Friday, September 20, 2013

Israel: Day 11

Apologies for a few days with no updates, the wi-fi has been a bit temperamental...
The count has been a little slow, with the main Honey Buzzard passage all but over, and the Levants and Lesser Spotted Eagles still warming up. White Pelicans have been the stars, with a flock of 3000+ hanging around on the valley, frequently breaking up into smaller groups and bimbling around, giving some nice close views.
Of the raptors there have been, most have all been very high up, not high enough to prevent me picking up a beauty of a pale juvenile Oriental Honey Buzzard yesterday though, nice WP tick!

White Pelican
After the count today, we went for a drive around the Bet She'an valley, which provided some nice photographic opportunities:
Red-backed Shrike

Steppe Buzzard

Isabelline Wheatear

Golden Jackal

Little Bee-eater

Little Owl

Egyptian Mongoose

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