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Suset over Debod Temple, Madrid.
Nymphaea caerulea, known primarily as blue lotus (or blue Egyptian lotus), but also blue water lily (or blue Egyptian water lily), and sacred blue lily, is a water lily in the genus Nymphaea. Like other species in the genus, the plant contains the psychoactive alkaloid aporphine (not to be confused with apomorphine). It was known to the Ancient Egyptian civilization.Its original habitat may have been along the Nile and other parts of East Africa. It spread more widely in ancient times, including to the Indian subcontinent and Thailand. The flowers open in the morning, rising to the surface of the water, then close and sink at dusk.In fact, the flower buds rise to the surface over a period of two to three days, and when ready, open around 9:30 am and close about 3:00 pm. The flowers and buds do not rise above the water in the morning, nor do they submerge at night. The flowers have pale bluish-white to sky-blue or mauve petals, smoothly changing to a pale yellow in the centre of the flower.
Instead of a river sand bar in sub-Saharan Africa, this Egyptian Plover finds itself on a the edge of an artificial pond in Toledo (Ohio).
This strikingly-colored plover is a resident of the Toledo Zoo.
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Egyptian goose ♀ | German name: Niilgans ♀
Aves - Anseriformes - Anatidae - Alopochen
Alopochen aegyptiaca | Linnaeus, 1766
available light | manual exposure | handheld (IS on, IBIS off)
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Egyptian Goose - Alopochen Aegyptiacus
Nymphaea caerulea, known primarily as blue lotus (or blue Egyptian lotus), but also blue water lily (or blue Egyptian water lily), and sacred blue lily, is a water lily in the genus Nymphaea.
Egyptian geese enjoying the sunshine on The Serpentine Hyde Park London.
Taken at RSPB Snettisham
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The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.
.........one of a pair seen today at the local nature reserve. Nikon D500/500mm PF.
A pair of young gawky Egyptian Geese. Taken in Kensington Gardens.
Egyptian sarcophagus in gold must be really heavy!!
Front view of "Temple of Debod", an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled in the south of Aswan and rebuilt in Madrid, Spain in 1968.
They said that Egyptian Goose is not really a goose, but is actually a Shelduck. It is a cross between a goose and a duck. It is the most widespread of all the African waterfowl and made for easy photography.
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The Egyptian goose is believed to be most closely related to the shelducks (genus Tadorna) and their relatives, and is placed with them in the subfamily Tadorninae.
Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus). Morden Hall Park, Morden, London, England
Egitto- Tempio di Luxor- nel cortile di Ramses II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
@ f/5.6 1/320 ISO 400
Have I been there again?! Up at about 1700 feet above sea level in the Dinorwic slate quarry are these two levels: Egypt up on the left, and down the C6 incline below it is Australia. I like these higher levels most, where the heavy machinery was too inaccessible for the scrap metal men to take it away. And the views, if you are not in cloud, are superb across the lakes to the mountains and Snowdon, or out the other way to the furthest parts of Anglesey. And its where I tend to find the mountain goats too, a little closer to heaven.
Macro Mondays ........ Theme Souvenirs
Macro of a small decorative coffee cup in green and gold, with decorative Egyptian theme.
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...........couldn't resist doing a portrait with its head in lovely sunlight. Nikon D500/500mm PF.
The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), also called the white scavenger vulture or pharaoh's chicken.
The Egyptian vulture is usually seen singly or in pairs, soaring in thermals along with other scavengers and birds of prey, or perched on the ground or atop a building. On the ground, they walk with a waddling gait. They feed on a range of food, including mammal faeces (including those of humans), insects in dung, carrion, vegetable matter, and sometimes small animals. When it joins other vulture species at a dead animal, it tends to stay on the periphery and waits until the larger species leave.Wild rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) form a significant part of the diet of Spanish vultures.Studies suggest that they feed on ungulate faeces to obtain carotenoid pigments responsible for their bright yellow and orange facial skin. The ability to assimilate carotenoid pigments may serve as a reliable signal of fitness.
