In a world beaten by the seemingly forever ongoing pandemic, travelling options seemed very limited in the autumn of 2021. However, Oman looked like a safe spot, at least at time of booking the flight tickets, and also a corner of the “Greater Western Palearctic” that I had never been to. So we went, with the prospect of about 10 new lifers for me and great desert and pelagic birding. We also invested a great deal of effort in finding the recently rediscovered and mythical Omani Owl, but fell short in the end. However, we really felt its presence while we were trying. The first 6 photos in this gallery represent some of the most wanted or unique targets on the trip. The rest are uploaded chronologically.