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LUXOR EGYPT

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a foal in training,
more on the Luxor lunatic fringe on the  nilecruise.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/egypt-health-and-safety/

amazing, the hot maze man, or corn on the cob seller

MONITOR LIZARD ITS ABOUT 18" IN LENGTH

WASP” IT LOOKS SIMILAR TO A POTTERS WASP  SAME MARKINGS AND COLOUR  BUT ITS ONLY  1/3RD OF THE SIZE.

fishing on the NILE IN LUXOR

HONEY BUZZARD WAY UP ON THE THERMALS

AN OILY SCENE ON THE NILE IN LUXOR

Hooded crow(corvus corvone cornix),

PINK HOLLYHOCK

LAUGHING DOVE STRANGE PLACE TO PERCH

SCENE OF TOMORROWS WALK  ON THE WEST BANK OF THE NILE SHALL BE SETTING OFF AT 5.00 NEAR THE BLUE PUMPING STATION IN THE MARKED AREA  IS A MOUND OF EARTH,  LAST YEAR THE LITTLE GREEN BEE-EATER MADE A NEST,  THE AREA BEHIND IS THE WETLANDS WHERE MOST OF FEBRUARY PHOTOS OF THE IBIS WERE TAKEN,

GO TO THIS BLOG TO SEE THE AREA  ON LOW NILE.http://nilelife5.blogspot.com/2010/12/boats-and-garbage.html

Common Water Hyacinth (E. crassipes)

 In 2010 the insect Megamelus scutellaris was released by the Agricultural Research Service as a biological control for the invasive species Eichhornia crassipes, more commonly known as waterhyacinth.

In 2010 the insect Megamelus scutellaris was released by the Agricultural Research Service as a biological control for the invasive species Eichhornia crassipes, more commonly known as waterhyacinth.

Botanists and gardeners carry plants with them in their travels, and experts suspect that this is how the water hyacinth came to East Africa in the 1980s. Its flowers are beautiful; it was probably brought over as an ornamental for garden ponds (United Nations News, 2000[1]). The consensus is that Water Hyacinth entered Lake Victoria from Rwanda via the river Kagera (Ambrose 1997[2]). The exact time and place of introduction has been debated, but the plant is native to South America, and therefore reached Lake Victoria due to human activity. It has spread prolifically, due to lack of natural enemies, an abundance of space, agreeable temperature conditions, and abundant nutrients (Opande et al., 2004[3]). It increased rapidly between 1992–1998, was greatly reduced by 2001, and has since resurged to a lesser degree. Management techniques include (hyacinth-eating) insect controls and manual beach cleanup efforts (Kateregga/Sterner 2007[4]). A water hyacinth infestation is seldom totally eradicated. Instead, it is a situation that must be continually managed (LVEMP, 2004[5] ) (United Nations News, 2000[1])).

Water Hyacinth affects the Lake Victorian population in many negative ways. There are economic impacts when the weed blocks boat access. The effects on transportation and fishing are immediately felt. Where the weed is prolific, there is a general increase in several diseases, as the weed creates excellent breeding areas for mosquitoes and other insects. There are increased incidents of skin rash, cough, malaria, encephalitis, bilharzias, gastro intestinal disorders, and schistosomiasis. Water hyacinth also interferes with water treatment, irrigation, and water supply (Opande et al., 2004[3])). It can smother aquatic life by deoxygenating the water, and it reduces nutrients for young fish in sheltered bays. It has blocked supply intakes for the hydroelectric plant, interrupting electrical power for entire cities. The weed also interrupts local subsistence fishing, blocking access to the beaches (LVEMP, 2004[5]).

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ANOTHER SHORT WALK

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BIRDING IN EGYPT OVER 86 SPECIES  ON MY BLOGSPOT 2010

FEMALE AND MALE,Little green bee-eater (merops orientalis),

Common bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus. ONLY ONE SHOT THIS PAST WEEK,

Laughing dove , streptopelia senegalensis, MANY OF THESE DOVES AROUND,

Little white egret (Egretta garzetta), THIS ONE HAS AN INFECTION TO ITS LEG FROM THE NILE POLLUTION.

THEY ARE SO QUICK CATCHING AND EATING THE FISH NO CHANCE IN SETTING THE LENS,

OK" NEXT ONE THEN IT SAW ME AND FLEW OFF,

BAD FEATHER DAY,

FERAL PIGEONS THESE ARE THE ONES EVERYONE KEEPS ON THEIR ROOF FOR A CHEAP SOURCE OF FOOD

THE TURKEY ON MY ROOF NOW ITS MATE HAS GONE IN THE POT, IT LOOKED AT ME AS HIS NEW MATE, THIS IS HOUSED WITH THE PIGEONS AND A HEN.NOT SURE WHERE THE OTHER 4 HENS WENT.

