Here are a few more of the birds we saw in Israel this Spring. I'm not putting them in systematic order yet - probably will later.
This is En Boqeq - a magical wadi that runs into the Dead Sea. It's amazing to see fresh water and green papyrus surounded by some of the most arid environment in the World.
I used a Nikon D80 with a Sigma 150-500 OS lens. I'm sure it can cope with the light in Israel - all photographic defects are down to me and lack of experience combined with a surfeit of excitement. As always though, maximum zoom is no substitute for proximity.
Scops owl - roosting at Lotan. A contender for bird of the trip.
Collared pratincole - another contender - very pleased to find this (and 12 others).
Cream coloured courser - we saw many at Nizzana. As luck would have it they were not phased by our car (unfortunately though, despite the close range, I was shooting into the morning sun).
White stork - sometimes we saw many hundreds circling upwards on thermals
Booted eagle - magnificent raptor!
Pallid harrier - several seen at Yotvata over 3 days
Montague's harrier - a truly superb male!
Marsh harrier - commonest harrier on the trip
Lesser kestrel hunting for insects on Mt Amasa, Arad. This was part of a flock of 9.
Palestine sunbird - widespread throughout Israel
Bee-eaters - some trees were full of them.
Red-throated pipit - numerous
Bluethroat - we saw mainly red spotted forms and only 1 or 2 white spotteds.
Siberian Stonechat - stunner!
Semi-collared flycatcher at Lotan
Yellow wagtail (beema race). The majority of yellow wagtails were blue- and black-headed races.
Blue rockthrush on Mt Amasa near Arad - the hillside was covered in flowers and herbs - a wonderful setting.
Sombre tit - strong contender for bird of the trip - we found a pair on the hill slopes near Neve Atif, near Mt Hermon. This is a poor record shot of a cracking little bird. The mist was descending and evening was drawing in - after 2 hrs of searching we were delighted to find these.
Trumpeter finches gathered in a shrub as a sand storm was starting,
and at Nizzana in the morning sun.
This is mainly a record of some of the birds I've seen. Many of the images are, at best, record shots.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Bird pics from Israel (March April) 2009
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