These are a few of the birds that we saw during a 2012 May trip to Israel. This was more than a month after the peak of the Spring migration, but it was nevertheless a very successful trip. We saw many species that we have been looking for in Europe for many years. In fact, it was one of the easiest and most photography-friendly birding trips that we have ever been on. Still, all of the pictures were taken in a great hurry during a crowded itinerary, so many of them are not technically or aesthetically very good. They constitute our memories of a great trip. I have not had time to process all of the pictures; the rest will be added eventually. Many thanks to Prof. Ofer Bahat for facilitating the trip and to Jonathan Meyrav ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for organizing it.
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Little bittern (Grumpy, grumpy)
Booted eagle (This dark-phase bird shown three times is our life bird.)
Common kestrel (Female)
Chukar at dawn
Sand partridge (Female)
Water rail (This is our life bird.)
Spur-winged plover chick
Spotted redshank in full breeding plumage
Great spotted cuckoo (Juvenile)
Eaurasian eagle-owl in morning sunlight
Pharaoh's eagle-owl (Bad picture of a superb bird)
Lesser pied kingfisher
Little green bee-eater
Temminck's lark (John could not get close, but this is his life bird.)
(Left to right) Desert wheatear, Hooded wheatear, Mourning wheatear
Great reed warbler (This is our life bird.)
Orphean warbler (This is our life bird.)
Red-backed shrike (Female)
Masked shrike (Female and male)
Woodchat shrike (Female and chicks)
Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius atricapillus)
Dead sea sparrow
Trumpeter finch (This picture is more interesting for the rock strata than for the bird.)
Our bird pictures from around the world follow standard ecozones approximately but not exactly:
Birds from the USA and Canada: our house, Texas, California, Hawaii, Canada,
Neotropic birds from Central America and the Caribbean: Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago
Neotropic birds from South America: Ecuador, Brazil.
Western palearctic birds: Europe: Germany, Finland, Norway, Europe: United Kingdom, Europe: Spain, the Canary Islands, Europe: Lesbos, Greece, Israel
Eastern palearctic birds: China
Birds from Africa: The Gambia, South Africa
Indo-Malayan birds from India: North-west (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand) India: North-east (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya) India: Central (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh)
Birds from Australia, New Zealand.
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