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  1. Paul Chapman

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    Frightening indeed. I had a rather unpleasant experience with a large dog in Georgia which went for me at a well known Wallcreeper site. I was grateful for my boots when it went for my calves and it ripped through my raincoat which it had sunk its teeth into and pulled. It certainly gave me a...
  2. Paul Chapman

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    Nick You have really added some information here to the wealth of information already out there. Many thanks
  3. Paul Chapman

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    I confess that I wasn't even aware of the Israeli articles. Have you got links? I was only aware of the population through conversations last year and I suspect my exchanges this year about sensitive areas may have referred to breeding rather than feeding areas. Dead jealous despite a single...
  4. Paul Chapman

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    The Eilat Mountains & the Ein Gedi amphitheatre were the traditional sites before access became more interesting. No access to deserts/wadis at night, limited approvals for guides, etc. (Indeed, in 2010, I believe I know the wadi in the Eilat Mountains where our minibus got stuck in a failed...
  5. Paul Chapman

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    It is a Wadi that appears in a couple of times on the Netfugl listings:- http://www.netfugl.dk/ranking.php?id=wp&mode=hhhb&species_id=466 Less information on Bubo:- https://bubo.org/view-listers-for-species.html?loc=3&auth=IOC_WP&period=0&year=&type=0&spec_id=100308 All the best
  6. Paul Chapman

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    Those Black Kites can be a problem. I called a Booted Eagle on our trip originally which I downgraded to a Black Kite after we'd pulled over. All the best
  7. Paul Chapman

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    Indeed. Certainly The Birds of Israel (Shirihai 1996) gives it as an 'occasional or extremely rare migrant and winter visitor' and lists individual records suggesting low single figures per year. I had forgotten how big & heavy that book is until I got it out to read up the owls & nightjars...
  8. Paul Chapman

    Trying to sweep up in Southern Israel 21-26 February 2020

    Nick Fantastic read. (Bitterly regretting not having followed my original instincts to include Kalia for our trip.) Your Swamphens would have been African (Green-backed) Swamphen rather than Grey-headed I believe. Grey-headed is in Turkey & Kuwait. African however is in Egypt amongst other...
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