Thursday, April 29, 2010

todays walk along the Nile, May 1st

The Squacco heron, In full breeding plumage
Male and female  not sure which is which.


The little white heron


 blue-cheeked bee eater
The Nile valley sun bird  Male.   3/5/10   Today I called into the restaurant called  Puddle-ducks,  here in Luxor. run by a couple of friends, I hope I am anyway,  excellent food,  if you are in Luxor call in .
 Puddleduck, St Joseph Street, Luxor, Egypt
They live across the river on the west bank of the Nile,   and we got talking about the wildlife as usual,  she was saying never has she seen so many of the Nile valley sun birds, coincidentally  all the following shots where taken on the scrub land next to her house.

Male and female

taking nectar from the mallow flower.

hoopoe bird

Little stint

Not sure what but its  warbler  ? barred warbler sylvia nisoria?????

Ring necked plover

yellow wagtail ( black headed)  fledgling.

Night heron
    There are photos of  70 different species of birds on my blog  all have been taken around the Luxor area,

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rufous bush robin , cercotrichas galactotes

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

male and female sighted  27,4/10

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Honey Buzzard pernis apivorus,

I blogged earlier in the day on
as the day progressed late afternoon a breeze came up and cooled the temperature down somewhat. and I could see it was going to be a time to sit down by the Nile to get a shot of the sunset. got a little more than what I expected as always.
I think this is the Honey Buzzard pernis apivorus, I thought first it was a kite but after watching them ( 3) none made a fan with the tail. not even when fishing I took over 30 shots in the space of 1/2 hour. they were such a joy just to watch especially against the breeze most of the good shots where as if they were hanging in the sky.

Blue-cheeked bee-eater, merops superciliosus.

This was my first sighting of the  blue- cheeked bee eater. I will have to find out where it comes to rest in order to get a decent photo. this  bird is larger than the  little green bee-eater and twice as fast in flight.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

heat and more heat

Its much too hot to go birding , BUT  I will go down to the heronry in a few days to see if I can get some shots of the fledgelings.  yesterday it was 53c  it does not give the true temp on word weather reports.   must not scare the tourists must we?   for the past 2 weeks we have had no break from the sun  (no clouds) only haze in the late afternoon  but that does not stop the heat,   whats the old song    only mad dogs and englishmen By Noel Coward.  Even though this song relates to his time in Saigon. it is so very true of Egypt and is of course hotter but we do not get the humidity.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Mad Dogs and Englishmen
(Noel Coward)

In tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire,
     to tear their clothes off and perspire.
It's one of those rules that the biggest fools obey,
Because the sun is much too sultry and one must avoid
     its ultry-violet ray --
Papalaka-papalaka-papalaka-boo. (Repeat)
Digariga-digariga-digariga-doo. (Repeat)
The natives grieve when the white men leave their huts,
Because they're obviously, absolutely nuts --

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The Japanese don't care to, the Chinese wouldn't dare to,
Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one,
But Englishmen detest a siesta,
In the Philippines there are lovely screens,
     to protect you from the glare,
In the Malay states there are hats like plates,
     which the Britishers won't wear,
At twelve noon the natives swoon, and
     no further work is done -
But Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

It's such a surprise for the Eastern eyes to see,
That though the British are effete,
     they're quite impervious to heat,
When the white man rides, every native hides in glee,
Because the simple creatures hope he will
     impale his solar topee on a tree.
Bolyboly-bolyboly-bolyboly-baa. (Repeat)
Habaninny-habaninny-habaninny-haa. (Repeat)
It seems such a shame that when the English claim the earth
That they give rise to such hilarity and mirth -

Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The toughest Burmese bandit can never understand it.
In Rangoon the heat of noon is just what the natives shun.
They put their scotch or rye down, and lie down.
In the jungle town where the sun beats down,
     to the rage of man or beast,
The English garb of the English sahib merely gets a bit more creased.
In Bangkok, at twelve o'clock, they foam at the mouth and run,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen, go out in the midday sun.
The smallest Malay rabbit deplores this stupid habit.
In Hong Kong, they strike a gong, and fire off a noonday gun.
To reprimand each inmate, who's in late.
In the mangrove swamps where the python romps
     there is peace from twelve till two.
Even caribous lie down and snooze, for there's nothing else to do.
In Bengal, to move at all, is seldom if ever done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. 
While on the subject of famous.  while in the process of this blogspot
I made a cup of tea and sat on the balcony
that overlooks the Luxor temple and the Nile river. and what was passing 
on its passage down river to Aswan the ss Sudan,
more famous for its part as the ss Karnak in  the film Death on the Nile.
This boat is also featured in the blog on nile pollution.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

fishing on the nile
the lazy heron  or clever heron  cought this as it was going into the fish trap  many of these birds get entangled in the fish traps.

feeding time for the fledgling kingfishers,

Ok  where is mine  i want one as big as the night heron.

frogs And cattle egret

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Striated heron (butorides striatus),

i sat for 2 hours on the waters edge of the Nile photographing the Pied Kingfishers  when this Striated heron flew in and landed about 20ft away, it  did not show any fear of me while it came to do what it came for  as soon as it caught its fish it flew off to a safe distance. then came back and landed on a branch with two young kingfishers.


