During our stay in Aswan, we not only visited the city’s sights and monuments, but also went for a morning birding tour.
The Nile River at Aswan is dotted with many little islands, which offer excellent habitats for a large number of bird species. We were lucky to be guided by Mr. Mohamed Arabi also known as the Birdman of Aswan. In his motor boat, we travelled through the many river channels and spotted a large number of birds, including Egyptian Geese, Ferruginous Ducks, Western Swamphens, Common Moorhens, Gull-billed Terns, Great Comorants, Black-winged Stilts, Green Sandpipers, Wood Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwits, Common Greenshanks, Spur-winged Lapwings, Common Ringed Plovers, Grey Herons, Purple Herons, Little Egrets, Little Bitterns, Squacco Herons, Striated Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons, Senegal Thick-knees, Eurasian Spoonbills, Glossy Ibises, Clamorous Reed Warblers, Pied Kingfishers, Common Kestrels, and one Osprey!
I was surprised that birding along the Nile River in Aswan is so productive – I can highly recommend it!