Egyptian vultures are mostly silent but make high-pitched mewing or hissing notes at the nest and screeching noises when squabbling at a carcass. Young birds have been heard making a hissing croak in flight.They also hiss or growl when threatened or angry.
Egyptian vultures roost communally on large trees, buildings or on cliffs.Roost sites are usually chosen close to a dump site or other suitable foraging area. In Spain and Morocco,summer roosts are formed mainly by immature birds. The favourite roost trees tended to be large dead pines. The number of adults at the roost increases towards June. It is thought that breeding adults may be able to forage more efficiently by joining the roost and following others to the best feeding areas. Breeding birds that failed to raise young may also join the non-breeding birds at the roost during June.
This species faces a number of threats across its range. Disturbance, lead poisoning (from ammunition used in hunting game), direct and secondary poisoning, electrocution , collisions with wind turbines, reduced food availability and habitat change are currently impacting upon European populations with juveniles showing higher declines and mainland populations showing higher rates of juvenile mortality than island populations. Illegal poisoning against carnivores seems to be the main threat operating on the breeding grounds in Spain and the Balkans. Declines in parts of Africa are likely to have been driven by loss of wild ungulate populations and, in some areas, overgrazing by livestock and improvements in slaughterhouse sanitation. Within the European Union, regulations introduced in 2002, controlling the disposal of animal carcasses, greatly reduced food availability, notably through the closure of traditional "muladares" in Spain and Portugal. However, recently passed regulations will permit the operation of feeding stations for scavengers and guidelines about how to operate them exist, and in eastern Europe dietary diversity has no effect on population sizes, but instead could affect territory size. Poisoning is a threat to the species, often through the use of poison baits targeted at terrestrial predators, and through the consumption of poisoned animals. Recent analyses from many countries including Bulgaria have highlighted potential contamination of Egyptian Vultures that may lead to increased mortality. Antibiotic residues present in the carcasses of intensively-farmed livestock may increase the susceptibility of nestlings to disease (e.g. avian pox has been reported as a cause of mortality in Bulgaria ).
It appears that diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) often used for livestock, and which is fatal to Gyps spp. when ingested at livestock carcasses is driving the recent rapid declines in India. NSAIDs are reportedly toxic to raptors, storks, cranes and owls, suggesting that vultures of other genera could be susceptible to its effects. It seems plausible that this species previously had less exposure to the toxin owing to competitive exclusion from carcasses by Gyps spp. vultures In 2007, diclofenac was found to be on sale at a veterinary practice in Tanzania. In addition, it was reported that in Tanzania, a Brazilian manufacturer has been aggressively marketing the drug for veterinary purposes and exporting it to 15 African countries. This drug has recently been approved for veterinary use in Europe, and is commercially available in France and Spain, which is a major concern for the species.
Mortality at power lines has been found to be particularly common on the Canary Islands and potentially risky in other regions of Spain and in Africa, with 17 individuals found killed by electrocution in Port Sudan, over 10 days in 2010, indicating a potentially serious problem that has persisted for decades and will continue to contribute to Egyptian Vulture population declines. In Morocco at least, the species is taken for use in traditional medicine, and it (like all African vultures) may have local commercial value as a traditional medicine throughout Africa. Competition for suitable nest sites with Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) may reduce breeding success in the short-term.
Canon EOS 7D M-II
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
@ f/5.6 1/1000 ISO 320
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We went from the Egypt end, and made our way in the direction of Sudan. I have never visited the pyramids, but there are a lot of great sights to see making your way up Lake Nasser. It's what I call seeing the real Egypt.
The first five days we were fishing in very strong winds, that were causing sometimes sand storms. Making it very difficult for our guide Mohammed to guide, and steer our boat. He told us strong winds constant for more than one day was very unusual. Though second week the weather changed, and we started to hit into fish. Biggest I had was a 120Lb Nile Perch.