Upcher’s Warblers

Upcher’s Warblers



This morning I went out birding with Piki, Micha and Stefan in E Lakhish hills.

It was my first visit to this wonderful part of the country since my return from the UK.

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As the days are already very hot now, we started super early when it was actually quite chilly (7⁰C!).

As we stepped out of the car we immediately heard Long-billed Pipits singing and families of Spectacled Warbler trrrrrrrring.

Our main interest was in Upcher’s Warblers – this is one of the few parts of the country where they breed. We covered some ground and ended up with at least five territories – quite good density.

Apart for one male who was super active – singing and displaying like a boss, other individuals kept a low profile and were rather quiet – stayed low in the bushes and did not vocalise.

I managed one half-decent photo of this quality breeding species, and a couple more distant shots of the Big Macho.

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I have had close encounters with this species before , so I did not invest too much time in photography.

Other birds typical for this habitat were Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Cretzschmar’s Bunting and Woodchat Shrikes. Add to that a sprinkle of late migrants, and you end up with a decent morning of birding.

Woodchat Shrike

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Turtle Dove – such a joy and at the same time so sad to see them

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Palpares libelluloides

– thanks Avner

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Thanks to P, K & S for a great morning.

 

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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.

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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.

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