During the trip, we tried on spec for migrating raptors a couple of times. The first of these was during the morning of 4th, in the hills some 17km west of Marsa Alam on the road to Edfu. Brought to a standstill by a number of very close Steppe Eagles either sat on the ridges or in acacias, we decided to spend a couple of hours in the area to see what went through.
At least 200 Steppe Eagles (and smaller numbers of Black Kites and Brown-necked Ravens) appeared to be loafing on the ridges around a nearby beduoin settlement, presumably attracted to waste. In addition, a number of 'kettles' of raptors drifted through - predominately Steppe Buzzards (in to the 1,000s), but also plenty of Black Kites, Steppe Eagles, and smaller numbers of Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Egyptian Vultures, Black Storks, 4 Cranes and a Long-legged Buzzard. Not bad for a spontaneous stop!
Our second crack of the whip came at El Gouna on the 8th. A juicy-looking ridge a few km inland of the golf course complex revealed plenty of Steppe Buzzards and Black Kites getting up and following it northwards. Between 08:45 and 09:45, we had plenty of the above plus at least three Levant Sparrowhawks (a tick for Rich!), a 3cy Eastern Imperial Eagle (tick for me!), Booted, Short-toed and Steppe Eagles, 18 Black Storks and a few Sparrowhawks.