RFI Jordan & Syria

To: Jill Dening <>
Subject: RFI Jordan & Syria
From: "Timothy Nye Dolby" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 11:16:03 +1000
> We will be in Jordan for four days in early March, then
> again , probably also Syria, for a fortnight in mid-April.
> Jill Dening 

Spent a couple of weeks in Syria recently. Two places to 

* If you are in Damascus make sure you visit the markets. 
There is an 'animal' section and they have lot of unusual 
birds for sales - a bid unsettling, but interesting 

* Also if you are in the area definately visit Palmyra - 
extrodinary ancient ruins. See:

And make sure you stay in the Hotel Zenobia! A range of 
unusual desert birds (make sure you have a descent guide!). 
The following is ok - and it also covers Europe. 

   Title: Birds of Europe : With North Africa and the 
           Middle East 
   Author:  Lars Jonsson, David Christie
   Publisher:  Princeton University Press 
   Date Published:  June 1996 


   Birds of the Middle East by R. F. Porter, P. 
   Schiermacker-Hansen, S. Christensen 

There is a ornithological society of the middle east - 

Just a general note on Syria and Jordan - it is safe. For 
example, one comment made about this area is that you can 
leave your bag on a street corner and it will still be 
there the next day. The people are extremely nice, although 
there is a lot of 'secret police' who are surprisingly 

Hope this helps and I would love to see your bird list. 

Tim Dolby   
Product Manager                              
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RMIT University 
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