Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
And in normal light:
We positioned ourselves quite poorly so almost nothing got close enough in decent light. There were quite a few Little Stints but they are little indeed:
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I have a few more similar images but I don't think they will contribute anything to the scientific community, so I will keep them to myself.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Other birds I had in the quality habitats were several families of Cream-coloured Coursers, and a few Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. The only migant of note was one Eurasian Cuckoo. On the way out I had a flock of 30 Red-rumped Swallows perched on wires - they are clearly on the move:
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
This is so frustrating. Europe is just exploding with semipalmations, white rumps and red necks, but here in Israel things are very very quiet. Haven't had a proper RBA for ages. And this morning was not different. Went to check my ponds at Ashdod. In fact there were relatively good numbers of shorebirds (100 Little Stints, many tringids), but nothing even semi-interesting. I had this ringed Little Stint, but was unable to get anything from the ring. Probably a bird I ringed last year.
Glossy Ibis is a weird bird. They often have these bizzare interactions or movements. This morning I saw several birds opening one wing at a time after bathing and preening, possibly to get rid of parasites?
Hope to get some action coming in our direction soon. It's good timing because Oz the twitcher is in Brazil.