Hoopoe Lark is another classic desert lark I failed to connect with Ken.
What a shame about Km33. I try not to walk too far these days as I have terrible back ache afterwards.
But I have the Israel bug now and can't wait to go back.
Cheers Ken, Baz for your words of kind encouragement.
4 days just allows you to scratch the surface really, now I can't wait til next spring to go back and spend hours at places like Se'ifim Plain and KM82, now I've got the commoner 'lifers' out of the way. Namaqua Dove is another I missed, as...
Cheers Paul, I wouldn't claim it despite my clear desperation to 8-P.
The bird I saw definitely had that honey buzzard-like staring and almost pertruding eyes, perhaps the eye colour wasn't as blatantly obvious as I made out in my earlier post, but the sighting was so brief and then it kept...
And seen exactly where I saw my putative bird - at Km20 Date Palms on 28/3- just a few days after my possible sighting. Just to infuriate me even more!
I know I am clutching at straws here, but would a Steppe Buzzard roosting in Date Palms fly around from one tree to another in quite rapid succession?
Of course it would:smoke:................. I am so annoyed I didn't spend more time trying to see it properly now though. Could have been the...
Cheers Mark, Steve, Paul, very likely just a Steppe Buzzard but who knows. If it was a Crested Honey Buzzard, it was not pinned down to I/d unfortunately. It just looked a bit Honey Buzzard-ish with its glaring yellow and black eyes. The head was all I really saw, as it flitted between date palm...
Cheers Steve, I wish I had had access to such information whilst there, but I wasn't staying at the Agamin hotel.
Yes I intend on returning, now I've got the Israel birding bug. So much to see there!
Even thought I had a couple of Levant Sparrowhawks over Holland Park, but too early for them...
Wow just shows how I just scratched the surface with routine species. At km82 I actually drove out onto the plain to the right of the wadi at least one km, but no luck. I found Yotvata tough but did not even go to the sewage works .
I did literally walk all over se'ifim plain but it is a vast...
I heard no news about temmincks nor hoopoe lark nor Namaqua doves frustratingly Steve.
Thinking of returning in February next year to have potentially more chance of some larks plus Syrian serin and Sinai rose finch and maybe pallid scops owl.
I was generally birding by myself , quite a tall...
Thanks Jos, and Mark.
I don't Jos, its just yours set the standard for entertainment. Hope that book's coming along! Yeah I guess you would struggle to get in mate, would be interesting to be a fly on the wall if you did ever try to get into Israel:eek!:
That's interesting what you say about...
I'm really pleased people enjoy the read Ian, thank you.
To be honest I would rather have seen Namaqua Dove than Black Bush Robin. Its the one I really wanted to see, as well as Temmincks and Thick-billed Larks.
Not complaining though, and I want to go back again, but trying to work out when...
Cheers Bubbs, yes it took all day, but mine are a poor mans version of Jos's quality reports whose I roughly try to base them on.
But I enjoy reading other reports and find some of them extremely useful for when I visit.
Another set of photographs :
1) Arabian Babbler at Upper Negev on Route 40
2) Brown-Necked Raven in Negev Desert from Route 40 (km 58)
3) Black-Bush Robin at Hai-bar Nature Reserve
4) Black Bush Robin again
More photographs - of birds, not good ones!
1) Steppe Eagle on rock face
2) Little Green Bee-eater at Lotan Kibbutz
3) Mourning Wheatear at Se'ifim Plain
4) White-crowned Black Wheatear in Eilat mountains
Some photographs from the trip: -
1) Map of Eilat, Hotel Almog is situated on the perimeter road linking Route 90 to Route 12
2) Hotel Almog on the perimeter road of Eilat
3) The upmarket hotel scene next to Eilat North Beach
4) The evening meal at Almog!!
5) Route 12 through the Eilat...
I travelled with my brother as an "Israel virgin" to enjoy a relaxed short break in and around Eilat, right on the southern tip of Israel and a 250 mile drive from Tel Aviv, where we landed.
Excellent flights with EasyJet to Tel Aviv from London Luton made the trip possible. Costing...