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December 18, 2017

Luxor Bird Watching 1

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Luxor Bird Watching.

Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk along the west bank of the Nile River at Luxor. There are fields along the river growing onions, wheat, eggplants, watercress and lots of juicy vegetables on the fertile soil.

Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)

There were a few waders along the banks of the river but not that many.

Bluethroat
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)

Bluethroat were very numerous between the river bank and the fields and would come very close to me.

Zitting Cisticola
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

Lots of birds were flitting in and out of the fields.

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)

Yellow Wagtail - race beema
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava beema)

I could not get my head around the variety of Yellow Wagtail races. There seem to be many sub-species along the river. Maybe this one is race beema. I am no expert.

Yellow Wagtail - race cinerocapilla
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava cinerocapilla)

This one appears to be Yellow Wagtail, race cinerocapilla. It could also be race pygmaea. Why are they all mixed up together?

Common Ringed Plover
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Common Ringed Plover front on showing how the band is nearly joined.

Red-throated Pipit
Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

Graceful Prinia
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)

This one was a night-mare to identify. The yellowish eye and upward tail sealed it for me. I was thinking Chiffchaff, warbler. Bad photo just for record shot only.

Luxore bird list

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
White Wagtail
Spur-winged Lapwing
Little Egret
Pied Kingfisher
Black-tailed Godwit
Common Coot
Common Hoopoe
Hooded Crow
Ruff
Glossy Ibis
Great Cormorant
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava beema)
Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava cinerocapilla )
Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis)

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