15/06/2014 at Jahra Pool Reserve and on Boybiyan Island

In the morning I visited with Roeland Bom, who has studied Crab Plovers in Oman, in Jahra Pool Reserve. Our main target Boubiyan Island was to come by midday so we had time in the morning for ordinary birdwatching. Surprisingly we found at least 4 Hypocolius which is very unusual in the mid of June. We managed to see also Cream-coloured Courser which was lifer for Roeland along with Hypocolius so the morning was satisfactory. At midday we med Khaled Alnasrallah and his cousin Nasser Alnasrallah at Subia ready to head to Boubiyan Island by boat. We saw huge colonies of Crab Plovers say several thousand pairs. We managed to see first chicks of the year and study their burrows. The trip was by all means a big success. On our way back Khaled showed us two pelicans which were Dalmatian Pelicans.

Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor)

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Crab Plovers (Dromas ardeola)

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Crab Plover chick

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Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

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Dalmatian Pelican

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