Dates 3rd of March to 9th of March 2011.
Arrived around 17.00hrs local time,first bird Fan tailed Raven as we boarded the coach to our resort.
The area is hotel complexes sandwiched between the Red Sea and the desert,the main habitat being hotel gardens and rocky shoreline.
Passerines of note were Chiffchaff and Red throated pipit,skulking Sardinian warblers were giving me the the run around,these were eclipsed by superb white spotted bluethroats.
On the 6th we saw a snipe fly over while having breakfast then we were going snorkelling at Abu Dabab about 40 km south on route I got a brief view of Isabelline wheatear.
On arrival at Abu Dabab we met Mahmoud and Abdul and we soon put through our paces on reaching the deeper water we were soon viewing turtles with their accompanying cleaner fish,later we followed the reef seeing Scorpion or Lion fish as it is known and the Guitar fish the list was endless, our whole day is on video and I will download this asap.
The journey back was livened up by a covey of Crowned Sandgouse a new bird for me and a single Black Kite.
CHECKLIST OF SPECIES
Lanner falcon 2,Little Egret1,Redshank1 heard,Red throated Pipit3,Pied Wagtail alba race common,Bluethroat 6 white spotted race,Sardinian Warbler4 2 pairs, Chiffchaff 2 confirmed sub species ie albienetus and collybita,Fan tailed Raven,House Sparrow,Rock dove,Collared dove1,Pintail Snipe,Crowned sandgrouse,Laughing dove,Swift,Kingfisher,Hoopoe,Sand Martin,Rock martin,Swallow,Whinchat1,Isabelline Wheatear,Desert Wheatear,Nile Valley Sunbird,Fan tailed Raven,Hooded Crow,Desert Finch,Yellow Wagtail,Turtle Dove,Sedge Warbler,Bonelli's Warbler,Sav'is Warbler.