Iím editor of two magazines published in Cairo, and with photography as my mine main hobby have recently taken up birding. One of the prime reasons for joining Surfbirds is the frustration of trying to identify some of the species I have photographed particularly those I categorise as UBOs, unidentifiable brown objects.
Over 470 species have been recorded in Egypt. Two-thirds are migrants, with only around 150 species resident all year. Several species are locally extirpated and many others are rare or accidental. Egypt being located at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, is blessed with a wide range of habitats each with its own unique bird life. The country is located on major migration routes. Millions of birds pass through every autumn and spring using the River Nile and the Red Sea as migratory corridors. Many species over winter, Egyptian wetlands are internationally important wintering sites for water birds.
The Ancient Egyptians were superb natural historians and vividly documented the flora and fauna of their time on the walls of tombs and temples. Over 76 different species of birds, can be identified from the wall paintings, reliefs and other artefacts.