2012 TRIP REPORT
2011 TRIP REPORT
11th March - 18th March 2012
Leaders Dave Read & Andy Shooter
Participants Dickie & Doreen Bird, Andrew & Cynthia Przeslak, Huw wilding, Tony Lowry and Stephen Wilkinson.
This proved to be another extremely successful tour with far too many highlights to list them all. Starting in the Western Negev we were treated to good views of Arabian Babbler, Cream-coloured Courser and displaying Macqueen's Bustard. In Eilat exceptional views of Western Reef Egret, White-eyed Gull, Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Little Green Bee-eater, Sinai Rosefinch and Syrian Serin were amongst the highlights, while a number of rarities were also found including Brown Booby and Pallid Scops Owl. Add to these nine species of wheatear and eight species of lark including the stunning Thick-billed and you begin to get an idea of just how rich the birding is here. Moving north to the Dead Sea we added Cyprus Warbler, Fan-tailed Raven, Clamorous Reed Warbler and Dead Sea Sparrow. We were also joined here by the renowned Israeli birder and excellent guide Barak Granit whose knowledge of the regions nocturnal species provided us with Nubian Nightjar and Pharaoh Eagle Owl as well as good views of the much sought after Hume's Owl.
Our accommodations were all excellent and as was the food and the company.
A full trip report and photo gallery to follow shortly.