Tuesday, April 25, 2017
A ubiquitous (and therefore usually ignored) part of the local avifauna, Spur-winged Lapwings are hard to miss in Israel, but they're an undeniably beautiful bird - especially if, as here, you get to see their eponymous but usually well hidden weapons-of-choice. This bird kindly decided to stretch just as we were passing close by at the saltpans in the warm evening sunshine, and thankfully (just) fitted in the frame while showing off its peculiar and magical little thorns.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
More mini-heron action from the Eilat area, this time involving Squaccos - well represented wherever there was water and/or vegetation, and always beautiful whether grounded or in flight, with that unmistakable explosion of white - as well as a tame Cattle Egret at the saltpans and a scruffy semi-resident Western Reef Egret on the beach. More to follow....
Saturday, April 8, 2017
One of the stand-out celebrities of the whole Champions of the Flyway week, this absurdly tame Little Bittern cared not for self-preservation or serenity, instead living on the edge (and within inches of traffic) on his chosen ornamental roundabout in downtown Eilat.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
After just checking the standings on the #COTF17 website, I'm very happy to report that we - the Birdwatch/Birdguides Roadrunners - finished the Champions of the Flyway race in a clear third place in the (most important) category - fundraising, for Doğa Derneği (Birdlife in Turkey) to help them combat the mass killing of migratory birds. At over £4,330 (and counting), we smashed our target and then some, thanks to the generosity of our friends, colleagues and complete strangers, all digging deep for a brilliant reason (see here).
To be absolutely honest, I didn't expect to raise so much, and I certainly didn't expect us to come out ahead of teams blessed with more members, corporate sponsors and backing from big optics companies - a testament to the power of social media (apologies for the bombardment!), and most gratifyingly, the sheer number of supporters who contributed (a whopping 168 of you at last count). Sincere thanks to each and every one of you - you're part of a brilliant team effort.
You can still donate of course - the birds don't care if you coughed up three months ago or in a few seconds time - and every penny is massively appreciated: here's the link if so: Donate here!
(Thanks to Dawn for photos, and both Dawn and Mike for being great team-mates)
Only in Israel... you raise your camera to photograph a Tree Pipit, which gets photobombed by one and then several Red-throated Pipits...
... which in turn are then photobombed by a Ortolan Bunting. How rude.
Take at the migrant hotspot and leave-me-to-die-there paradise of Neot Samadar fields & sewage works - truly an oasis in the desert....