Sunday, March 22, 2020

Desert Social Distancing

Last week I worked for a couple of days in the desert. Solo birding seems to be the best way of Social Distancing for me. Weather was quite tough actually, very cold and harsh winds. This did reduce breeding activity of some species, but eventually I encountered most species I had expected, including MacQueen's Bustards, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Cream-coloured Courser, Bar-tailed Lark and Pale Rockfinch. At some spots also many migrants. Desert serenity is the best solution (for me) to deal with this Corona pandemic.

Trumpeter Finch in wonderful desert bloom, following exceptional winter rain

Streaked Scrub-Warbler carrying a spider to a recently-fledged young

Fine example of Sahara Great Grey Shrike

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler - quite many around

At Be'erotayim Grove the hume's Warbler is still present. Bloody camera didn't focus

Part of a small flock of Lesser Kestrels foraging on beetles in this flowering meadow

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