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Evason Ma'In Hot Springs and Spa, Jordan - March 2009

My family and I had a 3-day break to Ma'In in Jordan staying at the newly opened Evason Ma'In Hotel, situated 260m below sea level. This was a weekend to revitalise the soul, with time spent in the Spa and a day at the Dead Sea and I can say emphatically that it worked. Images by Mike Pope

As with any visit to a new location and country the urge to get out birding more than you should is difficult to control. I was up before breakfast most mornings to stroll around the hotel gardens and hot springs which pour out of the surrounding sandstone mountains. It is an excting time, as most birds seen could be new, the diversity around the hotel was limited but I enjoyed it nevertheless. African Rock Martins hawking over the hotel rooftop was a familiar species.
African Rock Martin

I was quite surprised to find a breeding pair of Blackbirds

Yellow vented Bulbuls were pretty common in the gardens
Yellow vented Bulbul

I was lucky to catch a large flock of migrating Cranes as they passed overhead - not a great image, but a good tick for me.

A walk down to the Spa produced a single Blackstart

Palestine Sunbirds were attracted to flowering plants in the gardens, this is the drabber female
Female Palestine Sunbird

and the unmistakeable male
Male Palestine Sunbird

The view of the Spa further down the sandstone valley from our window to give an idea of the tranquility of this hotel
Evason Ma'In Spa


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