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Herons and Turtle Doves of the Sinai Peninsula

I will continue the story about the birds of the coast of the south of the Sinai Peninsula. You can read about all the little things in the Radisson Blu Resort hotel here, and now let's go through the big ones. And I'll show you the Western Reef Heron first. Egretta gularis schistacea).

This is my first encounter with this species of birds, although I have already seen and photographed Eastern reefs in Thailand and Indonesia. I must say right away that this heron hunted on the rocky section of the beach of our hotel only one evening, and I never met her again. Surprisingly, she was not at all afraid of people, she was busy looking for food. And she succeeded. The heron “played” with this piece of shellfish for a long time before eating it.

Both western and eastern reef herons come in dark plumage ("dark morph") and off-white ("white morph"). As you can see, a white morph heron has come to us. Herons of the white morph differ little from the Lesser White Herons: the same yellow "socks", the same size. So in the book "Birds of Russia and Adjacent Regions", in the volume dedicated to Storks, this heron is mentioned in the essay on the Little White Heron, where it is considered only a subspecies of it. But in accordance with modern ideas, this heron is singled out as a separate species.
And there are still external differences from Small White: it is a more powerful, not dark beak and a greenish “toe” color. These differences will help to determine the reef heron if it is completely white, but in our case it was simpler: the heron has not yet completely molted from the juvenile plumage, and the dark spots on the wings betray its belonging.

In this photo, I was able to photograph a reef heron in front of another heron. You can see how much smaller it is than the reef one.

This is the Green Heron (Striated Heron, Butorides striata brevipes). She could almost always be found on a small rocky stretch of the coast. Subspecies brevipes interesting to me because it lives only in Somalia and along the coast of the Red Sea.

Interestingly, the color of the Green Night Heron varies greatly depending on the lighting. In the shade, she looks grayish-green (photo below), and this is how she is depicted in all books. After all, the night heron usually hunts in the shade of bushes or stones.

But if the sun shines on it, then the bird looks just brown, like in the next photo under sunset light. Svenson's guide shows two images of this bird in these particular colors, marked (blue-gray) and (rufous), but no explanation is given on this matter.

Heron hunted for small fish, but I have never been able to observe the successful completion of this hunt. But the Egyptian heron showed us its art several times.

This is the Western Egyptian Heron (Western Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis). Unlike other herons encountered, it finds food on land. On the territory of the hotel there was only one individual, we saw her almost every day. Observing the heron, I saw for the first time how it, by swinging its head in the horizontal plane, determined the correct coordinates of the "target" - a probable food object. At first I was even scared: what was it with the heron's neck, it (the neck) swayed strongly in waves, while the head remained almost motionless.
And it bore fruit - the heron caught two reptiles in front of us. One of them in the heron's beak is shown in the photo above. By the way, I myself had a glimpse of only one reptile and did not even make out who it was.
I will show you another photo of the heron - after swimming in fresh water in the hotel's cascade.

Finally, on the last morning, I met a Gray Heron standing in the shallow sea, far enough from the coast. Along the walkways leading to the reef. I managed to gradually get closer to her. However, the heron could not stand such impudence and flew away.

Now about two types of the most common birds of the hotel. Many visitors to Sharm al-Sheikh wrote about them and showed them in their LJs. This is Laughing Dove, Spilopelia senegalensis aegyptiaca) and Common Kestrel ( Falco tinnunculus rupicolaeformis). In conclusion, I'll just show you a few images of these birds.

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Ⓘ Little Turtle Dove

Little turtledove or Egyptian turtledove is a species of birds from the family of pigeons of the order dove-like, living in tropical Africa, the Middle East, eastern India, and also in western Australia.

1. Description

The Little Turtle Dove is a rather small bird measuring 26 - 29 cm with a long tail, wing length from 12.4 to 14.4 cm, span from 40 to 43 cm.The weight of an adult is from 90 to 130 g. It has a reddish-brown color with a gray-gray ebb on the wings and on the tail. The head and abdomen are lighter than the rest of the body, there are dark spots on the neck. Little dove's paws are red. Sexual dimorphism is not pronounced - males outwardly almost do not differ from females. Young individuals have a reddish tint, in contrast to adults, as well as yellow eyes and a reddish beak with a pronounced beak. In adult birds, the beak and eyes are gray.

The cooing of the little turtledove resembles laughter, hence the English name for the bird: "laughing dove" eng. Laughing Dove.

2. Dissemination

Breeding area: Africa and Southwest Asia. In Africa, the little turtledove inhabits almost the entire continent, with the exception of some inland areas. In Asia, it is distributed from the southern parts of Arabia and India to the north to Turkey and the southern regions of the former USSR, and to the east - to Northwest China, Bangladesh and Nepal. In Eastern Europe and North Asia, he lives in Southeast Kazakhstan, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

It is possible that the settlement of small turtledoves to the north will continue down the Irtysh valley, from the lower reaches of the river. Or to Karaganda, from the Aral Sea to Aktyubinsk and along Turgay, along the Black Sea coast, as well as along the North-East and North-West Caspian to the lower reaches of the Urals, Volga, possibly to the North Caucasus.

3. Reproduction

Little turtle doves lead a sedentary synanthropic lifestyle - they nest near human settlements. Places for nests are very diverse: these can be tree crowns, lampposts, cornices and attics of buildings, sometimes their nests were even found on balconies or verandas of inhabited apartments.

Little turtle doves are monogamous, form rather long-term pairs, sometimes even for several years. Each pair occupies a certain territory, and its inhabitants zealously guard their possessions and drive off violators. The nest of the turtledove, like that of all pigeons, is very simple: a few casually reinforced twigs. Usually the female builds the nest, the male provides her with building material. Sometimes a couple takes their old, previously built nest by renewing it. When the nest is ready, the female turtledove usually lays two white eggs and incubates them for two weeks with the active participation of the male, who regularly replaces her at the post. Chicks hatch blind, helpless, slightly covered with down. Parents feed the chicks by belching out from the goiter the so-called "bird's milk", formed from a mixture of previously swallowed food with goiter secretions. This "milk" provides a fairly rapid growth of chicks, and they leave the nest in two weeks.

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