Friday, October 30, 2009
However it was pretty windy and not too many birds were about. The alfalfa fields held a large mixed flock of pipits and skylarks, with one Richard's among the many red-throats, meadow and water. Near the reservoir one male Caucasian Stonechat (veriegata) showed well. Almost got bogged with the car while trying to cross the wild Sorek stream but managed to get through.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
These Tooded Wheatears are amazing. I see them so easily when I'm not guiding birders, but somehow when I'm guiding they just disappear...
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Actually, Elifaz sewage was the only site which had good numbers of birds - it looks quite promising for November, when I'm sure it will host a good sibe. But till then, I had to settle with many acros (all those I saw well were reeds), several Savi's Warblers, Indian Silverbills etc.
So it wasn't too frustrating for me to end the morning's birding and go to Eilat for some diving...
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Driving south from my house, I hit some serious weather - quite exceptional at this time of the year. This weather must have knocked down loads of birds in the center of the country, but the south was rather quiet.
The first bird I saw as I walked into the park was a Red-breasted Flycatcher, chased by a Redstart. I lost touch with the bird for a while, but eventually refound it in a distant part of the park. Even though it is not a true rarity in Israel, this is still one of my favorite birds. I was surprised though to find only one - I was hoping for more. Yesterday Barak Granit had seven at Yeroham :-( Checked this bird very hard but no, it wasn't a Taiga...
In the park, birds were rather few. However there were some nice birds around. This Wryneck was very obliging, feeding on ants intensively. I crawled on the wet lawn on my belly and got quite good shots:
There were quite many Redstarts and Spotted Flys between the trees. Also Willow Warblers and Blackcaps were rather common in the canopies. Some Tree Pipits were flying around.
Many Nubian Ibex were feeding in the park, mainly juveniles and females. These funny animals are so tame, and it was nice to watch the interaction between the animals, including males having some sexual adventures with each other... However they were quite worried each time I got my 'big-daddy' camera out of the bag and fled for two meters.
Later I drove through the irrigated fields. There were some Red-throated Pipits and Short-toed Larks feeding. I saw one distant buzzing Oriental Skylark but didn't get any decent views of it.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
We had a fine morning - good weather, nice catch, great variety and pleasent company. The most numerous species ringed were Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Reed Warblers.
Great Reed Warbler
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The most dominant species in the field were Yellow Wagtails (mostly flava-types) and Willow Warblers. Pipits showed in good numbers too, with tens of Red-throats already, and smaller numbers of Tree and Tawny. Two Richard's Pipits were good birds, but unfortunately they did not cooperate for photography.