Northern Israel is experiencing a severe bird flu breakout that has resulted in the death of at least 5,200 migratory cranes. Experts believe that the outbreak started once cranes made contact with infected smaller birds kept by farmers. This outbreak has resulted in farmers being required to slaughter thousands of chickens in an attempt to […]
Israel is set to extend wildlife protections to two types of birds, banning the hunting of turtle doves for three years and banning the hunting of quail altogether, Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg announced Wednesday. The move to ban hunting of turtle doves for three years comes at the request for the Convention on the […]
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 […]
The Eilat region in Israel is a bottleneck for migratory birds passing from Europe and Asia to Africa. Each spring half a billion birds pass through this region on the return journey to their breeding grounds in Europe and Asia. Many of these birds are endangered and most face dwindling populations due to habitat loss, […]
The Basalt Wheatear is still present and while many birders came to search for it. Also to enjoy the many Asian Desert & Spectacled Warblers. It’s been very long since a Kurdish Wheatear was seen around the Southern Arava.
As the season progress more and more migrants are found on a daily basis. In fact it is so hectic that I cant find the time to sit and write all the updates, so below is a very quick review of what was seen in the past 10 days: On 13th while guiding a happy […]
In 2013 a male Barn Owl, with two females and 17 nestlings that fledged, out of the 20 eggs that were laid in an abandoned waterhole on the Judean Plain. As far as we know, this is the first documented case in Israel and perhaps in the world. The breeding cycle and the photographs were […]