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Informative articles, to interest bird watchers and ornithologists visiting Egypt.
Sightings and sounds - even before you arrive in Egypt!
Reviews for ornithogolists and amateur bird watchers.
Identification Guides, Identification Guides, Handbooks - what to choose for your holiday?
If you're a casual birdwatcher, start with 'Birds of Egypt', if you can get hold of it. If not, try one of the 'Birds of the Middle East' guides - perhaps one of the 'Helm Field Guides' guides. Dedicated ornithologists like the 'Helm' guides - they include some specialized (and expensive) titles.
Travelling light? Or improving your range of birdwatching kit before leaving for your holiday?
At 12,000 pages this probably isn't a book you'd take on holiday with you!
Up-to-date, detailed field identification about plumage, moult, ageing, sexing, voice, habitat, seasonal and altitudinal movements, distribution and behaviour of passerines of the Western Palearctic. The exceptionally well informed and fully referenced text is backed up by a stunning collection of almost 3,000 photographs, illustrating all species and distinct subspecies, in flight and at rest, and in a range of plumages. 3,000 photographs. Every species and distinct subspecies is illustrated, in flight and at rest, and in various plumages.
Who would ever have believed such a camera could be possible? Astonishingly small and astoundingly good...
It's certainly worth trying to get hold of a copy of this book if you can manage it. The most recent edition is from 2007, but only the 2001 edition (link above) is available, used, on Amazon UK.
This photographic guide to 252 species covers all the bird families found in Egypt, from the awesome Lammergeier to the tiny but dazzling Nile Valley Sunbird. The level of detail is excellent, but the book is still accessible for non-ornithologists. Many of the stunning birds shown can easily be seen around Luxor, Aswan and Red Sea coast. Identifcation aids (including useful thumbnail silhouettes), a map showing good bird sites in Egypt and useful information about how to set about birdwatching in Egypt make this a useful traveller's guide. Bird biology and behaviour are are also featured.
Titled in three languages - don't let that put you off! The sounds of 819 bird species are not to be missed!
5 stars for this book's excellent identification pictures: clear plates plus excellent colour photographs of every species covered in the equally clear text - and clear maps. Tried and tested field marks for identifying the diurnal raptors - perched and in flight. Bill Clark includes plenty of new - previously unpublished - information, often based on his own extensive experience, with detailed plumage descriptions for each age, sex, and colour morph, plus flight, moult, behaviour, and distribution for every species. Distinguishing features of similar species are given.
There is a newer edition of this book, but without North Africa!
Featured is the Joby GP3 Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod for the Sony Alpha NEX-5, NEX-3 Digital Camera - but whatever camera you have it's worth looking for a Gorillapod to fit. A mini-miracle for travelling photographers...
No guarantees can be offered as to the quality of the many editions of this book - and not even for the edition linked to here!
Captain George Ernest Shelley was an nineteenth century English geologist and ornithologist. He wrote "A Monograph of the Cinnyridae, or Family of Sun Birds" (currently unavailable) in 1878, and "A Handbook to the Birds of Egypt" in 1872.
Copyright on his writings recently expired (he died in 1910, and in the UK, copyright is the life of the author plus 20 years) - prompting the production of many 'new' editions for sale on amazon.
Some of these new editions are made from scans of the original text and images, resulting in great variation in readablility. Other publishers have scanned text in to a computer as an image and used 'OCR' (optical character recognition) software to automatically convert the words on the images into text. This process can be extremely hit-and-miss, and would require extremely careful proof reading to produce accurate (sometimes eve readable) copy. I have not seen this edition, and I am fairly sure that it would be unwise to assume any degree of consistency even within one edition.
The same applies to GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF EUROPE AND NORTH AFRICA, by Colonel R.G. Wardlaw Ramsay
An illustrated edition; 280 pages
Regarded as the top birders field guide for many years, and superbly painted scientific illustrations by Lars Jonsson.
"Numbers And Distribution Of Wintering Waterbirds in the Western Palearctic and Southwest Asia in 1997, 1998 and 1999: Results from the International Waterbird Census" (Wetlands International Global) by Niels Gilissen, Lieuwe Haanstra, Simon Delany, and Gerard Boere (2002)
"Results From The International Waterbird Census In The Western Palearctic and Southwest Asia 1995 and 1996" (Wetlands International) by S. Delany, C. Reyes, E. Hubert, and S. Pihl (Jan 1999)
Ostrich to Ducks Vol 1 | Hawks to Bustards Vol 2 | Waders to Gulls Vol 3 | Terns to Woodpeckers Vol 4 | Warblers Vol 6 | Flycatchers to Shrikes Vol 7 | Crows to Finches Vol 8 | Buntings and New World Warblers Vol 9
Note: Volumes 1-7 are available in a single edition
Since 1977 the taxonomy has changed with a distinct shift towards standardizing the English names of birds. Sibley and Monroe stirred things up by proposing a radical new treatment of families, but the authors of Palearctic Birds have compiled this up-to-date working list for the region by selecting the most appropriate names. The Systematic List gives scientific name, suggested English name, and alternatives given by the various sides in the current debate. Four additional sections provide taxonomic notes, notes qualifying the English names, notes on distributional status, and a full bibliography.
Fortunately the title of this amazing DVD can be shortened to BWPi . It is the multimedia version of the printed edition (featured above) - all 970 species from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East can be seen and heard on a single DVD-ROM. As in the printed edition, over 5600 illustrations of over 900 species, show birds at rest and in flight and in various plumages, accurately painted by some of the world's best artists. But for the interactive version, every illustration has been individually isolated and captioned so you can see more clearly than ever before which species and which plumage is being shown. There are also specially-created annotations highlighting how to identify a bird and how to determine its age, sex or race. You cn show or hide these as required.
Watching over 650 species on BWPi is the next-best-thing to actually seeing the birds in the wild! All 2000+ video clips would take 10 hours to view! Viewing options include full-sceen, frame-by-frame (to study details of plumage or behaviour) or split screen simultaneous viewing of multiple videos. And BWPi has sound recordings of more than 580 species - more than 600 if you count the sounds heard during the videos.
Version 7 includes the 2006 update: 5 extensively revised species accounts from the authoritative journal BWP Update, new material for split species (such as Western/Eastern Olivaceous Warbler)
(Mac OS X, Windows 98 - XP)
NEW single DVD - much more covenient than the previous 6 disk CD-ROM set!
'All The Birds Of Europe' is a multimedia version of the fantastic, authoritative multi-volume reference work: "Handbook Of The Birds Of Europe, The Middle East And North Africa".
610 bird species of the Western Palearctic are presented, with around 2000 video clips, 1000+ sound recordings, 1000+ illustrations, 700+ distribution maps, about 5000 screens of text. There are are quizzes, and commentaries by experts. Other tools include an identification key, instant species lists, an instant side-by-side comparison function and a tool to keep your bird-records organised.
The DVD-ROM has 100+ extra video clips - otherwise the CD-ROM and the DVD-ROM are identical. The fantastic video clips and sound recordings are backed up with superb illustrations, detailed distribution maps, a comprehensive text and other special features. The 800 or so video clips are a pleasure to watch - even when viewed at full-screen size - but your conputer should be 133 MHz or more to run this latest version.
You can listen to a sample of this Bird sounds CD using the 'Songlines magazine interactive sampler'.
This book reviews 40 years of diverse research on birds living in deserts. Areas of research have included desert avifaunas, food and energy, drinking and water regulation, thermoregulation, the timing and ecology of breeding.