Thursday, December 31, 2009

Egypt Day 2 Birdwatching

Even warmer today, so we took a long walk around the island, one of Egypt’s best birdwatching sites. Within minutes we had seen several kingfishers hovering then diving into the Nile and egrets galore. Round the north end to the east side we saw Squacco Herons and a Black Kite fight off a Kestrel. There are lots of kites on this side of the island. Every 200 yards we’d spot a pair of green bee-eaters. They are a magnificent emerald green with a black horizontal stripe across their eyes. A wagtail was eating ants as they crossed the dirt road in a line,also Grey Herons, Spur-winged Plovers, more Black-shouldered Kites, Swifts, Swallows, Doves, Hoopes, Moorhens, Cootes and Purple gallinules. Now that's a list! Later, while watching the sunset we saw hundreds of geese fly north, following the migratory route that is the Nile.