Visited the Urim fields yesterday afternoon and in 30 minutes saw the Sociable Plovers, Saker, Peregrine, two Pallid Harriers and Long-legged Buzzard. The plovers were quite distant and in flight so the views were not that great. This morning I returned and was rewarded with reasonable views.
The Saker was on its usual pylon.
Not many harriers this morning - just this single male Hen Harrier. It put on a good show though.
My brother Rod was here for a week's birding. As always, it was great fun and, as always, we saw some great birds. King of the trip was this Arabian Warbler in the Arava.
We've seen Arabian Warbler before in the classic flight (away) with the diagnostic all-black tail as it goes from the acacia in front to . . . where? They have a habit of disappearing. This individual was different and gave us a very rare, sustained, view of a very rare bird.
The following day we saw this or another one and everything was back to normal - fleeting view in the canopy, followed by another fleeting view of bird-in-flight.
This was definitely bird of the trip for me - very fortunate to have had such superb views of this very special bird.