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Egypt Nuweiba to St Catherine’s Day 7

5th March 2020

My first stop just off the main highway to St Catherines and I got 12 Crowned Sandgrouse including this male

Yesterday I set of towards St Catherine stopping off overnight at Yasmina Camp, just north of Nuweiba. This morning I awoke to the Red Sea only meters from my door and a Short-toed Lark flew north

Just before I left for Nuweiba, I had these 2 cracking Black-headed Wagtail

Looking from the Blue Lagoon, Dahab towards the Sinai Mountains

I started the two hour journey after a healthy breakfast and after 30 minutes pulled over and feeding near to the road were 12 Crowned Sandgrouse and 2 Hooded Wheatear. On an almost empty road, I drove through the amazing Sinai Mountains. Another stop off produced a single Western Morning Wheatear, 2 Fan-tailed Raven and 6 Desert Lark. 7 Black Kite moved north and I finally reached my destination, Bedouin Camp in the city of St Catherine. It’s was early afternoon and the idea was to go and look for the species I was hoping to see, Sinai Rosefinch. However, while eating the homemade veg soup with the tall Sinai Mountains looking from all corners down on the city, I didn’t want to move. For the rest of the afternoon I sat there until the sun had disappeared behind the mountains. I’ll try first thing tomorrow for the rosefinch.

Looking towards the Red Sea on one of the tracks of the main highway

Up to 12 Crowned Sandgrouse were close to the highway

Hooded Wheatear

Eastern Morning Wheatear

The stony desert just before arriving at St Catherine’s

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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