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.
NW India - 9th to 22nd February 2020 (Kosi River, Corbett NP, Haripur Dam, Pangot, Sattal, Chopta, Walterre)
If you look through the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp, 2011) you cannot help noticing the huge range of s...
NW India - 9th to 22nd February 2020 (Kosi River, Corbett NP, Haripur Dam, Pangot, Sattal, Chopta, Walterre)If you look through the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp, 2011) you cannot help noticing the huge range of s...
Spent the weekend in Eilat. Met up with Shachar at the bird park which was quiet except for some Penduline Tits. We then headed for the date...
We had one final morning before we had to return to Tbilisi for flights back home. Where else to go then but the famed Armash fish ponds?...