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                                                              Oman Tourism            Farooq

Tranquility with pleasure by bird watching in Muscat

UAE with its diverse land of Sandy Hills, Rocky Mountains and Crystal Beaches is a heaven for
adventurous tourists. All sort of pleasures like Desert Safari, bird watching; Scuba Diving,
Dolphin Watching, Sand Skiing, Mountains Hiking and Trekking UAE are available to make
visitors feel delightful and excited.

About 500 species of birds have been recognized in Oman. Out of which, some are migratory
birds; some are resident while some are breeding visitors. Migratory birds and breeding visitors
visit the country only at certain times of the year. In Muscat, Indian Rollers, Yellow-Vented
Bulbuls, and the Purple Sunbirds can be seen all the year and it is also one of the best places in
the world to study the Steppe Eagle. The birds that visit the islands to breed in summer comprise
of the Sooty Gull, Cheeked Tern, Bridled Tern and the Reef Heron.

In summer hardly any water can be spared for the ponds and water-level drops considerably,
revealing big muddy areas - ideal for waders. During the winter months when less water is
needed for irrigation, the ponds fill up again. The lagoons have turned into the most interesting
site for birds in the capital area. During the spring months the quantity of birds gradually
decreases as they start to move towards north. Attention now turns to the breeding populations
of Stilts and Lapwings. It is amazing that the eggs can survive, as both species breed in the
hottest time of the year.

Members of the Crake family are usually very rare to see as they have a tendency to hide in
reed-beds and other thick plants during the day. During the autumn months, the number of
Black-Necked Grebes gradually increases at the lagoons. The fact that the numbers build up
gradually indicate that these birds migrate through the area on a regular basis. The Grebes must
just have continued unnoticed before the lagoons came into existence. Now the birds find the
area to their liking and settle in for winter.

From November raptors of several species become more noticeable. On hot days you can see
groups of Steppe Eagles sitting next to each other drinking water from one of the ponds. In
addition to Steppe Eagles, Imperial and Great Spotted Eagles are commonly come across. In mid-
winter ducks are widespread. About ten species are usually seen with Green-Winged Teal being
the most plentiful. Various species of herons frequent the ponds and even White Spoonbill and
Glossy Ibis are frequently recorded.

Arabian Desert is the time-honored motherland of the Bedouin Arabs; nonetheless, various
Bedouin groups have migrated north into the Negev Desert area. Jordan was one of the earliest
lands to be colonized by the Bedouin, and today lots of Bedouin still live there, mostly raising
sheep and goats.

The Bedouin can be divided into two basic social groups. One class is known as the original
Bedouin, and they live as roaming shepherds. The other group has hold farming and is known as
the fellahin. The fellahin lead a more advanced life on the border of the desert. On the contrary,
the original Bedouin have been famous for looting any caravans that come to their paths while
journeying across desolate deserts. They enter upon the desert during the rainy winter seasons
and went backside to the desert's edge during the warm and dry summers. They converse in
Badawi that is generally named as Bedouin Arabic.

Bird watching is one of the several adventurous pleasures of Muscat that make travelers feel
delightful and excited. Arabian Desert is the time-honored motherland of the Bedouin Arabs.
They converse in Badawi that is generally named as Bedouin Arabic.

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