The first bird I saw was a lone Pied Avocet feeding on a small muddy spit jutting out into the main expanse of water and there is a possibility this area is suitable for breeding for the species as they have attempted to breed in Qbqaiq which has similar but smaller habitat. Other waders that were present with the bird included at least 50 Kentish Plover with many of the males in full breeding plumage. Two Little Stints were also present. Birds of prey included three Western Marsh Harriers and two adult Greater Spotted Eagles.
Kentish Plover (male)
The only duck we saw were five Common Pochards, which is not such a common bird in the Eastern Province and the ones that are present are very timid as they are hunted along with all other species of duck. At least two hunters were present at this site whilst we were there. Other water-birds included seven Great Cormorants, five Little Grebes and a single Squacco Heron. A quick look around the sabkha area produced five Isabelline Wheatears, one male Desert Wheatear, eight White Wagtails and seven Water Pipits.