Sunday, 20 March 2011

Eilat spring migration festival 2011 - day 1

I'm lucky enough to have been invited out to Israel to take part in the fabulous Eilat spring migration festival.

After an overnight flight from Heathrow to Tel Aviv followed by an internal flight down to the Red Sea resort, getting my head on a pillow was almost as high a priority as getting out birding. Almost. It did mean that most of today was taken at a rather leisurely pace, though.

Late morning was spent taking in some of the local avifauna - species such as Palestine Sunbird, Spectacled Bulbul, and Laughing Dove, all within the hotel grounds; late afternoon was spent on a tour of the famous km20 pools with the amazingly knowledgeable and always helpful festival 'flock leaders'.
Here's a short video with a summary of some of today's best bits:

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