Saturday, April 26, 2014

Wildlife Monitoring Course - desert habitats

Last day of our field trip to the south. After focusing on monitoring methods in migrant habitats yesterday, today we focused on work in desert habitats. We left early and checked a couple of beautiful open desert sites in the southern Negev. Not too many birds around - Temminck's Lark that showed relatively well to our large group, some Trumpeter Finches, and few migrants. But we had some good reptile and butterfly activity (huge migration of Painted Ladies), and some interesting plants. Very educational day. 

Temminck's Lark 

Bosk's Fringe-fingered Lizard (Acanthodactylus boskianus)

 Desert White (Pontia glauconome)

Nice habitat

After we were done had a quick look at Neot Smadar - some migrants in the fields - Tree Pipits, Ortolans, Masked Shrikes etc. Good night.


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