Yoav Perlman

Yoav Perlman

I have been birding since the age of 9, and from the age of 15 I started working professionally in birding. I have been working for the Israeli Ornithological Center since 1998. I was a member of the Israeli rarities committee between 2001 - 2007. I have an MSc in Ecology from the Ben Gurion University. I did my research on the ecology of Nubian Nightjars in Israel, and spent hundreds of nights with these fascinating birds. I lead tours in Israel, and especially focus on Nubian Nightjars obviously. I traveled and birded Asia extensively, and also Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and North America. I am married to my lovely wife Adva and father to two sons - Uri and Noam, and one daughter - Libby. Currently I live in Norwich, where I am starting a PhD project at UEA.

Apr 252017
 
Foreign visitors to the Algarve

Yesterday we took our day off and replaced the steppes of Alentejo with the saltmarshes, beaches and lagoons of the Algarve. It was a long and brilliant day, packed with quality stuff.  We left very early to arrive at our first site, Salinas do Forte do Rato in Tavira in good time. It was pretty […]

Mar 082017
 
Ranthambhore cleanup - birds

As I had limited wifi and time in Ranthambhore, my ‘real-time’ blogposts from there were rather brief. I did photograph a lot, so here is a collation of some photos taken during the 2.5 days of safari there, mainly of common birds. Asian Openbill Grey Francolin – very common Great Thick-knee. Great indeed Plum-headed Parakeets […]

Mar 022017
 
Kaziranga explosion

I have a lot of catching up to do, after several wifi-less days in Kaziranga NP, Assam. Our first day in the reserve was incredible. The weather was good, the birds were active and we just saw so many birds. Our guide, Rofikul, did a great job and our daily score was over 170 species! […]

Feb 072017
 
Bridled Monsterbill

Today I paid respect to the White-billed Diver / Yellow-billed Loon in Lincolnshire. It was rude of me not to go till now – EVERYONE in the country went and saw it. Some photographers got better results than others but generally it’s a showy bird. So eventually I couldn’t resist temptation and managed a neat […]

Jan 022017
 
Two days too late

I arrived for a short family visit in Israel yesterday afternoon. This morning, completely knackered after yesterday exhausting day of travel, I did the obvious thing – I went in the early morning to Ma’agan Michael to see the putative Asian House Martin – potentially the first for WP. Since it was found by Barak, […]

Dec 202016
 
Birds in the Holy Land - book by Thomas Krumenacker

In this post I want to present a beautiful new book published recently by my dear friend Thomas Krumenacker. This is not a book review (I write book reviews for Dutch Birding); it is rather a celebration of this wonderful creation by my friend. I am too involved in the book, and too close to […]

Dec 152016
 
The autumn that doesn't stop giving

Just as I was about to pack my birding gear up for the winter, news broke of this Dusky Thrush in Derbyshire. After the first positive news came in this morning, I joined Will (who luckily needed it for his Derbyshire list), Dan, Jake and Michael – all five of us crammed into Will’s feisty […]

Nov 242016
 
Waxwing fever

So what’s my story with Waxwing? Since childhood, I wanted to see Waxwings. In Israel they’re mythical rarities – a handful of records from the 1960’s and 1970’s, and that’s it. And they’re beautiful. And they’re unique. And despite originating from the cold boreal forest, they feel so exotic. And they toss berries up in […]

Nov 032016
 
Issy Wheatear and more

Yesterday was my birthday but I couldn’t go birding. So today I cashed in on my birthday credit, and went out with James (AKA The Driver), Dave, Phil and Will to Burnham Overy Dunes. Weather was looking good and we hoped to find Norfolk’s first Sibe Accentor. But when we got there we started complaining […]

Oct 192016
 
Sibe Accentor

Like half of the UK, I left home early with my Norwich mates Dave, Phil and Mikee and headed towards Spurn. Thanks to road closures on the A16 we got there about an hour after dawn when there was positive news of the bird but negative news about the scene – the words ‘henious’ and […]

Oct 142016
 
5 bars! Eastern Crowned Warbler!

Phew, what a day that was. Yesterday evening the news of an Eastern Crowned Warbler at Bempton Cliffs broke. I had planned a morning’s birding with Terry a long time ago, which I didn’t want to give up, plus I had stuff to do in the afternoon, so I peacefully (or not?) accepted that I […]