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 and see Socotra Cormorants in Oman.

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

Scattered all along the coast were flocks of Socotra Cormorants who arrive here for the summer before breeding to the west on the islands off the Arabian Gulf coast of Bahrain and Saudi.

Socotra Cormorants off Khasab
Socotra Cormorants off Khasab

Here on an isolated crumbling rock, not far from Kumzar, a number were resting during feeding. Later a vast swarm descended on the sea in pandemonium close to Khasab as the sun was setting.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4