South" Red Sea pelagic and scuba tour (Egypt).
After a cancellation/re-scheduling of our forthcoming dragonfly
tour we looked immediatelly for a "working-holiday"
and joined Bela Nasfay to a liveaboard safari to
visit the southern egyptian Red Sea. Bela is a doyen of
the hungarian scuba divers, also author for hundreds of
scuba articles and winner of innumerable underwater competitions,
so it was a real priviledge to share a cabin with him, which
gave us great opportunity for discussions. He is definitely
one of the most helpful person I have ever met, who advised
me to became a scuba freak since the beginning. We had several
other scuba "cream of the cream" photographers
onboard, incl. Laszlo
Elod and Daniel
Selmeczi, both being outstanding artists. Our boat,
the M/S Andromeda give us a full comfort, definitely
this is one of the most luxurious boat ever launched on
the Red Sea. Last year I did a tour with its sibling, M/S
Cassiopea and I had some excelent pelagic birding as
well when I observed great numbers of Sooty Falcons
and Tropicbirds on some very remote islands, close
to the Sudanese border, so this year I took my long lenses
as well and used the opportunity to re-visit those places.
All in all, apart from my serious ear-problems, I had a
great time, observed 100+ Sooty Falcons, Tropicbirds,
all the usual Gulls and Terns, and we also had touching
encounters with Risso's and Bottle-nosed Dolphins,Tiger- and Oceanic White-tip Sharks, Turtles
and others. Being a rare destination for birders and scuba
divers, I present a bit longer selection of pictures here,
enjoy! 12 August, 2009
boat, the M/S Andromeda, one of the most luxurious boat
on the Red Sea, which cruising the Egyptian and Sudanese
waters along with her sibling, M/S
Falcon. Last year I discovered a colony of 100+ on a remote
island of the Egyptian Red Sea, which give me a force to
return back and take some better pictures. Thanks God, the
colony is still thriving...
Eleonora's Falcon. I just inserted this picture here to
make a comparison with Sooty. This picture was taken with
my good friend, Adam Farago on his recent tour to Vis Island,
the only viable population of Croatia. Adam also a great
bird artist, please check his
Bobby. A common bird on the deep-south' waters of Egypt.
Gull. A common Red Sea endemic. Its close relative, the
Sooty Gull also widespread and easy to see.
Tern. Other terns, inculding Sooty, White-cheeked, Caspian,
Lesser-crested, etc. are also widespread on these waters.
Tropicbird, considered to be a mega-rarity in Egypt, however
there is a well-viable and permanent population on the open
waters of the southern egyptian Red Sea. I have seen them
all on my visits earlier too, indeed.
on the Egyptian coast, close to Ras Banas peninsula.