Interesting happenings at Besor. The reservoir reconstruction continues and now about half the dry bed has been dug down by about 1.5 - 2.0 m. In some places the water table is showing through with fresh water in the equipment tracks. This morning Bluethroats were the order of the day - I saw 25-30 in the small area I checked with many others calling in the undergrowth so maybe triple figures in the reservoir basin? They were the commonest bird (bar spadgers, hoodies and bulbuls). Took a lot of photos as they came to the puddle to bathe.
Bluethroats have a knack of looking immaculate even after bathing in less than clean water.
Also, in the dry parts, quail jumping up from under my feet. Six or seven times. More interesting was the number of Namaqua Doves - at least a dozen, including juveniles. With no rain yet I guess they've come in for the water.
Finally a Purple Heron here. About time!
Friday, 27 October 2017
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Had a productive morning at the smallest puddle at Besor. Lots of migrants with good numbers of some species. Didn't see anything that was out of the ordinary but when these birds are unaccountably not around one misses them. All the birds below were feeding/drinking around a puddle barely larger than a (big) dining table.
Bluethroats (a fine red-spotted one that sat in mostly in the shade)
Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers
Lots of Lesser Whitethroats,
and all the Willow Warblers that seem to have been missing over the last few weeks - so many today.
A very pretty Jack Snipe came to the water's edge to feed.
On to the bigger puddle for a single Black Stork,
Red-rumped Swallow - I never get tired of them.
Quiet as usual on the Nir Oz fields except for a trio of Monk Parrots - a spill-over from a neighbouring population somewhere.
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