Abundant Nature in the Upper Reaches of the Nile: Nature: Lens-Artists Challenge


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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.


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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.


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Common gulls and ducks mix together in the shallows.


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The common teal duck is not so common to me.


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A colony of ducks (not sure of the type) take advantage of a sandy island in the river.


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When the birds were too far away to identify the surrounding scenery was spectacular.


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Sadly rubbish sits where the Grey heron and other birds search for food.


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Another heron sits on a boat.


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Are they homes or archaelogical digs?


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The desert meets the water. Donkeys graze on the small amount of greenery beside the river. A delightful sight.


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A quick wander through the botanical gardens.


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Trees I’ve never seen such as the floss silky tree from Argentina.


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and a flowers I didn’t have the sense to record their names.


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Out to dry.


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Some beautifully coloured birds . Does anyone know what they are?


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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

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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17 Responses to Abundant Nature in the Upper Reaches of the Nile: Nature: Lens-Artists Challenge

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Egypt would be the last place I’d expect such an array of beautiful birds Irene! What a terrific surprise

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  2. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Irene. I am also surprised at the wide variety of birds. I especially love your shot of the desert meeting the water. Great contrast!

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  3. V.J. Knutson says:

    Lovely pics. Sad to see the garbage amongst the birds, but I’m finding here in Texas also.

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  4. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered another traveler Egypt who photographed so many birds. What a treat – thank you.

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  5. JoHanna Massey says:

    Similar to other comments, I was surprised at the number og birds to be found in Egypt. Lovely photos. The floss silky tree was certainly interesting. Just a delightful photo/essay of your travels. Thank you, Irene.

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  6. Amy says:

    Thank you so much, Irene for sharing these bird photos in Nile. What a wonderful treat.

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  7. Lovely to catch up with you again, Irene, and get to see some of your Egypt pics. Funny, I never equated bird watching with a trip on the Nile, thinking only of all things pyramids. Makes perfect sense though…love your pics. Thinking of those brightly coloured birds, I have no idea, but they do look similar to our British moorhens and coots in shape and legs 🙂

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