12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three

One of the original Christmas Gifts and primarily from Oman, Frankincense is a ‘must have’ to bring back home after your visit into the country.

Frankincense Tree Dhofar
Frankincense Tree Dhofar

Frankincense is both Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three”

Leopards and Falaj in Oman

The Royal Geographical Society held a couple of events mid-week; the Shackleton photography exhibition and talks by Hadi Al Hikmani and Abdulaziz Al Huseini organised by Nigel Winser.

Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society

With a large crowd , including several Continue reading “Leopards and Falaj in Oman”

12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Twelve

Its New Year and a fitting place to finish the 12 days in Oman to watch the SunRise

Green Turtle Oman at SunRise
Green Turtle Oman at SunRise

over the confluence of the Sea of Oman and Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Twelve”

The Black Birds – Socotra Cormorants in Oman

It was good to take a day at sea and travel up from Khasab to Kumzar in Musandam.

Socotra Cormorants in the Strait  of Hormuz
Socotra Cormorants in the Strait of Hormuz

Scattered all along the coast Continue reading “The Black Birds – Socotra Cormorants in Oman”

ESO Presentation and Field Trip on Oman’s Egyptian Vultures

Oman’s Environmental Society organised a very informative presentation by Maia Sarrouf Willson and Omar Al-Sheikhly.

Maia Willson talks about Vultures
Maia Willson talks about Vultures

The topic was Continue reading “ESO Presentation and Field Trip on Oman’s Egyptian Vultures”

Egyptian Vulture Survey in Oman

We had an enjoyable morning with Waheed Al Fazari (Oman’s Expert on Sooty Falcons  ) , and Dr. Mike McGrady who with Waheed updates this blog http://sootyfalcon.blogspot.com/ ,

Waheed AL Fazari (on the right with the papers for the count) , Dr. Mike McGrady (L) , Dr. Reginald Victor (R)
Waheed AL Fazari (on the right with the papers for the count) , Dr. Mike McGrady (L) , Dr. Reginald Victor (R)

Dr. Reginald Victor  and others on the monthly survey of Egyptian Vulture numbers in a Muscat site.
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Central Coast of Oman with Turtles & Gulls

The Central Coast of Oman is affected by the summer Monsoon and so as Muscat is now not only hot but also humid we took a few days to travel down the coast from Muscat.

Loggerhead Turtle Oman
Loggerhead Turtle Oman

Mid-summer in Oman is also Continue reading “Central Coast of Oman with Turtles & Gulls”

Egyptian Vultures on Masirah Island a talk by Ivaylo Angelov

One of the larger birds in Oman is the Egyptian Vultures. They are also very dramatic with the adults black and white plumage. The ESO is supporting Ivaylo Angelov in a survey of the birds on Masirah Island.

Ivaylo Angelov talking about Egyptian Vultures on Masirah Island
Ivaylo Angelov talking about Egyptian Vultures on Masirah Island

He explained Continue reading “Egyptian Vultures on Masirah Island a talk by Ivaylo Angelov”

Oman’s migratory Birds at Sultan Qaboos University

I attended a conference on ‘Oman as a Gravitational Centre in the Global Flyway Network of Migratory Shorebirds’ .

Jens talks about Eagle Migration
Jens talks about Eagle Migration

This highlighted Continue reading “Oman’s migratory Birds at Sultan Qaboos University”