Pied King fishers.

King fishers feeding their young the nesting area is in the  mud bank there are several nests in this one area known as Banana island Luxor Egypt.  this one day I counted 24  in this one area

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rufous bush robin , cercotrichas galactotes

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

I am sorry that my photos are only half the normal size when clicked on. this is due to upload problems now I have deleted google products such as  picasa3  and  motzilla fire fox. so many probs with the software.   its a lot more work now  but thats  nile life. 
Wasp nest  made from mud  this is on the Bank of the Nile river

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

Whoopoe  with food for its chicks hidden away in the top of the papya tree.

Little white egret looks a bit wind swept.

Quite a job landing in the wind.

Still nest building even though most are now sitting some have even hatched,

Doing a spot of fishing

I give up can't fish with you looking on.

Photo log of birds to date

71 birds to date 13/5/10

Latest bird

Blue-cheeked bee-eater, merops superciliosus.

Avadavat (amandava amandava),
Barbary falcon (falco pelegrinoides) ,
Black Headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)27/2/10
Black-winged kite(elanus caeruleus),

Blue-cheeked bee-eater, merops superciliosus. 22/4/10

Bluethroat. Luscinia svecica
Caspian plover Charadrius asiaticus..4.4.10
Cattle egret (bubulcus ibis),
Collared Dove,Streptopelia decaocto 10/1/2010
Clamorous reed warbler , Acrocephalus stentoureus 23/3/10
Collared pratincole, Glareola pratincola 4/4/10
Crag Martin (ptyonoprogne rupestris),
Grey flycatcher Muscicapa striata
crested lark ( galerida cristata),
Common Snipe ,Gallinago gallinago ,23/9/10
Common Tern, (Sterna hirundo) 28/11/09
sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 28/11/09
Common bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus.
Great Cormorant, phalacrocorax carbo.
Cyprus warbler, sylvia melanothotax 8/12/09
fan-tailed cisticola. cisticola juncidis
Ailsbury ducks
Kestrel falco naumanni

Graceful Prinia, Prinia gracilis 19/1/10
Great white egret (Egreta alba) 28/11/09 named" 12/09
Grey Heron (ardea cinerea),
Greylag goose (Anser anser),
Glossy ibis, Plegadis falcinellus4/12/09
Gull-billed tern Sterna nilotica
Hoopoe (upupa epops),
Hooded crow(corvus corvone cornix),
House sparrow (passer domesticus),

Honey Buzzard pernis apivorus,22/4/10
Hume's Tawny Owl. Strix butlery 15/8/2010

Laughing dove , streptopelia senegalensis
Lesser spotted Eagle,Aquila pomarina 19/1/10
Lesser whitethroat,sylvia curruca 18/3/10
Little bittern (Ixorychus minutes), i(1) female Aswan
Little stint, Calidris minuta
Little white egret (Egretta garzetta),
Little green bee-eater (merops orientalis),
marsh sandpiper,Triga stagnatilis,4.4.10
Moorhen (gallinule chlorous),
Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax),
Nile valley sun bird(Anthreptes metallicus
Olivaceous warbler (hippolais pillada),
Olive-tree warbler (hippolais olivetorum),
Pied kingfisher (ceryle rudis), all year
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) 28/11/09
Purple gallinule (porphyrio porphyrio),
Red rumped swallow (hirundo daurica),
Sandpiper (Actitis hytoleucos) 28/11/09

Sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaeus.

Senegal Thick-knee ,Burhinus senegalensis.

ssouthern grey shrike,lanius meridionalis,9/ 2010
Scrub warbler Scotocerca inquita), June
Spur-winged plover (hoplopterus spinosus),
.Streaked Fantail Warbler (Cisticola juncidis)
Squacco Heron(Ardeola ralloides) , may all year
Striated heron (butorides striatus), May
Stork, Ciconia ciconia), August
Temminck's Stint, Calidris temminckii. 4/4/10
Thrush Nightingale,Luscinia luscinia 13/5/10
Turtle dove(stretopelia turtur),
White wagtail ( motacilla alba),
Wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 2/12/09
Willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus...
yellow-billed kite Milvus aegyptius
Yellow wagtail(motacilla flava), sept/
yellow wagtail ( black headed) 1/may 10
Water pipit, Anthus spinoletta.
Whitethroat, Sylvia communis
Wryneck, Jynx torquilla 8/4/10

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