Israel 27th April - 5th May 2010 (Part 2)


Little Green Bee-eater


Honeys (click to enlarge).
Three of the typical variations of Honey Buzzard can be seen here.


This male Honey Buzzard was found dead by the side of the road


Looking for Temminck's Lark in the baking heat


Wood Sandpiper


Checking the saltpans at Eilat Birdwatching Centre


Scanning the skies


Little Stint


Cruising the Israeli highways


The back of a Thick-billed Lark!


Spur-winged Plover


& Spur-winged Plover chick


Collared Pratincole


Spanish Sparrow




The scenery was impressive


Sand Partridge


Quail - the first time I'd actually seen one, after hearing plenty over the years.

Mourning Wheatear


Up into the mountains we go


North Beach, Eilat



Levant Sparrowhawk


At times I got the feeling we were birding quite close to the Jordan border


Greater Flamingo



Broad-billed Sandpiper - After 15 years of birding I finally caught up with one!


One of the oldies can't keep up with the pace


Alan comes back from nod land

Israel 27th April - 5th May 2010 (Part 1)

Slender-billed Gull


North Beach, Eilat at sunset

Masked Shrike (female)


Honey Buzzard


Some of the little critters really did blend in well with their surroundings



With such big areas to cover, locating target birds wasn't exactly easy! (note Howard in the distance)


Red-backed Shrike (female)


Rufous Bush Chat


Nubian Ibex


Smart building on a Kibbutz


Namaqua Doves


Kentish Plover


House Crows


You could see three countries from this viewpoint. Egypt is on the far right, the mountain in the foreground on the left is in Israel & the distant mountains also on the left being part of Jordan.

The border with Egypt


Alan clearly wasn't afraid of heights (click to enlarge)


Howard scanning for raptors

Yellow-vented Bulbul


In the middle of the desert we found the above - Temminck's Lark. We then had great views of a pair feeding young at the nest.


We also came across this material in the middle of the desert. Unfortunately the rest of the material is too pornographic to publish here (if you want to borrow it just give me a shout)


Bee-eaters were quite a common sight (click to enlarge)


Seawatching at North Beach, Eilat


We weren't sure what this sign said but we got the impression we shouldn't enter (note one of the team in the distance)

Black-winged Stilt


Curlew Sandpipers


(Desert) Little Owl


Two of the group sneaked off for a quick beer


After sampling one or two bottles, I can highly recommend Israeli beer (note the ornithological theme on the label)


Random little critter


White-winged Black Tern


The Grimsby (& Healing) boys on tour