have been more of that species but I had not telescope and concentrated above all on the species new to me.|
||Lesser Sand Plover
||Charadrius mongolus||Two at least in Sur.|
||Greater Sand Plover
||Charadrius leschenaultii||About ten in Sur.|
||Ten in Sur.
||Two in Sur and one in the harbour of Muscat.
||Five in Sur.|
||Tringa nebularia||One in Sur and one at the Tiwi Oasis.|
||A few in Sur, at the Tiwi Oasis, in the harbour in Muscat, at Salalah Beach and about ten of them at Ain Rasat.
||About fifteen in Sur.|
||Calidris alpina||Four in Sur.|
||Very common at the seaside in Oman.
||Fifty in Dubai, a hundred or so in the harbour of Muscat and common too at Salalah Beach.|
||A few birds in the province of Dhofar.
||About thirty of them at Quiryat and a few in the harbour of Muscat.|
||Heuglin's Gull||Larus heuglini||Numerous.
I saw all sorts of Lesser Black-backed Gulls during our trip which are
now often regarded as full species by many taxonomists. It was
sometimes very difficult to identify them correctly as I didn't have
time enough and had no telescope. The commonest gulls were
Heuglin's and Sooty Gulls.
||One bird at Sumhuram and two at Al Baleed.|
||One bird in Sur.
||Lesser Crested Tern
||Onebird at least at Salalah Beach but I may have mistaken some Swift Terns with Lesser Crested Terns.
||Sterna bergii||One bird in Sur, five at Salalah and two at Salalah Beach.
||Sterna albifrons||One bird at Sumhuram. Saunders's Tern which looks almost the same is much rarer in that area.
||Feral birds in large cities.|
||Collared Dove||Streptopelia decaocto
||Three birds in Dubai and many of them at Hili.
||Laughing Dove||Streptopelia senegalensis||Many of them at the 1000
Nights Camp in the desert, but also common elsewhere. Its song is part of the local atmosphere.
||One bird at Hili and three in Muscat.
||Pale Swift / Forbes-Watson's Swift
||Apus pallidus / Apus berliozi||These
two species are very difficult to distinguish from each other.
About twenty of them in Dubai and one lone bird in Muscat.
||One at Ibra, three in Sur, one near Fins, two at Quiryat and one at Al Baleed. Its colours are just unbelievable.|
||One bird striving to kill an insect in front of the museum in Al Ain. Four on the lawns at the archeological site of Hili.|
||One at Al Baleed.
||Merops orientalis||Three in front of the museum in Al Ain. Four near Fins, 1 at Quiryat and 1 at Taqah.
||One very tame bird in the archeological site of Al Baleed.
||Southern Grey Shrike
||Lanius meridionalis||One bird at the 1000 Nights Camp in the desert and one at Salalah Beach.|
||Very common in the Emirates and Oman. All the birds I saw were of the race zugmayeri, showing much grey on their napes, chests and necks.|
||Brown-necked Raven||Corvus ruficollis||Four flying near the Fort of Jabrin (Oman). One bird was very easy to watch at the 1000 Nights Camp in the desert.|
||Corvus rhipidurus||Thirty in the area of Beit Zarbji (Dhofar), near Job's mausoleum. The
silhouette of this bird with its short tail is striking.
||Pycnonotus (leucogenys) leucotis
||Common both in the Emirates and Oman.|
||Pycnonotus cafer||Slightly less common than the White-eared Bulbul.|
least common bulbul. One at the Mercure Hotel at Al Ain. One at the
spices market in Nizwa, two at the Tiwin oasis, one in Muscat and two at Ain
||Four at the archeological site of Al Baleed.
||Pale Crag Martin
||Ptyonoprogne (fuligula) obsoleta
seen in small numbers flying around buildings even in towns. A
few around the Mercure Hotel at and around the fish market in Sur and
also in Muscat and Ain Rasat.
||Usually in bushes: one at Bahla (Oman), two at Salalah Beach, one at Al Baleed.
||A bird seen on an acacia at the 1000 Nights Camp in the desert. Looks a lot like the Lesser Whitethroat.|
||Common above all in cities, even inside mosques where you will definitely hear its shrill voice.|
||Some at Taqah. Five at Sumhuram, seven at Salalah, three at Beit Zarbji and 1 at Salalah Beach.|
||Black Redstart||Phoenicurus ochruros
||One couple of the race semirufus at the Mercure hotel in Al Ain. Looks a lot like the Common Redstart.|
||Not seen very often. One in Sur and one in the area around Fins.
||Not seen very often. One in Salalah, one at Sumhuram and one à Mirbat, close to the mausoleum of Bin Ali.
||Oenanthe deserti||Rather common, even around houses in the countryside.|
||Not seen very often and only in the south of the country. One at Beit Zarbji in the mountains.
||Cinnyris asiaticus||Several near the museum of Al Ain, and in Muscat. Only in the north of the country.|
||House Sparrow||Passer domesticus
||I didn't pay much attention to that species. Seen in Dubai and Al Ain and even right in the middle of the desert, at the 1000 Nights Camp.
||One at Al Baleed. I saw many nests which were probably built by this bird.|
||Two at Taqah and one at Ain Rasat. In the south of the country.|
||Indian Silverbill||Lonchura malabarica||Three in Dubai and a small flock of seven at the oasis of Tiwi. In the north of the country.|
||One bird seen at the oasis of Tiwi and one at Al Baleed.
||Motacilla alba||A few in Muscat, Salalah and one juvenile bird at Al Ain.
||Two close to the hotel in Sur, not far from the beach and one in the area of Fins.
||One near Job's mausoleum at Beit Zarbji and five at Ain Rasat.|
Other animal species:
Dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius): You will find them everywhere near desert camps but they also roam freely in the mountains near Beit Zarbji (Dhofar).
Gecko sp.: We observed a gecko which might be a Yellow fan-fingered Gecko (Ptyodactylus hasselquistii) on the walls of the Falaj
Daris hotel in Nizwa but it had longer claws than what I have seen on pictures of that species.
Green Turtle: (Chelonia mydas): Two females laying eggs on a beach near Ras Al Jinz and a few very young ones running towards the sea.
Lizard sp.: A small lizard lashing its tails sideways while running at the Fort of Jabrin.
Dung Beetle sp. : One of them was busy pushing its dromedary dung ball at the 1000 Nights Camp in the desert.
Orange-winged Dropwing (Thritemis kirbyi): At the oases of Bani Khaled and Tiwi. The bright red males are just magnificent.
Violet Dropwing (Thritemis annulata): At the oases of Bani Khaled and Tiwi.
Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma): At the oases of Bani Khaled and Tiwi.
Wasp sp.: Large brown wasps with their bellies striped yellow and brown at Bani Khaled and at the 1000 Nights Camp in the desert.