Oman is a destination for migratory birds during Spring and Autumn. Some pass through, others like White Storks and Steppe Eagles overwinter in Oman using it as a food larder and return to breeding grounds to the north. But there are some that come to Oman and breed, and included in these are the Sooty Falcon, Falco concolor.
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor – Oman
The Sooty Falcon is a medium-sized falcon with, as its name suggests, a colour that is a shade of grey, perhaps
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With its long coastline Oman has numerous coast creeks and bays which are important resources for sea life and birds.
Al Qurum Cormorants Oman
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With so many migrating birds in Oman over the holidays ,
Steppe Eagle Oman
the eighth day
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Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), part of the trinity of gifts,
was an ingredient used
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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 is both
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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
With a large crowd , including several
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Sub-Tropic Oman offers Beach Lovers soft-white sand, warm seas and perhaps best of all many will be deserted, until you arrive.
In the far north of the Sultanate the small town of Bukha
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Its New Year and a fitting place to finish the 12 days in Oman to watch the SunRise
Green Turtle Oman at SunRise
over the confluence of the Sea of Oman and
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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
Scattered all along the coast
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Oman’s Environmental Society organised a very informative presentation by
Maia Sarrouf Willson and Omar Al-Sheikhly.
Maia Willson talks about Vultures
The topic was
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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
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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Each winter Oman receives 1000s of migratory birds.
Amongst the more
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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
Mid-summer in Oman is also
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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
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I attended a conference on ‘Oman as a Gravitational Centre in the Global Flyway Network of Migratory Shorebirds’ .
Jens talks about Eagle Migration
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