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|Friday 1st February 2008, 12:56||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2005
Crocodile Island, Luxor, Jan 2008
Spent an excellent week ( 23rd to 30th January ) at the Jolieville Hotel . Hastle-free birding in the company of one or two other guests ( cheers , Neil ! ) made this a trip to be recommended , especially if you have non-birding companions. Most of the birds listed were seen daily and all on the island ;
little bittern - female seen twice
striated heron -1 imm seen twice
night heron - 2 fly bys
gull-billed tern - 1 individual
little green bee-eater
african rock martin
swallow - savignii form
red throated pipit - 1 bird
yellow wagtail - including some feldegg
clamorous reed warbler - just 2 seen
orphean warbler - 2 birds
nile valley sunbird
brown-necked raven - 3 fly-overs
Visiting Karnak produced nesting brown-necked raven and rock martin, while a trip to the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut temple produced trumpeter finch and a single hooded wheatear.
Altogether an excellent winter break. Bill Turner.
|Friday 1st February 2008, 17:02||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Roydon, King's Lynn, Norfolk
I would agree with you as a winter's birding break but as a lone woman birder staying here I found the hassle from the Egyptian men unacceptable when I was birding alone at first light.
|Saturday 2nd February 2008, 09:29||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2005
Sad to hear that , Sue. We had no hassle at all while on the island and my wife was happy to stroll around on her own . All the workers and guards were friendly and not overtly looking for reward. Off the island , it was a different matter , but round the resort we felt very safe and comfortable.
|Saturday 2nd February 2008, 12:12||#4|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Heathcote, Warwick
My partner had no problems either. It was a good week, with only a couple of species not seen (Painted Snipe and Blue-cheecked Beeater) that I had seen there previously in the summer. Both species were not on the Island at the time.
|Friday 8th February 2008, 21:03||#5|
I was there over the Millennium new year & thought it an excellent place too.
Found a flock of White-tailed plovers on Croc. Is.
Known to follow bird waves.
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