Today was eBird’s October Global Big Day. For me it was a day full of family commitments, so all I managed to do is a good and intensive morning session. I birded Tal Shachar and Tsor’a area, mostly solo but I joined some other birders there for short periods.
The big September push is gone, but there were still plenty of birds at some spots, and I made the most out of the variety. It was a solid morning, with new species getting onto my list continuously.
I had no real rarities, but relative highlights were a Richard’s Pipit (found yesterday by Piki), Wood Warbler, male Pallid Harrier, and sweet raptor migration. I ended up with 101 species – pretty satisfying IMO.
Sedge warbler in the alfalfa
Wood Warbler record shot
Lesser Spotted Eagles
Red-footed Falcon – adult male
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.