Today (actually already yesterday – it’s late!) I headed down towards Eilat with Mark and Amity to join the Eilat Bird Festival /COTF / IBOC events.
We made a quick stop at Har Amasa that was simply brilliant. There were birds everywhere, and what quality.
I was really looking forward to arrive on site and hear the cicada-song of Pale Rock Sparrow as soon as I open the car windows – and that’s exactly what happened.
One of my favourite birds. Tens of them present, singing and displaying. Bliss.
We then birded the slopes and enjoyed every minute. On the ground and up in the air. The Persian Wheatear, still present, showed very well:
Still no success with that jump-shot exposing that tail pattern and pale underwing coverts:
Normal Rock Sparrow
Lots of gorgeous Cretzschmar’s Buntings present.
The females get photographed less – that’s unfair and discriminating:
Among them managed to find one Cinereous Bunting – at last grabbed a few snaps. Not the high quality I wanted, yet a photo-tick…
Photobombed by a fritillary
Drove all the way down to Eilat only to head straight back up to the Dead Sea region, leading a tour for the Eilat Bird Festival. It was a great tour, with top-quality species – African Swamphen, Desert Owl and Nubian Nightjar.
Now time to sleep. Good night!