perjantai 24. toukokuuta 2013

17.5. Large-headed Stint

We spent the early morning in Yotvata area. A flock of five Gull-billed Terns was migrating low over the fields and was a Israeli-tick for me! Jei! The same Hoopoe Lark was still in singing mood, single Red-backed and Woodchat Shrikes were noted as well as a dozen Masked Shrikes and tens of Eastern Olivaceous Warblers.
We had a brief coffee break at Yotvata and headed to Amrams Pillars to check if Sooty Falcons had arrived. The track to Sooties breeding cliff was barely or wasn't at all driveable. Our rental car was far from a jeep so we didn't take our changes but instead Jände, Tomppa and Esko walked to the breeding place while I scanned the skies. It was unbelievable silent and atmosphere was magical. Only birds were absent :) Well not really, after an hour and half I had seen migrating female Red-footed Falcon, adult Barbary Falcon, 10 Desert Larks, three calling Sand Partridges, Brown-necked Raven, female Hooded and juvenile White-crowned Wheater - not bad! Walking team got pretty much the same species and it came clear that Sooty Falcons had not arrived.
In km20 we found a funny looking Little Stint pictured above. There's something badly wrong with it's head but it seemd to be in good condition and was feeding actively.

"Normal" Little Stint to compare.

Black-winged Stilt

Female Kentish Plover

Curlew Sandpipers were very co-operative at IBRCE pools. Even too co-operative as my camera battery ran out of power :( I had forgotten to charge it last night. Luckily everybody else had much better camera gear than mine...
Nearby the NB we noticed a flock of ten Honey Buzzards coming low over the ditch. But that wasn't all as some 1000 more was above us! Nice wave of Honey B's glided over us in half an hour or so. We moved to NB as the stream seemed to follow the coast line. Jände was more into seawatching and found three  adult White-cheeked Terns so different individuals than the trio on Tuesday.
In the afternoon we checked some parks in hope of Olive-tree Warbler but without success. Single Honey B's and couple of Booted Eagles circled to northeast over Eilat city. We ended our day a bit earlier than usually as we had a longish drive in the next day.

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