I was bitterly disappointed when I arrived at Fuwairit to find the whole beach area has been fenced off and that the entrance was locked. I had been planning to drive to the spit at the end of the beach where I was hoping to see flocking Terns and other waders.
Next I went to Al Thakira. There were a few waders on offer, but with the tide still quite low it was not ideal. From there I continued on to the port in Al Khor. There were a few Terns patrolling the harbour on the look-out for any scraps of fish. A short drive from there took me to the beach area opposite the mangroves. There were quite a lot of waders present. Also large numbers of dark and pale morph Western Reef Herons had gathered in the shallows to feed. In amongst these were two Eurasian Spoonbills, which was a nice surprise and added another tick to my Qatar list. I sat and enjoyed watching them preening and feeding for a while.
From there it was back onto the highway and a drive home to the city.