Lior Kislev (www.tatzpit.com) guided us for a day in the Golan - a truly memorable day with Lior's awesome expertise and good humour. Stunning landscape as a backdrop to one of the best day's birding I've had.
Black Francolin - beautiful bird.
One of a pair of Little Owls outside their nest by the roadside.
Calandra lark was on our target list and Lior knows a great spot for them. We had superb views of them singing and displaying.
Siberian Stonechat on Mt. Susita.
And, of course, Long-billed Pipit. Again, at Mt. Susita, this one flew up from the roadside and settled on a rock nearby.
Common migrants but always great to see. Red-rumped Swallow,
and the ever-photogenic Bluethroat.
Quite a few Rupell's Warblers around too.
No trip to Nizzana and Ezuz is complete with seeing MacQueen's Bustard - we had three flying around.
Raptors - we did well with 22 species. Short-toed Eagles were almost the commonest raptor. They seemed to be wheeling around and/or displaying whenever we looked up.
Not so the Booted Eagle - only one of these (Hula).
Raptor of the trip was Black-winged Kite at Agamon Hula. We had a pair here. Gorgeous birds.
Detailed trip report coming . . . !
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