Oman is a peaceful, friendly country with strong connections to the UK. It has rapidly become one of the premier birdwatching destinations in the Middle East. The bird diversity is second to none in the region and the country is full of regional specialities.
Along the north coast, magnificent Great Black-headed Gulls sit proud amongst mixed flocks of Steppe and Caspian Gulls. A boat trip will provide close views of dolphins and seabirds such as Persian Shearwater and Red-necked Phalarope. Irrigated grasslands host many migrant and wintering birds, which attract hunting raptors including Pallid and Montagu's Harrier. Small flocks of Sociable Plovers have recently been discovered wintering in the crop fields.
The southern Dhofar region is influenced by the Indian monsoon, resulting in flora and fauna unique in Arabia. The birds here show both African and Arabian influences, with Bruce's Green Pigeon, African Rock Bunting and African Paradise Flycatcher, alongside Arabian Warbler, South Arabian Wheatear and, with luck, Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak. The localised Yemen Serin has become a regular sighting in the mountains here.
From Salalah, one can drive deep into the desert, for a stay at Thumrayt, to seek out the enigmatic Grey Hypocolius, as well as Arabian and Sand Partridge, and African Collared Dove. Small drinking pools attract flocks of sandgrouse including Crowned, Spotted and Lichtenstein's.
Oman is a safe, welcoming country, if anything somewhat old-fashioned in terms of good manners and public behaviour. (text courtesy www.birdholidays.co.uk/)
Grey Hypocolius © Angus Hogg
Showing the 18 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted
Oman: birding the Dhofar Region - 16th - 23rd November 2007, author Michael Cram (link created November 4, 2008)
(approx. 200 species including numerous lifers!)
Oman and the UAE - January 10, 2009 to January 25, 2009, author Phil Gregory (added November 15, 2009)
(Hypocolius, Arabian grosbeak, Oman, Crab Plover)
UAE/Oman February 6th - 21st, 2012 , author Forrest Rowland (added March 29, 2012)
(Hypocolius, Hume's Owl, Golden-winged Grosbeak, Eversmann's Redstart, Plain Leaf Warbler, Sand Partridge, Arabian Partridge, 4 species of Sandgrouse, Hume's Leaf Warbler, Menetrie's Warbler, Variable Wheatear, Hume's Wheatear, Hooded Wheatear, )
Oman: Seawatching at Ras al Hadd, May 2010, author Oscar Campbell (added June 24, 2010)
(Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel, Jouanin's Petrel, Persian Shearwater, Crab Plover, Red-billed Tropicbird, Green Turtle)
Oman - 13th Feb – 7th Mar 2011, author David Marshall (added July 20, 2011)
(Taking the advice of several people, we decided to organise the trip ourselves. We had three weeks fantastic birding at a very reasonable price. )
Musandam and Northern Oman, 4th - 10th January 2005, author Paul Bourdin (added January 28, 2005)
(Red-billed Tropicbird, Masked Booby, Lappet-faced Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Sociable Plover, Namaqua Dove, Oriental Skylark, Buff-bellied Pipit, Eversmann's Redstart)
Oman - December 2016, author Albert Burgas (added January 2, 2017)
(Oman, Verreaux's Eagle, Amur Falcon, Demoiselle Crane, Great Knot, Omani Owl, Desert Tawny Owl, Sykes’s Nightjar, Egyptian Nightjar, Dunn's Lark, Eversmann's Redstart)
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