October meeting: Birdwatching in Oman 21 October 2010

Thursday 21st October

Apologies for those who turned up to Weston Longville Village Hall for a talk on Birds of the Isle of Man. Unfortunately Chris Sharpe was indisposed at the 11th hour but we managed to get Chris Mills, birdwatcher, ringer, photographer and tour guide to talk about a birding trip to Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Chris and a small group of birders (no doubt hardy souls) started their tour in Abu Dhabi in the UAE then crossed into Oman, a haven for migratory birds from both India and Africa. The tour traveled through Al Ain, the Muntasar Oasis, Al Beed, the Dhofar region and the isle of Masira. Lots of non-familiar species were shown. To name but a few, Mourning Wheatear, Ballion’s Crake, Rufous Bushchat, Black Crowned Finchlark, Bee Eater, Rueppells Weaver, Shining Sunbird, Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Hume’s Tawny Owl, and Crab Plover and the very elegant Red Billed Tropicbird.

The full list and details of travelling through this part of the world can be found on the Norfolk Birding website www.norfolkbirding.com

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