A really good morning at Besor reservoir today. There was quite a storm last night and the remains of it was still with us. Cold wind and dark clouds. Challenging conditions for photography but this Great Spotted Cuckoo came out ok.
A single Pallid Harrier flew along the top reservoir before heading down the Besor stream. A couple of Marsh Harriers turned up, including this brown morph.
As I crossed the bridge back to the carpark I heard the croak of a Nightingale calling. So, nothing too special but a great mix of quality birds.
Checked out the composting site yesterday but a fair number of the wagtails seemed to have moved on and I couldn't relocate the Citrine x Yellow hybrid. Nice lutea though.
Thursday, 29 March 2018
The composting site that turned up the 'xanthophrys' Yellow Wagtail last year was packed with wagtails yesterday, at least a couple of hundred. I could have spent hours there sorting through them but didn't have the time. Here're some that stood out. Pick of the bunch is this Citrine wagtail in plumage that I haven't seen before.
M. f. melanogrisea I think. . . . .
The Besor reservoir was quite birdy with Grey and Purple Herons, plenty of duck (Wigeon, Gargeny, Pin-tail, Teal, Shoveller, Mallard), Short-toed Eagle and Pallid Harrier.
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
As is usual for mega wheatears here I'm probably the last one to twitch it. I wasn't too bothered if I dipped as the bird was located on Mt Amasa. I only visit this site once or twice a year but it is always a delight. I arrived early and was joined by two bird photographers. We quickly found the bird but the views were not enough for one of the photographers who tried to get as close as possible (fair enough) using zero field skills (not fair enough). Initially the bird allowed a fairly close approach but he managed to scare it. His repeated attempts resulted in the bird flying off down the valley. Very frustrating to watch. I left them to it and spent a very pleasant hour or two on the hillside enjoying other birds - a Long Billed Pipit displaying, Woodchat Shrikes, Orphean and Spectacled Warblers, Blue Rock-thrushes and Cuckoos being the highlights. Moving round the hill I was gratified to see the photographers finally drive off. Patience rewarded with some cracking views!
Other highlights of the day - this very photogenic Spectacled Warbler
On the way back to Nir Oz I detoured by the Besor Reservoir. Lots of water, lots of shallow pools but very few birds. Gratifying though to see a Purple Swamphen (terrible record shot, distance and heat haze is my excuse) back on this site
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