NOT SURE IF THE LAUGHING DOVES ALSO CARRY THESE DESEASES, PART OF MY HEALTH PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN CAUSED  BY SUNBATHING  AND READING ON THE ROOF  WITH THE DEAR BIRDS.   I KNOW THE POOR TURKEY HAS  A REAL PROBLEM WITH FLEAS MOST OF ITS FEATHERS ARE NIBBLED AWAY, AND WATCHING THE PIGEONS ALL THEY DO IS PREEN THEMSELVES ALL DAY TO GET RID OF THE MITES /FLEAS .  SO NO MORE ROOF FOR ME WILL HAVE TO USE MY BALCONY TO SUNBATHE  AND READ.
,tp://www.bukisa.com/articles/33876_rats-with-wings

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RUDY DARTER

THE MASTER OF CAMOUFLAGE. FEMALE RUDY DARTER

CLOSE UP OF THE DRAGONFLY

MATING BLUE TAILED  DAMSELS

A DAMSEL IN DISSDRESS NOT SEEN THIS SPECIES BEFORE, ITS BEEN ATTACKED NOTICE THE BROCKEN WING, IT WILL LAY ITS EGGS BEFORE BEING PREY FOR A DRAGON FLY

ONOTHER SPECIES OF FLY

ANOTHER SPECIES IF WASP THESE MAKE THE NEST IN BETWEEN THE STONES ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE RIVER

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FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELS GO TO MY BLOG

http://egyptdragonflies.blogspot.com/

http://insectsonwings.blogspot.com/

Turtle dove,Streptopelia turtur,

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Turtle dove,Streptopelia turtur, AS SOME OF MY FOLLOWERS KNOW I HAVE ONLY BEEN BIRDING FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS, LAST YEAR I ONLY GOT ONE SHOT OF THE TURTLE DOVE TODAY I SAW THIS ONE NEAR WHERE I SAW IT LAST YEAR, GOT 3 SHOTS IN BEFORE ANOTHER CRAZY SAW ME THINKING I WANTED TO GO SAILING , OR RATHER WANTED MY MONEY,

THE DOVE KNEW I WAS WATCHING IT , THEN SETTLED DOWN TO DO SOME MORE FORAGING

BEAUTIFUL  DOVE WILL TRY AND GET SOME MORE PHOTOS TOMORROW. ITS QUITE RARE HERE AND LOOKING AT LAST YEARS PHOTO,  THAT WAS TAKEN ON THE 14/4/2010,

SOON AFTER I SAW THE DOVE A PAIR OF COMMON BULBULS CAME TO THE WATERS EDGE PICKED UP A SHELL  AND REALLY COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY COULD NOT EAT IT, THEY PICKED IT UP SEVERAL TIMES EACH THEN DROPPED IT, BEFORE THEY NOTICED I WAS TAKING THEIR PHOTO, AND FLEW OFF, WHY THEY HAVE A NAME LIKE COMMON I DO NOT KNOW BUT HERE IN LUXOR THEY ARE QUITE A RARE FIND, ALONG THE  PROMENADE I HAVE ONLY SEEN 3 PAIRS,

THE FEMALE WAITING FOR THE MALE TO BRING THE SHELL

SHE HAD SEEN ME BUT THAT SHELL LOOKED APETIZING SO SHE MOVED NEARER THE MALE,

YOU SURE THATS EDIBLE,

THIS PIECE OF GRIT IS OK,

NO THIS IS NO GOOD,

ALL BIRDS HAVE A GIZZARD,  THE REASON WHY THEY EAT GRAVEL OR SHELLS EVEN EGG SHELLS  FIRST ITS TO BREAK UP FOOD  JUST LIKE WE HAVE TEETH, OR A MILLSTONE TO MAKE FLOUR,  THE FEMALE WHEN IN LAYING SEASON EATS MORE GRAVEL ETC TO MAKE HER EGG SHELLS.    FROM WIKS, The gizzard, also referred to as the ventriculus, gastric mill, and gigerium, is an organ found in the digestive tract of some animals, including birds, reptiles, earthworms,

Nile valley sun bird(Anthreptes metallicus)

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Little green bee-eater (merops orientalis),

Common bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus)

    male adult in mating ritual

    I think its a ,Whitethroat, Sylvia communis, the photos are not too good as it stayed High in the tree

    Little green bee-eater (merops orientalis),

    Little green bee-eater (merops orientalis), with a bee

    Little green bee-eater (merops orientalis),male

    Little green bee-eater (merops orientalis),male and female

    red kyte the string version this was being flown by a toutist from the upper deck of a cruiser, and is unrelated to the red kite.

    http://www.redkites.co.uk/

    Common bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus

    Common bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus

    4 sightings today

    Nile valley sun bird(Anthreptes metallicus) juvenile in flight very hard bird to take a photo of being so small, here its taking off from the hibiscus flower

    Nile valley sun bird(Anthreptes metallicus) taking nectar from the back of the hibiscus flower

    who me?

    Nile valley sun bird(Anthreptes metallicus) female

    Pied kingfisher (ceryle rudis), fishing from a gantry

    bumble bee

    bumble bee

    Female adult , Nile valley sun bird(Anthreptes metallicus),

    Hoopoe bird (upupa epops),

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    Locally known as the Hod Hod Bird

    the land has just been watered making it soft enough for the hoopoe too dig its beak in without any effort, so busy hunting for grubs it hardly took any notice of me

    the grub looks like the caterpillar of the phospher butterfly

    common bulbul;

    The rest of today’s photos are on http://nilecruise.wordpress.com/ ,

    Striated heron (butorides striatus),


    i sat for 2 hours on the waters edge of the Nile photographing the Pied Kingfishers  when this Striated heron flew in and landed about 20ft away, it  did not show any fear of me while it came to do what it came for  as soon as it caught its fish it flew off to a safe distance. then came back and landed on a branch with two young kingfishers.

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