The Royal Albertros Moderna turned out to be a great choice of hotel and as with most of the hotels along the beach had a timber jetty stretching out 250m or so to the edge of the reef for those wishing to indulge in scuba diving for which the Red Sea is world famous.
It was a great time to be up and about as the beach was quiet with very few people about and there was more chance of catching up with birds feeding along the shoreline which would disappear as the sunworshippers descended on the beach.
There were always Laughing Doves around the grounds and each hotel seemed to have it's own Common Kestrel patrolling for a feed,along the shoreline Western Reef and Little Egret fed with both Common and Pied Kingfishers diving for a meal.
The occassional tern (mainly Caspian) passed and Sooty Gulls loafed along the shoreline.
Waders consisted mainly of Greenshank and Grey Plover feeding in the shallows with Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers,Spur-winged Plovers,and Little Ringed,Ringed and Kentish Plovers resting in the sand away from the shoreline.
Outside the pristine hotels Sharm is a town typical of most middle eastern countries ie scruufy with a lot of ongoing development and directly across the road from the hotel was a development site with some pools and sandy/muddy areas where we found Spotted Redshank,Greenshank,Ringed Plover,Bluethroat,flyover Rock Martin,Little and Cattle Egrets,Barn Swallow and Coot.
Our first stop was Safaga on the opposite side of the Red Sea from Sharm and my only new bird was a small group of White-eyed Gulls roosting on a concrete breakwater.
I ventured into town on the afternoon of the first day and added House Crow,Spectacled Bulbul and Chiffchaff to my list before a visit into a local diving shop enabled me to find out about the Aqaba Bird Observatory about a half hour taxi ride from the city centre and near the border with Israel.
Basically the observatory is an extension of Aqaba Sewage Works which consists of very large concrete edged pools with more "natural" reedy pools excavated and planted out with a very nice modern visitor centre and offices offering some invaluable shade and cool.
Sharm El Sheikh was a great place to visit and the birding is excellent with certain species that can only be seen in this small corner of the Middle East,it must be fantastic during peak migration.
If I did it again I would prefer to stay the full two weeks in a beach hotel as this provides better birding opportunities and if we had stayed the second week I would certainly have ventured even further afield.
I didn't manage a huge trip list my final total being 75 species,it did however include some quality birds of which 28 were "lifers".