Sunday, August 15, 2010

Who am I?

I am very small I  have not been on this blog before I am not in the birding book  so who am I  PLEASE.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hume's Tawny Owl. Strix butlery

Hume's Tawny Owl.  Strix butlery
 bird no 77.    1.00 in the night I was watching the Greco's doing their nightly  velcro movements on the opposite wall  when the Hume's tried to catch one.  then it perched above me on the next balcony  I rushed in for the camera. and managed to get this shot before it flew off into the night.   sorry I could not get a dcent photo  but I saw it and it was just lovely to watch. . .

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Neglecting my birds

No not really its just that its been too hot here In Luxor for me and for some of the birds,
 I tend to stay indoors   they seem to Hide  as soon as I do go out, its also too hot to sit around waiting hoping the bird  seen will come back . they are also birds I have photos of anyway.  but every time I do go out I see numerous birds  the little white   Squacco  Cattle and Large white Egrets are always here  as is the Plover  Whoopoe,  Sparrows  and the Nile valley sunbird Not forgetting the Laughing doves and kestrels.
the birds I put on here now will be at random and just from the days sightings.starting with this Water buffalo cleaner the Cattle Egret  this Little egret is always in the dry fields especially if the farmer is cutting or turning the fields, it will be near cleaning the land of bugs it is not a water bird. does not seem to like getting its claws wet this shot was taken  5 minutes after the buffalo settled in the water, where it waited on the bank  while its fly attractor settled down. the next shot is  of the donkey   in contentment with its cleaner getting the flies off its face especially around the Eyes  this One was running back and forth mother and baby cleaner. soon the baby will have its own cleaner,
As I said before in past blogs  the Egret can take a fly from the animals eye without touching the skin of the beast.  Here the donkey has a cut on the back leg that is attracting the flies, just watching in a mater of seconds its  picked several flies from the wound.
This is one just for Bob Bushel . its on at full frame  and size. so if you want to download it Bob first click to Enlarge. then right click and,     save image as..

some of the little white egrets prefer to hunt and be on their own.  and give a crow like squawk  when disturbed. Its like!go away with that camera squawk.
Then there are times they will  all go to the fields  these fields  have been flooded for the past 2 months and only have little water as the Nile recedes.  leaving fish trapped in the  murky waters  . the other times they hunt togeher is when the farmer  pumps water ti irugate his fields   fish get sucked up in the pump  and end up in the field thats being watered.



The Squacco and the little white Egret.


Plover  usually they are in Pairs  this one was making out it had a nest  lots of noise trying to get my attention.
usually this means the female is on a nest somewhere nearby.
look as she settles as if nesting.

Graceful prinia is still here and giving the occasional. chase me. see if you can get a good shot.
Whoopoe bird  in full frame. 5 ft away from the camera awkward to adjust if i moved the bird wold fly away
The next frames are of the Juvenile male Nile valley sun bird. it will be another 6 months before he gets his full plumage and long tale.
next frames are the female Nile valley sun bird.
these are very small birds as you can see by the size of the bird next to the wilting mallow flower

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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