Bird photography on the Red Sea coast near Marsa Alam, Egypt

 

Another holiday on the Red Sea coast near to Marsa Alam, where I can photograph the passing migrants and my wife can snorkel and do some underwater photography.
We stayed at two different hotels which gave a slightly different reef for my wife and different gardens for me to walk around.
Here is a collection of some of the birds I photographed plus a few shots of flowers, butterflies, moon, sunrise and sunset.
Most of the birds I’d seen before but I did manage one new lifer, the Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva.

As well as these photographs I also saw a flock of Northern Pintail, a couple of Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Greater Sand Plover, lots of Martins and Swallows passing though, a Hoopoe and an unknown Owl flying into land from the sea, so no idea where it came from.

 

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Laughing Dove, Spilopelia senegalensis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/2500 s. f/7.1 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Plain Tiger or African Queen Butterfly, Danaus chrysippus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x

The buff coloured flanks confused me for a while but it seems to be a variable that occurs on birds from South Africa and also Ethiopia

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Tree Pipit, Anthus trivialis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/5000 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x

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Spanish Sparrow, Passer hispaniolensis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/4000 s. f/5.6 iso800 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/2500 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/800 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Lesser Whitethroat, Sylvia curruca

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/2000 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Sunrise


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Little Egret, Egretta garzetta

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/3200 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1250 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1250 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Laughing Dove, Spilopelia senegalensis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/800 s. f/6.3 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/3200 s. f/6.3 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/2500 s. f/6.3 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/2000 s. f/6.3 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/8 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/8 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/320 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Osprey, Pandion haliaetus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/3200 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Sunrise

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/200 s. f/32 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Osprey, Pandion haliaetus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Caspian Tern, Hydroprogne caspia

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/2000 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Caspian Tern, Hydroprogne caspia

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/3200 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Caspian Tern, Hydroprogne caspia

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/3200 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Caspian Tern, Hydroprogne caspia

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/800 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/2000 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Striated Heron, Butorides striata

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Striated Heron, Butorides striata

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/4000 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM


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Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/2500 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1250 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x

Originally thought it was a Redstart but it had white outer tail feathers and no red rump. After research found it was a Red-breasted Flycatcher, a new lifer for me.

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Red-breasted Flycatcher, Ficedula parva

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x

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Red-breasted Flycatcher, Ficedula parva

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1000 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1250 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Red-throated Pipit, Anthus cervinus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1250 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Red-throated Pipit, Anthus cervinus

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1250 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1250 s. f/7.1 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Brown-necked Raven, Corvus ruficollis

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1000 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1000 s. f/5.6 iso400 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/1600 s. f/7.1 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Sunrise


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Moon

Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/800 s. f/5.6 iso200 EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x


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Sunset

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