Monday 13 October 2014

Namaqua Dove

Netta and I had a quick visit to Besor Reservoir again this morning. No Baillon's but yesterday's Namaqua Dove turned up sitting on the fence surrounding the reservoir. Terrible shots, against the light but a useful record. As mentioned previously, this is the furthest northwest I've seen them (although apparently the first record of this species in Israel was in 1961 in the northwest Negev).

Other good birds this morning were Jack Snipe, Tawny Pipit (new for me at this site), large numbers of Bluethroats and Common Kingfishers, Little Crake and Water Rail, excellent views of Clamorous Reed Warbler. Also, the winter's first Lapwings and Red-throated Pipits have turned up Nir Oz fields.

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