The bird life was pretty sparse but lack of species and numbers was amply compensated for by the incredible views I had - this amazingly tame White-crowned Wheatear flew literally to my feet,
And the first time I've seen one of these birds in vegetation!
One of a pair of Scrub Warblers wallcreeping for insects above the water.
Blue Rock-thrush - distant views only.
An ibex checking us out.
The nets at Sde Boker have been fairly quiet recently. However, we had a fifth (juv) Common Rosefinch - an exceptional year for this bird. Another Icterine Warbler was trapped, with Wryneck, Bluethroats and Little Green Bee-eater(!) adding some interest to the Redstarts, Blackcaps and other common migrants. Chiffchaffs are starting to replace Willow Warblers but generally, numbers have been on the low side for October so far - plenty of migration time left though!
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