Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 20, 2017

The Red Sea

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 6:10 pm

El Quseir Birding

What a horror of a journey getting to the Red Sea. I set off this morning hoping to catch the 10am bus to Hurghada and getting off at Safaga. But no 10am bus. So I went to GoBus and booked a ticket for the 3:30pm VIP bus. Dejected, I went and had a turkish coffee. While in the cafe, I met a guy who said he could get me on a mini-bus to Safaga. So off I went to the mini-bus station. But the first bus would not take me because tourists were not allowed to travel by minibus. But we found another driver and off I went. No hassles, except we went via Al Qusair which is more south than Safaga. So I got off there and found a hotel.

White-eyed Gull  in flight
White-eyed Gull (Larus leucophthalmus) in flight

A flock of these White-eyed Gulls came wheeling towards me when I was on a wharf in the harbour. They flew around in circles for a while until they settled in what appeared to be an old swimming pool.

White-eyed Gull
White-eyed Gull (Larus leucophthalmus)

I hurried up the road, crashed through a cafe and started clicking away at these White-eyed Gull in front of a bunch of yuppies sipping on their lattes. Satisfied after I had shot enough photos, I trudged off past all the yuppies and back through the cafe to the street, triumphant. A new species!

One-legged Common Greenshank
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)

This Common Greenshank had only one shank. It looked like something had bitted one off!

Common Redshank
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)

There were not many waders along the shore. These were the only three there.

Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaulti)

At the end of the day, I found a great hotel on the sea-shore, I went for a walk along the beach, got ripped off, had a super cheap felafel meal and coffee, and I have erratic wifi. Tomorrow I must find a way to get to Marsa Alam. It is the weekend but I managed to book a guest house for a couple of nights. Christmas is coming up – I wonder where I shall spend it? Probably near Hurghada.

Red Sea Bird List

White-eyed Gull (Larus leucophthalmus)
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaulti)


  1. Love your posts, keep them coming, your have seen a huge range of bird species …. and have a great Christmas!

    Comment by Russ Cant — December 21, 2017 @ 7:43 am

  2. Hello russel.
    thanks very much. and you have a great christmas too.


    Comment by admin — December 24, 2017 @ 7:47 am

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