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Pharaohs Birds Tour 9th March-16th March 2011

  • The early morning view across the Nile gave many their first Pied Kingfishers and many Little Egrets and Grey Herons were flying along. Spur winged Plover, Hoopoe and White wagtail were soon added...John Miles reports.

Sinai in Egypt 4-18th December 2010

  • We were very much surprised to find rare species like Eastern Imperial Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk.....Jan Landsverk reports.

Aswan (Movenpick) & Abu Simbel, Eygpt 30th November-6th December 2010

  • The back of the Movenpick faces the Botanical Garden on Kitchener’s Island and there are notable flows of birds past the hotel in the morning (must be great on passage)....Graeme Wright reports.

Luxor, Egypt 10-17th November 2010

  • Anne and I spent a wonderful week at Luxor immersed in ancient history, beautiful scenery, fantastic weather and excellent birding. My target species was Nile Valley Sunbird and I couldn’t believe how easy it proved to be, seen daily outside our bungalow....Alan Miller reports.

Egypt (Temples and Birds) 21st April-1st May 2010 a report in .pdf format (2Mb) from Rupert Hafner

Egypt, 6th March - 13th March 2010

  • A country suitable both for the more leisurely tourist/birdwatcher-kind of travelling and for the “WP-birder” who has lots of exclusive species to seek out...Jan Vermeulen reports.

Sinai Peninsula 5th May-10th May 2009

  • White-eyed Gulls were present around the resort area in large numbers with single figures of Sooty Gull. Caspian Terns patrolled the beach whilst waders included summer plumaged Grey Plover and Ringed Plover. Western Reef-Heron were also quite numerous. Laughing Doves were particularly abundant...Steve Baines reports.

Egypt: Dahab, East Sinai Dec. 2-9, 2008

  • A family holiday break brought us to Dahab, a relatively unspoilt town one hour’s drive north of Sharm-el-Sheikh. In terms of active birding I limited myself to a few bicycle trips around town and half a day at Nabq national park, but interesting birds presented themselves....Martijn Voorvelt reports.

Egypt - Sharm el Sheikh and St. Katherine's Monastery 1st-6th Dec 2008

  • This trip was a celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary. Concessions had to be made after our disastrous 10th anniversary 4 day trip in search of Bustards, which nearly ended in divorce....Eric Barnes reports.

Egypt, Nile River Cruise 19 - 26 Mar 07

  • The trip produced the target bird!  A Cruise along the River Nile is an ideal relaxed way to bird watch, whilst keeping the family happy and enjoying the Egyptian historical sites...Mark Easterbrook reports.

Egypt: Nile Valley May 2006

  • Late-May is not the most comfortable time for birding (with temperatures often exceeding 40°C) and relatively few species are present, but it does provide an opportunity to connect with some of the Afrotropical specialities which occur in the summer months...Richard & Erica Klim report.

Egypt Nile Valley, Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel May 1st-8th 2006

  • This was a holiday which we had been trying to build into out work schedules since January, but had been too busy to manage. May is probably getting towards the limit of uncomfortable temperature at some of the historical sites, and I think we were probably a late in the season for many of the migrants...Mike and Eleanor Martin report.

Egypt - Cairo, Luxor and the Red Sea Coast, 18th - 26th March 2006

  • Having visited the country with my girlfriend in July 2005, and experiencing the area around Sharm el Sheikh, it was obvious that the country had a lot more to offer in terms of its birdlife. It was not too difficult to drum up enthusiasm for an early spring trip...Richard Bonser reports

Egypt- Sharm el Sheikh, Na'ama Bay and St. Katherine's Monastery 17th-24th July 2005

  • During July 2005, I spent a week based at the Sonesta Club Resort at Na’ama Bay, Egypt with my girlfriend. Realising that this is potentially not the best month to visit the area, I nevertheless targeted a few species that I knew would be available at this time of year and that I had not seen previously within the Western Palearctic...Richard Bonser reports

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt 31st March – 7th April 2005

  • This report gives details of the birds seen and the sites visited during a week's holiday in Sharm el Sheik, on the Sinai Peninsular in Egpyt. We had visited this area in October 2002 and found it very good for birds during the autumn migration, so I was keen to revisit it in spring to see what it was like then...Bob Swann reprts

Nile Cruise 8th - 15th December 2004

  • This was a normal Nile cruise on a Thomas Cook boat called 'the African Queen' with the historic trips to sites often used to add to the bird list. Extra trips were to Crocodile Island [2] and west bank of the Nile at Aswan. Benefits of this time of the year were temperature [24c - 28c] through the day and the depth of the Nile which is low at this time of the year effecting many of the wintering species.
Rock Thrush

Egypt, El Gouna 8th-20th April 2004

  • This resort is situated 20Km north of Hurghada. It has a golf course which attracts many birds (pipits, larks, wheatears, hoopoes). There is also a tidal creek which has many waders. The best place for waders is behind the Abidos Marina, south of El Gouna. A good place to look for the migration of raptors seems to be the "oasis", a place with trees along the mountains.....Denis Torche reports. (Photo: Rock Thrush)

Trip through the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey) 14 March to 28 April 2004

  • From 14 March to 28 April 2004, we visited the Middle East on a combined culture and birdwatching holiday. We had a great time and many nice observations throughout, and mostly nice weather. From a birding point of view, certain species are missing, that may be found on a pure birdwatching trip...Christoph Haag reports

Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and el Faiyoum Dec 2003

  • The following is an account of birds encountered in and around Cairo and on day trips to Alexandria, Suez and el Faiyoum undertaken when the demands of work permitted in mid December 2003.....Jeremy Gaskel reports.

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Birds of the Middle East
R.F. Porter, S. Christensen, P. Schiermacker-Hansen: Buy from or

  • If your going to this region you must buy this book. It is a great break through. Comprehensive and complete, it eliminates the need to carry too many books in the field: we know how important that is! The text is well written by experts, and many of the plates are fantastic; those by John Gale especially stand out; just dream about those raptors! Birds of the Middle East" is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this region. It covers all the species, including vagrants likely to be seen in the region.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • An excellent field guide covering all of the birds of the region. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators. (and it shows.) Check out the Wheatears and Larks and some of the other difficult to identify birds of Egypt.

The Birds of Egypt
Steven M. Goodman (Editor): Buy from or

  • New information on the birds of Egypt is incorporated in this book with a critical review of earlier knowledge. The species found in the area, both resident and migratory, details of their occurrence, distribution and breeding patterns are surveyed by the authors. The subject is set in its historical context and the long history of Egyptian ornithology, which stretches back to the Predynastic Period (4500-3000 BC), is outlined. The changes in the environment and their effects on the avifauna are considered, together with the effects of hunting and of conservation and protection. Also included are tabulations of official and regional Egyptian bird names. At 80 this is a "heavyweight" book.

Recommended Travel Books for Egypt

Lonely Planet: Egypt
Andrew Humphreys, Siona Jenkins: Buy from or

  • We took this book everywhere! From the suggested sites to visit in each location to the suggestions about how much to pay for a felucca or callesh (and how much baksheesh to give on top of the price), it was informative, accessible and above all accurate.
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