A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Egypt and the Middle East

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Birds of Egypt and the Middle East by Richard Hoath does a good job at giving you the idea which birds to expect and how common they may be. That is where A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Egypt and the Middle East steps in, helping you to get more realistic expectations. It covers the majority of species that are most commonly seen in Egypt and the countries of the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula, 280 in total. Richard Hoath is a naturalist based in Egypt.

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On Egypt's Pig Cull

Animal Person

I received an e-mail from the well-meaning Wendy at Compassion in World Farming (which I find an odd combination of words) regarding Egypt's pig cull and asking me to send my protest to the Egyptian Government. Do the people who are so upset about the pig cull in Egypt realize that the pig cull happens every day, all around the world? And what is happening to the pigs in Egypt is indeed sickening.

Egypt Begins Slaughtering Pigs to Avoid Swine Flu

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From the NY Times: Egypt has begun forcibly slaughtering the country’s pig herds as a precaution against swine flu, a move that the United Nations described as “a real mistake” and one that is prompting anger among the country’s pig farmers. The Egyptian government has begun slaughtering all of the pigs in the country.

Egypt Kills Thousands of Pigs for No Reason

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The pig you see here being dangled by the leg is still just a baby, and by now he is already dead and thrown away for absolutely no reason, as are the rest of the 300,000 pigs in Egypt. According to the New York Times, “Egypt ordered the pig slaughter even though there hasn’t been a single case of swine flu there and no evidence that pigs have spread the disease.&# Source: NY Times online.

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Migration and More: A Bird News Update

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News Audubon Bahamas California Condor Egypt European Kestrel geolocator Ghana International Bird Rescue logging migration power lines Prothonotary Warbler September 11th Tribute in LightWith fall migration well underway everywhere, it’s a good time to see what’s flying in bird news.

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A holiday in Egypt

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From my poolside viewpoint I can encompass four countries: Egypt where I am and, over the sea, Israel to the far left (there’s a birding mecca of Eilat), Jordan in the middle and finally the endless deserts of Saudi Arabia to the right. These events took place in September 2010, before the Arab Spring, so due to security reasons, someone might ask would I go to Egypt now? Trips Africa Egypt HoopoeEast Sinai – Bay of Aqaba, Taba Resort. Morning.

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Birding St Lucia, South Africa

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Apparently, while in Egypt waiting for a boat to return to Germany he collected specimens of the bird which is now named after him. St Lucia is a small town on the Southeastern coast of South Africa.

Birding Jianfengling, Hainan (A-H)

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On the other hand, neither of them at first glance led a particularly interesting life (not quite true – one traveled to Egypt with Napoleon), which matches well with the rather boring-looking fulvetta.

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Note to Those Wanting Promotion: Pay Attention

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On Egypt's Pig Cull. We bloggers often get e-mails from individuals and organizations in search of promotion. And that's fine, as we all want to spread the news of fantastic work that needs support. Case in point: AnimalEquality. But there are two types of requests that are irksome to me: 1. People I hear from only when they want me to promote them, and I have never asked them to promote me (I'm terrible at that) nor have they ever done it of their own accord.

Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History from Cave Art to Conservation–A Book Review

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There’s the Neolithic era; Ancient Egypt (bird mummies!); Tim Birkhead loves to tell stories.

Birding the Kruger Park (2): Bateleur area

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Ostrich industry in Egypt. Bateleur is a very small camp in the Kruger Park – a bit remote, but worth visiting.


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We saw these birds in Egypt in 1994 and they were just great and Grant saw 5 in Busan, South Korea a few weeks ago, just after I got home to Broome. They had also seen them in Egypt, as my Dad had been working there on our visit in 1994, but this was something special. Hoopoe Upupa Epops With a name like that you would just want to see this bird! It sounds good and it looks good… even a non-birder would be impressed!

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Northern Lapwings in New Jersey – A Before Work Caper

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Back on 14 January Larry and Shari Zirlin were fortunate enough to come across an amazing three Northern Lapwings in a field in New Egypt, New Jersey, while out looking for a pair of reported Sandhill Cranes. I had been wishing I could get to see them but between family and job it just wasn’t working out for me to make the 90-minute ride to New Egypt.

