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  1. wolfbirder

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

    Anyone using my report to go to Kalia, especially the map I drew, please note there is one small error, as you head north on Route 90, the turn into Kalia Plantation is NOT as I stated 50 metres after the KM283 marker post, it IS around that spot but infact I believe the left turn is 100-200...
  2. wolfbirder

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

    Cheers Jan..........sorted as have deleted half:t:
  3. wolfbirder

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

    Thanks Mike, I always seem to have these moments when it comes to car hire ! It does seem to be just me. I can laugh at myself now. With the Nightjars, I'm surprised they haven't been reported more often, bearing in mind they are known to breed at the northern end of the Dead Sea. I hope many...
  4. wolfbirder

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

    Just read the whole report again, that experience would have killed me. fantastic enterprising birding!
  5. wolfbirder

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

    Dan, now that would be very concerning. Do hyenas growl? Genuine question.
  6. wolfbirder

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

    Interesting stuff, cheers Steve. That's one impressive-looking Viper! They are nocturnal hunters too, flipin eck I didn't even know about them. Sadly, yeah its looking increasingly likely that getting into Israel is going to get more difficult.
  7. wolfbirder

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

    I'm not convinced that I definitely saw the 2 Wolves I mentioned, it just seems far more likely to be jackals of course. Their stride was more like a german shepherd though as they sprinted, and being chased in 4 x 4s makes me think wolf is more likely. I doubt people bother chasing jackals in...
  8. wolfbirder

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

    Hi Café Birder That reduces it to just fear of hyenas then.:king: I had read that Wolves had been trying to take young children recently in Israel, from campsites. Also read that Wolves and Striped Hyenas had even joined forces as a pack to find potential prey, utilising the respective...
  9. wolfbirder

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

    Didn't know that Jeff. Hopefully you will be ok, but it won't affect me as earliest I will be looking at any return is 2021. But sounds like they are being proactive about it, rather than reactive.
  10. wolfbirder

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

    As I'm getting on a bit, what worries me most is being attacked by hyenas or Wolves, yet i know the chance is slight as they are bloody hard to find, but at the same time I know my strength is not as it used to be. And being by myself too. I think Israel is fantastic for birding overall, hence...
  11. wolfbirder

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

    I agree with everything Steve says, it is extremely safe and there are great birds. Most birders won’t venture into the West Bank (Palestine). The 5 nights accommodation came to £450 so yes it’s not cheap. Flights with EasyJet cost about £200, and car hire including insurance was about £300...
  12. wolfbirder

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

    Its all good fun ain't it Jeff, but shows the pitfalls of birding in such hostile and difficult environments. I was extremely grateful the temperatures were nice this time. As for the Dead Sea John, it doesn't even look vaguely enticing, I'll leave it to others to enjoy its buoyancy. I watched...
  13. wolfbirder

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

    Last few photos Final set of photographs: - 1) Kalia Plantation highlighting just how excellent access is with this road going the length north to south of the plantation, home of Pallid and European Scops Owls. 2) Another graffiti covered building at Kalia Historic Hotel. 3) Shaded bushes at...
  14. wolfbirder

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

    A few more photographs If you like culture and scenery: - 1) On Route 31 just as you reach the Dead Sea, you see these columns marking the Dead Sea lookout. 2) At the same location there is this look out point. 3) The view looking from the above point down into Wadi Zohar. You can see the...
  15. wolfbirder

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

    Everyone says you should try floating in the Dead Sea Ken. I can't remember who told me, but one birder I met at Spurn told me he did just that and then forgot to wash the salt off, and by the end of the day when he had been out birding, he had developed the most awful sores around his groin and...
  16. wolfbirder

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

    Ha, like it Ken. Much of Southern Israel is undoubtedly devoid of vegetation, and although the Dead Sea is a very apt description, I find the variety of landscapes harsh but fascinating. But you are right, driving through them for hours on end can be mentally unstimulating to say the least.
  17. wolfbirder

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

    Hi Paul This article is all I really found, so I knew they were round there, but to be honest I just ran into them at Kalia Fields - there was no real groundwork I can take credit for, just luck I think. The fields do not appear to be their breeding site, but their feeding site...
  18. wolfbirder

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

    Thanks Larry, I hope the information is ok to divulge (Kalia etc) but the info is in the public domain anyway, I’ve just made it more public. The open onion fields clearly attract moths and hence the Nightjars, but they apparently breed on a closed military area on the receding sandy beaches of...
  19. wolfbirder

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

    It’s stunning isn’t it Chris. A lot of southern Israel is pretty bland but it varies so much. I love the mountains especially.
  20. wolfbirder

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

    A few more photos from the trip...................I love scenery mobile phone shots (:-. 1) The expansive Hameishar Plain, with vegetation looking very worn out and thin. 2) Wadi Dragot, looking back down to the left to Route 90 from the most obvious watchpoint, though you can go higher. There...
  21. wolfbirder

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

    Wow look at that, wonder if its changed much? Presumably not too much. They are so enigmatic, there is something really special about the desert, and its ornithological treasures.
  22. wolfbirder

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

    I'm running out of birds to see there to be honest Dan, though you would expect that after spending an accumulative 18 days birding! But its always great birding there. And I still need 2 biggies in Desert Owl and Thick-billed Lark. So will have to return one day. I also ought to try further...
  23. wolfbirder

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

    Cheers Paul, obviously many are just saying Dead Sea area, but it surprises me just how many have seen them in Eilat mountains too, I actually thought they were restricted to wadi's further north.
  24. wolfbirder

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

    Thanks Steve, Jan. Hope you both feed back any future trips you make, be really interested how anyone finds Kalia especially. Regards the Desert Owls, I thought the wadi's at Neve Zohar and Metsoke Dragot held great promise. But they are an unpredictable species. The Egyptian Nightjars...
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