Hanne & Jens Eriksen

Denmark

A day out birding with Saeed Al Shanfari will never be a dull day. His sense of humor is infectious and Saeed knows Salalah and Dhofar as well as any. He is particularly keen on showing off the many owls in the area including Arabian Scops Owl, Arabian Spotted Eagle Owl and Desert Owl (formerly called Hume’s Owl). Also the night-active mammals are Saeed specialties, such as Arabian Wolf, Honey Badger, Indian Porcupine and White Tailed Mongoose. Very few people have seen the Caracal in Oman, but Saeed’s photos are among the best we have ever seen. Saeed also arranges boat trips out to sea with local fishermen at very reasonable prices. Here one can expect to get excellent views of Masked Booby, Persian and Flesh Footed Shearwater, Jouanin’s Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel among several other highly sought after species. We thoroughly recommend hiring Saeed for some excellent birding in southern Oman.

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