Morning began with a meeting with the Chief of the Syrian Desert Commission (more on that later) and a lot of fiddling with vehicles and our ‘shadows’. Our security was upgraded from police to military as we were going close to the Iraqi border.
Drove south from Al-Hassakh and saw some potential Sociable Lapwing habitat, but no birds. Then visited Lake Khatouniyeh, about 5 km from Iraq. Packed with quality birds. See-see Partridge first was a tick for all, which was followed by Desert Larks and three Finsch’s Wheatears, while John and Graham also bagged a couple of Hares legging it across the wadis.
We made a further series of searches of the good looking plover habitat as we headed back north finding 26 Sociables along with 3 Cream Coloured Coursers. Game on.