Saturday, January 30, 2010

bee eaters

Been house bound today . one month ago I put a line down to my neighbours flat . every day the bee eaters come on the line and catch whatever they can to eat, they have got used to me now and I can take photos of them without hiding behind anything draped over my balcony but the camera click did worry them a bit so I would get a couple of shots and they would be gone, today however they stayed all morning untill the sun cast a shadow of the building on the line. I am supposed to be packing my stuff ready for moving. watching the birds was a nicer proposition so not much packing has been done today. no worries there is always another day.

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Just wondering if you are going to take any photos of me!!    he was too close to get a shot with the lens I had on so this shot of the male sparrow was taken with my htc mobile camera.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Rare bird found in Afghanistan

 This is worth sharing.  my wife told me about it  so I am passing it on cut and pasted from news posts.
find for yoursef  type in      rare bird afghanistan in your search '

The first known breeding area of one of the world's rarest birds has been found in the remote and rugged Pamir Mountains in war-torn Afghanistan, a New York-based conservation group said Monday.
A researcher with the Wildlife Conservation Society stumbled upon the small, olive-brown large-billed reed warbler in 2008 and taped its distinctive song -- a recording experts now say is probably the first ever. He and colleagues later caught and released 20 of the birds, the largest number ever recorded, the group says.
At the time, however, Robert Timmins, who conducting a survey of aviary communities along the Wakhan and Pamir rivers, thought he was observing a more common warbler species.
But after a visit to a Natural History Museum in Tring in England to examine bird skins, Timmins realized he had something else on his hands.
Lars Svensson, a Swedish expert on the family of reed warblers and familiar with their songs, was the first to suggest that Timmins' tape was likely the first recording of the large-billed reed warbler.
"Practically nothing is known about this species, so this discovery of the breeding area represents a flood of new information on the large-billed reed warbler," said Colin Poole, executive director of group's Asia Program. "This new knowledge of the bird also indicates that the Wakhan Corridor still holds biological secrets and is critically important for future conservation efforts in Afghanistan."
Researchers returned to the site of Timmins' first survey in 2009, armed with mist nets used to catch birds for examination. The research team broadcast the recording of the song, which brought in large-billed reed warblers from all directions, allowing the team to catch 20 of them for examination and to collect feathers for DNA.
Lab work comparing museum specimens with measurements, field images, and DNA confirmed the find: the first-known breeding population of large-billed reed warblers.
"This is great news from a little-known species from a remote part of the world and suggests that there may be more discoveries to be made here," said Mike Evans, an expert on birds in the region for BirdLife. He did not take part in the discovery.
Researchers are hoping the discovery sheds light on the bird, which U.K-based Birdlife International in 2007 called one of the world's rarest. The first specimen was discovered in India in 1867, with more than a century elapsing before a single bird was found in Thailand in 2006.
But the announcement of the discovery of a home to the large-billed reed warbler came the same day Taliban militants launched an assault the Afghan capital, underscoring the challenges of doing conservation work in the country.
The bird was discovered in the Pamir Mountains, a sparsely populated region near China that has been relatively peaceful. It is, however, difficult to access -- part of the reason the breeding site is only now being discovered.
WCS is the only conservation group doing scientific studies in Afghanistan. It has been involved in helping set up the first national park, Band-e-Amir, in central Afghanistan as well as working with the government to create the first-ever list of protected species.
A preliminary paper on the finding appears in the most recent edition of BirdingASIA, the magazine of the Oriental Bird Club.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Feathered friends

Mr = Mrs Hooded crow  have started to build a nest in the palm tree
 And I will miss their antics as I have a new flat in Luxor  see the

Todays Bee eaters are on  
and again I will surely miss watching the birds from my Balcony  but that is life  Must not stand in the way of modernization. like me the birds will find another place to stay.
 unlike me they are not lied to by so called human  friends. 

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Bee eaters,Sparrows & doves and a Daddy long legs

These birds live quite happily together one reason being the eat different food
 the bee eaters eat all kinds of flying insects,   the sparrows an doves eat seeds  etc.

As soon as I sit on the balcony with a cup of tea along comes my poser
he loves having his photo taken all the others will only let me take photos from about 20 ft away.
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This photo is taken from 18" in Macro. 

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This Daddy long legs lived under my wardrobe  not sure if its dead did  not seem to have any life  about it
as it got sucked up in the cleaner. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lesser Kestrel,Falco naumanni

Realy am not sure if this is the Lesser Kestrel,Falco naumanni.
Will have to try and get a photo of its claws  there was 4 birds in this group  Quite close to my flat.
the more I look at my photos the surer I am its the Lesser Kestrel.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Maged George Elias Ghattas

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Thursday, January 14, 2010


 Laughing dove  in  full plumage this is one of the doves born and hand raised on my roof 2008 she had a narrow escape as you can see one toe is missing, this was done by one of the hooded crows .there  was Another one around with all its claws taken  not seen her about for a while.

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