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Egypt Dahab Day 5

3rd March 2020

There were up to 12 Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse at Bedouins Planet, Dahab including this cracking male

Arrived at Dahab last night and settled into my digs, Blue Divers Hostel, in the center of the city. The following morning I was scanning the shores of Dahab Lagoon, just south of the city, and with the Grey and Kentish Plover were some 9 Greater Sandplover. There were also a single Western Reef Heron and my first ever ‘fuscusLesser black-backed Gull was a single adult with over 200 Slender-billed Gull. Birds were pushed off constantly by so many people walking all over the area including in the lagoon area itself. However, I managed to find a single Short-toed Lark with 2 Isabeline Wheatear on the sand.

Looking down at Dahab Lagoon surrounded by the Red Sea and in the distance, Saudi Arabia

I’ve seen 100s and 100s of Greater Sandplover but the Dahab individuals were my first ones in summer plumage

Western Reef Heron

My first ever race of ‘fuscus‘ Lesser black-backed Gull, was this adult

Short-toed Lark

There were 2 Isabeline Wheatear on the sand

Later in the afternoon I made the short drive to a wadi looking over the city that leads to Bedouin Plant. Here I had amazing views of 12 Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse as they continued to feed while quad bikes and vehicles passed only meters away from them! Otherwise not much else except a single Blackstart, 2 Hooded Wheatear and 16 Brown-necked Raven. Just before dark over the city there were at least 40 Pallid Swift with smaller numbers of Swalow and House Martin hawking in the sky.

Up to 12 Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse showed superbly at very close range inside the wadi

The track leading to Bedouins Planet, where is a cafe, inside the wadi where the sandgrouse were

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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