Our UAE & Oman birding tour takes us on an Arabian birdwatching and cultural holiday par excellence! There is little that can compare to the industry and mystery of such forward-thinking Arab nations as the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. They exemplify and tout man’s ability to master the harshest of terrain, while maintaining an utterly unique culture and proud history in the process. In the case of these countries, this is accomplished with an ease and grace that has gained the attention and marvel of the entire world. It will be our privilege to enjoy all this as the stage or backdrop for a relaxed, yet nonetheless exciting, birding adventure. While enjoying average daily temperatures of 25-32 Celsius and low humidity, migrant species from throughout the Western Palearctic and Central Asia take advantage of easy foraging and prolific groundwater at farms and oases. Eagles flock to local carcass dumps and waterfowl languish in the Khawrs near the ocean and at freshwater pools in wadis. At no time of year is the Arabian Peninsula more diverse than the early days of spring. From the possibility of Grey Hypocolius, to the wonders of sandgrouse flocking to drink at a remote oasis, fascinating birding experiences abound on this very relaxed and highly recommended tour!
Grey Hypocolius, Pharoah Eagle-Owl, Pallid (Striated) Scops Owl, Egyptian Nightjar, Arabian Partridge, Baillon’s, Spotted and Little Crake, Crab-plover, Great Stone-curlew, Socotra Cormorant, Persian Shearwater, White-cheeked Tern, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, khalba race of Collared Kingfisher, Dunn’s, Bar-tailed, Desert and Bimaculated Lark, Greater Hoopoe-Lark, Eversmann’s (Rufous-backed) Redstart, Sykes’s, Menetries’s and Plain Leaf Warbler, Hume’s, Variable and Red-tailed Wheatear, Trumpeter Finch
Arabian Oryx, Arabian Gazelle
sandy and scrubby desert, coastal shores, lagoons, irrigated fodder fields, wetlands, oases, wooded canyons
mild to hot
moderate pace, undemanding walks
museums, incredible desert scenery, ancient towns & historical monuments, vast camel herds, warm & accommodating people