Two things worth saying
and if you put them together, this is what it boils down to.
Whilst packing for Oman I was aware that whatever I decided to take, I would probably have to carry. That's a wonderful incentive for packing light.
They say that a camel can smell water. I'm not sure if that's true, but they do have a knack of turning up at camp..
I'm quite proud of our work in Oman, we went really not knowing very much, but it turned out wonderfully in the end. We worked (and are still working) on a lot of projects..
Science is taught in the classroom and practiced in the laboratory. Sometimes you get to have a go in the field. Lab's are sterile, everything goes (almost) to plan
Sometimes science seems boring. It can be difficult to connect the apparently disparate effort in the field, to the long term goals and achievements.
I'm not an avid bird watcher, more an interested observer, but in the space of a few weeks the scientific necessity of identifying and counting what we saw turned from a research theme to an obsession..
As was previously reported, against all our expectations, we have been successful in establishing the presence of Arabian Leopard in a remote part of Dhofar, Oman.
We are now settled on the beach at the mouth of the Wadi and have spent the morning scrambling up the Wadi to make an initial assessment..