Wednesday, September 22, 2010

birds along the nile

My thanks go to Anton Perez for help in id of the birds.

Names of some of the wild life in Egypt

The Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) is a small plover.
Adults are 17-19.5 cm in length with a 35–41 cm wingspan. They have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes and a short orange and black bill. The legs are orange and only the outer two toes are slightly webbed, unlike the slightly smaller but otherwise very similar Semipalmated Plover, which has all three toes slightly webbed, and also a marginally narrower breast band; it was in former times included in the present species. Juvenile Ringed Plovers are duller than the adults in colour, with an often incomplete grey-brown breast band, a dark bill and dull yellowish-grey legs.

help in id of this bird please

Avadavat, Amandava amandava

The Red Munia, Red Avadavat or Strawberry Finch (Amandava amandava) is a sparrow-sized bird of the Munia family. It is found in the open fields and grasslands of Egypt and is popular as a cage bird due to the colourful plumage of the males in their breeding season. It breeds in South Asia during the Monsoon season. The species name of amandava and the common name of avadavat are derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat from where these birds were exported into the pet trade in former times.
Common Snipe ,Gallinago gallinago ,
A snipe is any of nearly 50 wading bird species in three genera in the family Scolopacidae. They are characterized by a very long, slender bill and cryptic plumage. The Gallinago snipes have a nearly worldwide distribution,
Red tailed dragonfly, this species has a veriation of 12 and is found all over Egypt,
The dragons and damsel blog has over 30 different species

About half a dozen species of damsel flies occur in Egypt. Called "bluetails," the common species is Ischnura senegalensis, which is found abundantly all over Egypt including the Western Desert, but not in Sinai, The eyes are prominent and the colored tail is distinctive. Their legs catch insect prey in flight.


The making of an egrets nest

The Little white egret (Egretta garzetta),
lots of photos of this Egret on

There are 76 species
I have photos of just in the Luxor Egypt Area,all the birds on here are on my birding in egypt blog, click on the link on the side panel,

just a few Glossy ibis, Plegadis falcinellus straglers this time of year.

in the winter they are here in the hundreds

main food is the abundance of water snails.

Cattle egret (bubulcus ibis), I call it the minder as its always catching the flies on the tied up Animals, donkeys, Cattle water buffalo,

2 herons species in one shot. little white egret and a juvenile squacco heron,Squacco Heron(Ardeola ralloides) the greyish heron is usually around the cruise boats the polluted nile has turned the plumage grey . I did do a blog on the nile pollution but the powers that be told me to take it down;harming the tourist trade is what they said. never mind the enviornment! money comes first. in this police state.

Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), and the little white egret,

Graceful Prinia, Prinia gracilis I see these little beauties almost every time I go on my walks

craw fish

potters wasp.

Black Headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

Lesser Kestrel, Falco naumanni

Striated heron (butorides striatus),

Black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus.

honey buzzard ,Pernis apivoris.

Pied kingfisher (ceryle rudis), ready for the catch these never miss the fish target,
Down in one

Senegal Thick-knee ,Burhinus senegalensis.

These are nesting on one of the government buildings opposite the Nile river near Karnak Temple.

Laughing dove , streptopelia senegalensis

Nile valley sun bird(Anthreptes metallicus

Kestrel falco naumanni. 3 nest 100 yds from my here for link

pied wagtail

The tern I am quite confused with,,, this bird I first said it was the Caspian tern then a follower said it was not!! But now I see it quite close it sure looks like the Caspian . Any way its a tern and its beautiful

and another one has a meal will try and get the name of this wasp?

Oleander Hawk-moth

Brown-and-yellow Flower Beetle
(Pachnoda sinuata)

spiecies i do not know yet


fly having a ride on the praying mantis,Archimantis latistyla

name unknown

Rufous bush robin , cercotrichas galactotes . first sighting 12/4/10 one photo

striated heron

young night heron, same page as striated heron

Just thpought I would put this little pup on its from last December blog on my life living near the nile,


one of my skywatchegypt. blogspot photos
white stork 2 links

cattle egret

common sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper, Tringa glareola

common kestrel, Falco tinnunculus!

yellow-billed kite

little green bee eater.

sedge warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

2 aylsbury ducks and a mix

Purple gallinule (porphyrio porphyrio),

common moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

Gull-billed tern Sterna nilotica

willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus...

grey lag geese common in egypt

chifchaf Phylloscopus collybita,

Laughing dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Grey flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Crested lark , Gelerida cristata.

Cyprus warbler, sylvia melanothotax

Black-winged Kite, Elanus caeruleus.


Ruffs Philomachus pugnax. In the first picture at least a wood sandpiper Tringa glareola

fan-tailed warbler (or zitting cisticole) Cisticola juncidis

Bluethroat. Luscinia svecica male

Even if "white throated", it's also a bluethroat; a female one...

Graceful prinia, prinia gracilis.

Great Cormorant, phalacrocorax carbo.

cormorants and Terns

[IMG_0232.JPG]grey heron

Black winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus

hooded crow,Corvus corone cornix 2 links

Kestrel falco naumanni

nile valley sun birds 2 links

night heron

steppe buzzard

spur-winged plover
spur-winged plover 2 links
crested lark
barn swallow 2 links

Lesser whitethroat,sylvia curruca

Sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaeus

Water pipit, Anthus spinoletta

Tree pipit Anthus trvialis

Wryneck, Jynx torquilla

My first sighting of the Wryneck, Jynx torquilla 8/4/10


little tern

Thrush Nightingale,Luscinia luscinia

different birds in one hours shoot

Little bittern. ixobrychus minutus.

olivacious warbler. hippolais pallida.

Kestrel hunting in the fields

Blue-cheeked bee-eater,merops superciliosus,

Clamorous reed warbler , Acrocephalus stentoureus ?