Egypt is not only an ideal country for the antiquarian and the archaeologist, it's also a paradise for nature lovers. We're lucky that when Lady William Cecil [Mary Margaret - the 2nd Baroness Amherst of Hackney] visited Egypt in 1904 she was wise enough to turn her gaze away from the grand ruins of the land and record her observations of the natural world.
Bird notes from the Nile is a slim volume full of gentle observations and delicate drawings of the many birds that inhabit the Nile region. The roseate pelican, the Egyptian goose, herons, hoopoes, and white-winged wagtails all flit through these pages. Lady Cecil describes cream colored coursers, pigeons and short-eared owls as they sail and swoop around the antique river—paying no mind to the monuments that form the background to their play. After all, who's to say which is the more ancient?
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