This morning I went to Elkana, a small town east of Tel Aviv. Netanel Kave found three Olive-backed Pipits there almost two weeks ago, in a small park in the middle of town. The birds were showing nicely this morning. They are such neat birds. Their behaviour is really unique, very tame and very shy at the same time, in a very typical OBP manner - walking very low in the grass, flying up to trees. Photography was not easy - bad light (I really need a proper flash) and obscuring grass. But I cannot complain. OBP's are still pretty rare in Israel. I guess that these birds will overwinter there.
Urban birding - Israeli style
Their calls are very sweet and typical - these soft contact calls and semi-harsh alarm calls. I managed to get this recording using my phone, here hosted by Xeno-canto:
Thanks Amir for the directions.