If you want to see eagles, Mostly Steppe Eagle, up close and personal, then the place to be is a drive through Raysut Tip on the west side of the city of Salalah.
Mush made his ways home north and I flew south to a country I've always wanted to visit, Oman. I love flying but boy was I tired! I slept from Kuwait to a country I stopped off for a two day stay last year, Doha, Qatar, while coming from Thailand on my ways to Palestine. This time it was only a few hours in Doha Airport and I was asleep on the plane before we even left the runway. It was over two hours later that I awoke from the thudd of landing at Salalah Airport in SW Oman. It was 11.00 and the first thing I had to do was pick up my car and then I made a few inquiries of where to stay. I found Jawharet Al Kheir Furnished Apartments for only £5 a night!! Better than a hotel with everything provided. Fridge, cooker, microwave, sofa, I'm looking around the room now, bed, tables and chairs, TV, wifi, shower, bread maker, coffee dispenser, ice cream maker, blender, toaster, 12ft snooker table and not any Ikea rubbish in sight! You think that's cheap staying here, then filling your car cost less than £10!! Water is more expensive than fuel! Anyways, I was gone and that afternoon I slept like an ant.
I couldn't fit the snooker table in the same image I'm afraid Pretty good for only £5 a night!
So Day 2 was on the 3rd December and first thing in the morning, I made the ten minute drive to Raysut Sewage Works. Here there were Greenshank, Black-winged Stilt, 15+Temminck's, 25+Little Stint, 3 Ruff, 10 Wood Sandpiper and a single Spur-winged Plover. Skimming the surface of the gunge were 37 Whiskered Tern and on the shore good numbers of Citrine Wagtail, including what looked like a Grey-headed Wagtail? The only new species was up to 22 Abdim's Stork all perched on railings.
The only new species at the sewage works were 22 Abdim's Stork
There were 37 Whiskered Tern altogether
Citrine Wagtail were buzzing all over the shop!
And not one gull in sight!!
Hanging out at tips can have it's hazards
This is just a small percentage of the sheer scale of how many eagles were hanging in the breeze above the tip and on the deck!
There was only a single Steppe Gull
Shaty Alsyadynm fishing port
Shaty Alsyadynm harbour looking towards Salalah
A warm evening looking back at Shaty Alsyadynm from Bayt Fadil Beach