Monday 21 September 2015

Namaqua Doves

One of the great things about birding here is that almost every day brings something different - yesterday on the way home through the Nir Oz fields I was amazed to see a Cream-coloured Courser! Unfortunately it flew off into the fields and I couldn't relocate it. Apparently they haven't been seen around here for many years. This is a great patch tick for me.

I've been checking the sewage ponds at Revivim - today, a pair of Namaqua Doves. I've seen them here a couple of times before but never giving such good views.

Lots of common stuff around (Ringed and Little-ringed Plovers,
both stints, Black-tailed Godwits,

and Glossy Ibis,
Snipe (this is another one that is a bit confusing to me - short bill (bill length is significantly less than 2 x head length), white spots on covert tips BUT no obvious barring extending down flanks and the bird doesn't look that stocky.

Ruff, Wood and Common Sandpipers, stilts etc).

Besor Reservoir continues to dry up but yesterday a Great White Egret and half a dozen Grey Herons were new for the season.

Lots of Roller around still.

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