Mohamed Arabi is known as the ‘Birdman of Aswan’ and no bird escapes his eye. He has been taking twitchers and documentary-makers on the Nile for many years, but is also happy to take amateurs. Call him direct.

His small speedboat glides into the channels between the islands while he points out the vegetation; sunbirds; hoopoes; purple, squacco, striated and night herons; pied kingfishers; little and cattle egrets; redshanks; and many other birds.