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Salaams from the Sinai

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Offline Tore

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« on: November 03, 2010, 21:15 PM »
Dear all,
I felt that it was time for a brief update.
Firstly I apologise for a lengthy absence from the forum, but we moved from Spain back to Norway this summer. I spent 3 days in Norway before I was posted to the Sinai in Egypt, where I will spend a year serving as Chief of Operations for the MFO: www.mfo.org . We are based in an old Israeli camp from the 1967 war. It is literally a green oasis in the desert about 20 km south of the Mediterranean Sea. We have camps throughout the length of the Sinai, including on the Red sea itself. We have a multitude of species here in the camp, including 3 types of owls, rollers, several species of kingfishers, stone curlews, jackals, fennec, long eared hedgehogs, Chameleons, snakes, jerbils and middle eastern dormice.
The bird migration through here in September was amazing, especially in the Zerenike protectorate here on the coast with several hundred registered species of birds observed, including flamingos and spoonbills. Hope you all well. I have attached a few photos, including long-eared owl, Palestine sunbird, Osprey with a parrotfish, young jackal (3 packs in the camp), Syrian woodpeckers  and a hummingbird moth.

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 18:03 PM »
landed on your feet there!


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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2010, 22:44 PM »
Greetings Tore,
Wot? No scorpions?
Thanks for the update & pics. - good to see that the iberianatureforum's area of influence is ever spreading throughout the world.

Congratulations-on-the-promotion-? regs.,

Re. yer
we moved from Spain back to Norway this summer
, I was going to make a typical neat quip 'bout some folks not being able to cope with the heat :technodevil: but as I read on and saw that you are now out in the Sinai - which I would imagine is marginally warmer than Almería - a phrase from my schools days came back to me: 'The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.' (Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part One. Act V, Scene IV) and decided not to... :-X

P*S. I know Scorpions were tested in Norway to see how well they performed in cold weather conditions and also in the heat of the desert, but watch out look out look up for the new generation
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 11:52 AM »
thanks for the update Tore, our roving world correspondent. Is that osprey carring a parrot? Is that what they speciialise in in the desert?
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