· The first two hours of daylight are critical as the birds are far more active and the heat haze has not yet started so being on site at dawn (6:30 a.m. for us) is essential.
· In the desert (such as the
· Heed the advice re water intake in the desert (up to 8 litres per day). You will suffer if you don’t. And wear a hat!
· If possible, avoid birding on public holidays and Shabbat (Saturday) as disturbance from four-wheel drives and other users of the countryside can be intense.
· The current guides to the hot-spots of northern and southern Israel are now rather out of date so be aware of the need to check key facts independently (for example, the road to the ski-lift car park in Mount Hermon now closes at 3:30 not 5:00 p.m.).
· We used a hire car (Eldan.co.il are very good value) and drove approximately 1600 km. Road quality and signage in
· Camping sites were generally good, in that showers and toilets were available, but the ground can be impervious to tent pegs (not really surprising). Water and snacks were bought at 24/7 stores and the numerous petrol stations. Evening meals were taken at restaurants. The food was always excellent and came in large portions!
We’re already planning a return trip.