The next day we headed to Yotvata in the morning with the intention of throughly exploring the large arable fields and excellent sewage works.
We headed to the sewage works first, which were excellent, with at least three Citrine wagtails, a dozen or so Bluethroats (both white and red spots) dashing about in the reeds, 2 Little crakes and a Savi's warbler singing.
|Selection of wagtails|
|Graceful prinia nest building|
|One of many Bluethroats|
We then headed to the North fields. On arriving we picked up a female kestrel sp. Tim refused to look at it as he didn't want his first Lesser kestrel to be an imm/female type, and whilst I was identifying it, he called to get on a wader going over, the immediately shouted 'Caspian plover'! The air became electric as we all swung round to get on it, zipping through fairly high up. Thankfully it slowed and turned, then came in to the fields, giving great views over the course of the next hour before twitchers started to arrive and we drifted away.
|Tim got his male Lesser kestrel whilst watching the Caspian plover|
|Black kites were common over the fields|
|Apparently a bit scarce|
|coutelli Water pipit in Km19-20 ditch|
The next day, myself and James headed to the Dead Sea, to try and catch up with some of the specialities. In terms of the birds seen, we had a fantastic day, but most of the real specialities seemed to avoid the camera lens, so sadly not many pics!
We started at a wadi just south of the Dead Sea to look for Arabian warblers at dawn. Again, the wadi was incredibly alive with migrants, with at least two species of sandgrouse flying about. Eventually we tracked own a male Arabian warbler, which gave brief views before vanishing off down the wadi again.
|Orphean warblers provided good comparisons|
|These look like they should be in Star Wars|
|This was on the fence around Lot Reservoir|
|Male Tristram's starling|
|Black storks were going over with the raptors|
More to follow