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Egypt Mantim Jolie Golf Course Day 2

29th Febuary 2020

There were up to 8 Bluethroat in the garden

Jet-lagged this morning and as a result I got up late. After breakfast I got on a bus-taxi and arrived at Peace Park Botanical Gardens at 11.00. The gardens were deserted and seemed as though it was shut down. I wasn’t even sure if I was aloud to go in but a I spoke to a local and he told me that it has closed down but you can go in. In the hour that I was there I saw of note, 8 Bluethroat, 7 Siberian Stonechat, 15 Chiffchaff, 4 Desert Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Meadow and a single Red-throated Pipit. There was a small pine wood on the south side bordering the garden. I stepped in and heard Siskin. In the open 2 Siskin flew around before settling down at of sight in the pines. A scan out into the desert produced 6 Crowned Sandgrouse on the deck and just outside the garden were up to 4 Speckled Warbler.

The closed down Peace Park Botanical Gardens

There were up to 8 Bluethroat in the garden including this individual out in the sun

While this cracker preferred the shade

Male Sardinian Warbler

I managed to get a record shot of the male that was feeding with 5 female Crowned Sandgrouse

Hoopoe were all over the shop

Brown-necked Raven

Male Kestrel

a pair of mating butterfly sp?

Opposite the entrance of the garden just across the highway is the twenty minute walk to the golf course. I was takin a photo of a Greylag Goose, presumed escape, when I was stopped in my tracks. In the time I spent on the course that was the only photo I took because I was told that you can’t use a camera. I understood why and the camera disappeared in the bag. The manager was very helpful and gave me the email address of the owner to ask if I can take photos in future visits while I’m in Sharm. For the first time in 6 or 7 years, I went birding without my camera. It proved very frustrating especially when I had 2 Tawny Pipit only meters away. There are many small pools scattered more or less along the perimeter fence. On these bodies of water were a single Whiskered Tern and small numbers of waders including 12 Black-winged Stilt, 21 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 4 Green and 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover and single Curlew and Snipe. Lots of Hoopoe as expected and there seems to be a movement of hirundines with 150+House Martin, 30 Swallow, 5 Red-rumped Swallow, 10 Rock Martin and 3 Sand Martin. On the biggest pool there were 20 Little Grebe, 8 Coot and a single Slender-billed Gull. It was almost dark when I jumped onto a bus-taxi back to the hotel and passed Hollywood!

This Greylag Goose was the one of two photos I took while at the golf course after being told ‘No Photos taken here!’

the other was this Chiffchaff out of the 35 present in the area

I passed Hollywood on the way back to my hotel Not the Hollywood I remember seeing in California

Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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