Finally they arrived- a small flock of Sociable Lapwings in the Negev fields. Hope they will stay there during winter.
A red Crested Pochard was seen a coupl of days ago in Gesher ponds (Beit Shean Valley).
Winter is the time for different Duck species, in which the red crested Pochard is one of the more unique among the Ducks.
An amazing Verreux's Eagle wasseen in a Wadi near Eilat for the past couple of weeks
As i dont write here too often, i have decided to welcome spring migrationwith wonderfull pics that were taken in the field not too long ago. I am having a great spring observations with many birds.
It has been a while since i last posted....need todo it more often.
In any case, winter is evident and this is the time to bird in northern israel, especially the Hula valley area and Beit shean valley. Have been birding in those sites quite a lot recently.
Many birds are out there , woth mentioning the rare ones: Demoiselle crane and Barnacle Goose which were spoted in the hula area.
A rare visitor, wallcreeper, was seen in southern israel in Ein ovdat vadi- what a great bird to see.....
Go out birding, but dont forget to wear warm clothes.
As 2018 is just starting, i wanna wish all my friends and colleagues a happy new year and great birding this year.
The first day of 2018 began here in Israel with some rain. Hope it will continue and we will have anough rain throughout winter.
Attaching an excellent pic that was taken by my friend Ron Haran while birding together in the western Negev a couple of weeks ago.
As i was trying to decide which bird described winter for me, i had chozen the elegant and beautiful Sociable Lapwing which can be seen now at the western Negev.
That Plover species consider to be rare in Israel, yet permanent and can be seen almost each year during winter, mainly in the western Negev (but not only).
Similar to other Lapwings- it has 3 colours while flying and is very elegant.
Its population had decline dramatically during the last decade, estimation of only 11,000 birds remain.