Thursday, April 24, 2014


Yesterday was the first day of a four-day field trip of our Wildlife Monitoring Course to the south. We spent most of the day at Hazeva with the research team there. They demonstrated well how they use their intimate data and knowledge of their reserach animals for better conservation of the region. And in addition, of course, the babblers are always very entertaining.

Arabian Babbler & Ayla Rimon

It was very hot so not too many birds around but during the day we had one fast eleonora's Falcon, several Namaqua Doves, quite many Desert Finches and more migrants on the ground. On the way out had this incredible dinosaur-like Egyptian Mastigure (kind of spiny-tailed lizard) - what an animal!

Egyptian Mastigure (Uromastyx aegyptia)

Had a great dinner at the IBRCE with the team there - barbeque and beer - cannot think of a better way to end the day. Thanks to Tzadok, Yael, Liri, Roni and the rest of the team.

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