Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Race Day, Champions of the Flyway 2016

 Starting block- Nizzana looking for the MacQueen's Bustards
 Birding at the Kibbutz
 MacQueen's Bustards
 Long-legged Buzzard
 Tristram's Grackle
 Female Hooded Wheatear
 View from Mitze Ramon
View from Eilat Mountains to Eilat

We started the race at 230am and tried the fields at Yovata and Km20 where we had a Long-eared Owl. We then headed to Nizzana for the MacQueen's Bustards and other desert birds such Crowned, Pin-tail and Black-bellied Sandgrouse. Had a quick look at nearby sewage ponds and had a few waders and duck. Then we headed south to Sde Boker Kibbutz and picked a load of migrants including Collared, Semi-collared and Pied Flycatcher. It was then on to Mitze Ramon where we lucked in with Hooded Wheatear and Striolated Bunting and then onwards to Se'Afflim plains for Bar-tailed Desert Lark, Mourning and Isabelline Wheatear. We ended the day around Eilat and tried for Egyptian Nightjar at Yovata again. We called it a day at about 1030. A modest, relaxed and very enjoyable 130 species.

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