Tuesday 24 April 2012

Collared Pratincole

Continuing on 'collared' theme, I've started checking the sewage pools at Revivim. As I approached the gates today I immediately noticed a pratincole fly up. In the short time it took to get out of the car the bird was away and flying fast. I did manage a couple of record shots - this one shows the reddish brown underwing nicely. Collared Pratincole - one of my favourites!

The pools are quite birdy - Dunlin,

Squacco Herons (adult and juv.)

Greenshank, Wood, Green and Common Sandpipers, Ruff, Little Stints. Yellow Wagtails, Bee-eaters etc. A good movement of House Martins and Swallows going through and a Peregrine keeping everything on its toes. This is definitely a place to keep an eye on.

In Sde Boker there are still many Ortolan moving through, Collared Flycatchers, Thrush Nightingale and Nightingale, Garden Warblers and hundreds of Blackcaps. Garden Warblers are really dull but still good to see so close up.

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