Dhofar Oman

Driving south to Salalah from Muscat I enjoyed seeing some of Oman’s summer bird migrants on the coast.

Bruces Green Pigeon Salalah
Bruces Green Pigeon Salalah

Several pairs of Red Billed Tropic Birds and a flock of Crab Plovers were highlights; as always terns were in abundance and an occasional Osprey surveyed from its lookout post.

Grey Headed Kingfisher Dhofar
Grey Headed Kingfisher Dhofar

Once inside the mountain crescent around Salalah I caught sight of a pair of Bruce’s Green Pigeon along with a few African Paradise Flycatchers and Grey Headed Kingfishers.

Empty Quarter
Empty Quarter

It was a different story from that avian abundance when I drove along part of the Rub Al Khali – The Empty Quarter. Empty is a descriptive word but climbing to the crest of a sand dune towards sunset – my shadow cascaded down the dune slope and ahead into a vast expanse of a flat plain – which was almost, but not quite, empty.