Back to life, back to reality

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Yesterday was my last day in Eilat as part of our three back-to-back international events (Eilat Bird Festival, COTF and IBOC). I spent the final morning at IBRCE, that at last was in proper form after admittedly slow days.

The trees were dripping with Lesser Whites, reedbed exploding with Reed Warblers, hirundines, pipits, wagtails, nightingales, shrikes, another Oriental Honey Buzzard – cool stuff (eBird checklist here). A most obliging female Little Crake in front one of the hides was the photographic highlight of the morning – I think I nailed it OK… I love those ripple reflections. Note the dirty forehead – result of walking through dense vegetation.

On the way home we just had to stop again at the unbelievably lush Hameishar Plains. It was pretty cold, overcast and windy, but bird activity was at full power. Huge flocks of Pale Rock Sparrows and Short-toed Larks, bushes exploding with Sylvias, pipits, buntings, chats – spring migration at its best. Nice to see some displaying Lesser short-toed Larks – will they breed? One Temminck’s Lark was pretty sweet.

Pale Hill Rockfinchsparrow

That tail pattern…

Temminck’s Lark


One of two female Sibe Stonechats present – wonder which subspecies:

This blurry photo of a huge Spiny-tailed Lizard is not great but gives a good idea of the productivity of the Plains this spring:

Sad to leave Eilat, but glad to return to my routine duties, that will include lots of fieldwork in the next few weeks.

Huge thanks to the team leading these events, especially Jonathan, Dan, Noam, Jessi and Mark, IBRCE team, my colleagues from IOC, and all the participants who made these events so awesome. Over and out.

 

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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.

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.

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