Sooty Falcon in Oman

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
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 Continue reading “Sooty Falcon in Oman”

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 (Boswellia sacra) 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”

7 Fantastic Beaches in Oman

Sub-Tropic Oman offers Beach Lovers soft-white sand, warm seas and perhaps best of all many will be deserted, until you arrive.

Bukha Beach
Bukha Beach

In the far north of the Sultanate the small town of Bukha  Continue reading “7 Fantastic Beaches in Oman”

Oman’s famed plants in Dhofar

Within the slopes and valleys of the southern mountains of Oman are an extraordinary variety of flora. They inhabit an environment that can change from wet cloud soaked biome to bone-dry desert in the period of a few days or meters. Grass dominates the mountain upper plateau while the sea-facing slopes are have Anogeissus dhofarica as their dominant plant.
Though many plants catch a visitors interest, four are Continue reading “Oman’s famed plants in Dhofar”

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”