Costa Rica’s Best Birds of Halloween

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Another bird with a mask, albeit one more suited to a party in ancient Egypt or a soiree in the Roaring Twenties. The final days of October are naturally spooky, at least in the north. It gets darker earlier day by day. The Maples and Oaks are in a rush to drop their remaining leaves and “shut down” for several months.

Diving New Zealand – Goat Island

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Diving has taken me to places like Belize, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Egypt, places that coincidentally are fun to bird. In my opinion, if you’re a birder you should diver too. Not because you generally see many birds while diving, although the experience of seeing shearwaters flying underwater while cage diving, as I once did, was one I think most birders would enjoy. But no, the reason I think birders should be divers is because it ticks, figuratively, many of the same boxes.

Senegal Thick-knee

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In the circumstances, my attempts to bring the treasures of Egypt’s birds to a wider audience must have seemed inconsequential and I was ejected from the Cairo Race Track by a steward who had far more pressing worries to deal with. Congratulations and Ululations With an Egyptian wedding at the hotel coinciding with the Eurovision Song contest, I couldn’t resist the sub-title. Apologies to anyone outside Greater Europe, to whom this indulgence probably means nothing at all.

Grifalco: Aglianico del Vulture “Gricos” (2016)

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According to the 13 th -century historian and geographer of Al-Andalus, Ibn Sai’d al-Maghrib’ (1213-1286), the Gyrfalcon was so highly esteemed that the sultan of Egypt was willing to pay 1,000 dinars for birds delivered to him alive – and half that amount even if they were dead upon arrival.

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Aelian’s On The Nature Of Animals: The Classics Can Be Fun!

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Aelian delves into not only the taxonomical (noting that India has the largest peacocks in the world and “green-colored pigeons that, if you did not know better, you would say were parrots&# ) but the sociological (In Egypt, near Lake Moeris… you can see a tomb for a crow&# ) and the theological (recording that Crete has no owls as a special dispensation from Zeus.)

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Birds and People: A Book Review

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And, I’ve passed through the Ancient Egypt exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, where the Ibis is featured on pottery fragments, many times. and also Modern Iraq, Egypt, Albania, Mexico, Poland and the Philippines. It took me a while to wrap my mind around the concept of Birds and People , Mark Cocker and David Tipling’s book that, in 592 pages, explores the intersection of just that—birds and us. I’m not sure why.

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The Bee-eaters of Africa

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In Africa, they are most easily seen along Egypt’s Nile Valley. The eastern form breeds as far away as Kazakhstan, through India and the Middle East into Egypt’s Nile Valley, and migrates southwards to East and South Africa. The wonderful family Meropidae contains 27 dazzling species, of which Africa is endowed with no less than 20 species, the balance occurring across Asia and with one as far afield as Australia.

Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Adam has traveled extensively to all 7 continents, leading tours to numerous countries ranging from Colombia to Egypt, Angola to Papua New Guinea and Antarctica to Alaska. Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears. Better yet, offer up your eyeballs because we have a powerhouse post here that deserves, nay demands your full attention.

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15 Australian Birds (Episode 6)

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Being sacred may not have been that great for the Ibis in Egypt though – apparently, mummies of the Ibis are by far the most common bird mummies found there.

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A Question of Migration

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To investigate whether magnetic cues might enable inexperienced migratory birds to recognize a region where they need to replenish their body fat, we caught and held thrush nightingales (Luscinia luscinia) in Sweden just before their first migration and exposed them to a magnetic field simulating that at a migratory stopover in northern Egypt, before the Sahara Desert.

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A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects: A Review

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The book races through the decades, pausing in ancient Egypt for a tomb painting of three species of geese and a papyrus falcon, in ancient Greece for Lysippe’s bust of Aristotle (the first writer to systematically study birds), in the 15 th century for the Gutenberg printing press, and a brief stop in the Renaissance for Raphael’s painting of the Madonna of the Goldfinch. We love our stuff, stuff being the term affectionately given to the objects with which we populate our lives.

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Tongatapu and ‘Eua; Birding Southern Tonga

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Where a British holiday-maker may get their cheap winter sun in Spain or Egypt and an American might head for Mexico, in New Zealand the islands of the South Pacific have recently been opened up by a network of budget operators for cheap holiday escapes (possibly helped by the large Pacific Islander population living in Auckland and other New Zealand cities needing regular flights home to see families).

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