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Courtesy of James P. Smith

November 2010 marked the very first Birdfinders autumn tour to Israel but it certainly won't be the last! There can be little doubt that the trip was a resounding success, thoroughly enjoyed by participants and leaders alike. Over the years our annual spring tour has gone from strength to strength but the new autumn tour introduced a range of species that would be more than difficult to see in spring. Even for those who've ventured to Israel multiple times in spring, the autumn trip will have plenty to offer.

Amongst the fabulous range of West Palearctic specialties seen we recorded Brown Booby, Western Reef-Heron, Striated Heron, Black-shouldered Kite (two individuals!), Pallid Harrier, Imperial and Bonelli's Eagles, Lanner and Barbary Falcons, Macqueen's Bustard, White-eyed Gull, Lichtenstein's, Crowned, Spotted, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Namaqua Dove, Striated Scop-owl, Hume's Owl, White-breasted and Pied Kingfishers, Little Green Bee-eater, eleven species of larks including Greater Hoopoe-lark, Oriental Skylarks and Black-crowned Sparrow-lark, Rock Martin, Long-billed Pipit, Common Myna, Finsch's, Eastern Mourning, White-crowned and Hooded Wheatears, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Red Sea and Yellow-browed Warblers, Arabian Babbler, Fan-tailed Raven, Tristram's Grackle, Sinai Rosefinch, and Striolated Bunting.

The leaders were especially grateful for the excellent camaraderie and humour throughout the tour! A full tour report is currently in preparation in the mean time we're pleased to offer a gallery of images from the tour.

James P. Smith and Nigel Warren

Brown Booby
Striated Heron
Little Bittern
Imperial Eagle
Long-legged Buzzard
Macqueen's Bustard
Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse
Spotted Sandgrouse
Crowned Sandgrouse Long-eared Owl
Pallid Scops-owl White-throated Kingfisher
Syrian Woodpecker Fan-tailed Raven
Oriental Skylark Black-crowned Sparrow-lark
Clamourous Reed Warbler Arabian Warbler
Finsch's Wheatear Siberian Stonechat
Common Myna Sinai Rosefinch
Sinai Rosefinch Yellowhammer
Sinai Rosefinch habitat
Birdfinders finding Sinai Rosefinch
Nubian Ibex Wadi Mishmar
Sand Partridge

Sand Partridge