On a tour of ancient Egypt it was an unexpected delight to have the opportunity to go bird watching in the upper reaches of the Nile. In earlier days the Nile periodically flooded but since the building of the first dam at Aswan and then the large dam that goes for miles and wiped out the home of the Nubian people flooding is now a thing of the past – it doesn’t happen very often these days. I imagine the tyre is evidence of a water level of the past. The Rock doves, a precursor to the modern pigeon, have taken advantage of the boulder to roost.
Virtually every sitting surface in the Nile at this point had something resting or wading. The pied kingfisher was immediately recognisable as a kingfisher but I doubt he laughs like our kookaburras.
Common gulls and ducks mix together in the shallows.
The common teal duck is not so common to me.
A colony of ducks (not sure of the type) take advantage of a sandy island in the river.
When the birds were too far away to identify the surrounding scenery was spectacular.
Sadly rubbish sits where the Grey heron and other birds search for food.
Another heron sits on a boat.
Are they homes or archaelogical digs?
The desert meets the water. Donkeys graze on the small amount of greenery beside the river. A delightful sight.
A quick wander through the botanical gardens.
Trees I’ve never seen such as the floss silky tree from Argentina.
and a flowers I didn’t have the sense to record their names.
Out to dry.
Some beautifully coloured birds . Does anyone know what they are?
An egret. So many birds in such a short space of river. Wonderful nature.
In response to Patti’s prompt for the lens-artist challenge