The answer, for me, was taking the sunrise 'Safari Tour' (Scops Owl calling in the pre-dawn wait) and the sharp eyes of Noa and Anat who quickly spotted the juvenile.
A little while later I just managed to single out the adult in the throng....
A truly gorgeous bird.
The cranes didn't seem particularly bothered by this Jungle Cat
The cranes are much more interested in their morning feed.
Otherwise, the lake held two small flocks of Ruddy Shelduck,
Apparently Black-winged Kites are the commonest raptor here now!
At the Hula Lake reserve I heard several Black Francolin and Great Spotted Cuckoos singing but couldn't see them. The White Tailed Eagles were in their favourite trees
and a quick tour of the reserve turned up a few Black Storks, a cracking Marsh Sandpiper,
some great views of Glossy Ibis (very common but, like Starlings, endlessly variable depending on the light),
and dozens of Marsh Harriers around.
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