Birds in Dahab – including the huge ospreys!
I´ve been able to photograph some of the bird life here in Dahab over the past two months or so.. I´m especially in love with the graceful ospreys, but there are many more birds in Dahab to observe and photograph. For photographers birds
are a great subject: usually there´s quite a variety of them, no matter where you are in the world and some of them are used to humans, allowing us to get closer and take even better pictures of some detail, you might never have seen before. Sometimes it´s worth the while to look a little closer, than just giving them a glimpse and forget about them again.
House Sparrows (Passer domesticus)
The most common birds here in Dahab are probably the house sparrows. Usually found in groups in most places of the world, where humans live. It is a very opportunistic bird and besides seeds it feeds on almost everything it can find including insects and human left-behinds. Currently it is listed as “least concern” on the IUCN Red List.
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)
In Dahab you find quite a lot of pigeons as well, one of them is the laughing dove. It is found in semi-desert habitats and feeds on the ground. You can easily distinguish them from other doves by their black necklace.
Greater Sand Plovers (Charadrius leschenaultii)
These birds are very shy and it´s hard to get a great picture. I usually find them feeding on small invertebrates etc along the beach or flying around in small groups like the one on the photo.
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
You can find these birds, which are also called Great White Herons in most tropical and warmer temperated regions around the world. It can stand 1m tall and can reach wingspans of 1,70m making it quite a big bird. It mainly feeds in shallow waters on fish, frogs and other small invertebrates and mammals. You will sometimes observe the egret standing still and waiting for its prey, before it strikes with great speed and spears it.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
These majestic birds occur quite often around here. We have at least one pair here in Dahab of which I already posted some pictures. I still have´t been able to capture them while fishing, but I won´t give up 🙂 The ospreys´diet consists almost exclusively of fish and I´ve seen them hunting a few times, but getting close enough for a got shot is quite difficult as they sometimes change their hunting spots quickly. So it´s a bit of a gamble, but I have three more months to go..
The following bird has yet to be determined – any suggestions? – Thank you Martijn!
Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus Spinosus)
Tom is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker and Marine Biologist specializing in conservation imagery & film, photojournalism, and promotional tourism work. Tom has won several awards, his films have been screened on film festivals throughout the world, and his images and stories have been published in dozens of articles in international magazines.
Tom is based in Suva, Fiji Islands and shares his workload between environmental assignments and promotional tourism work throughout the Pacific. In 2020, Tom founded Pacific Media House, a company offering photography & film services all across the Pacific.
Tags: Birds, Dahab, Egypt, Greater Sand Plovers, House sparrows, Laughing doves, Osprey, Sinai, South Sinai, Spur-winged Lapwing