Yesterday I met up with Mats from Sweden, and together we drove towards the Dead Sea region. Our first stop was for Sooty falcons - and indeed we found a pair showing interest in a nset site. They've just returned from God-knows-where, and will soon start breeding. This record shot of the male is from about 300 m, across the canyon.
Then we wento down to Neot Hakikar. Daytime birding was productive with Namaqua Doves, Clamorous Reed Warblers, Rufous Bush Robins etc. This Purple Heron was a bit of a surprise: