Yesterday, we drove from Sharm el Sheikh to Cairo and were subjected to a sand storm that started just out of Sharm all the way to the tunnel under the Suez Canal with winds reportedly up to 60 kilometres an hour in places.
Once through the tunnel there was virtually no wind but many deep sand drifts over the road. Less than a kilometre from the tunnel there is a major roundabout surrounded by a Bedouin village with food stalls and local cafés plus a piece of saline wetland which is no more that 50 square metres surrounded by reeds and numerous shrubs and trees.
I have passed it dozens on dozens of occasions at all times of the year and depending on the month have never seen anything more exciting than Hooded Crows, House Sparrows, White Wagtails and a couple of Spur-winged Plovers.
It was about 3pm and there were nine Black-winged Stilts, White and Grey Wagtails, six Spur-winged Plovers, dozens of Ravens, an Isabelline Wheatear and the two in the image.