Nubian Ibex
precious drops of water
Nubian Ibex
precious drops of water

Israel in early autumn 2014

I visited Israel in late September mainly to photograph Sooty Falcons (Falco concolor), one of the most impressive birds in the Middle East. As they breed only in late autumn my visit was timed accordingly. The project would not have been possible without the support of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, En Ovdad National Park and especially Jewgeny, the Ranger who helped me getting to the rather remote breeding place. And of course Meidad Goren who is currently surveying the Israeli population of Sooty Falcons and Dan Alon, head of the Israeli Ornithological Comittee. Toda raba to all of them.

The Negev in early autumn has more to offer than raptors.  I took advantage of a water source in a remote part of the desert near the Ramon crater and photographed passerines coming to drink there. 

Later I moved on to the Bet Shean Valley, one of the birdrichest places in Israel and a true migration hub for many of my favorite species such as Black Storks. 

Finally I spent two days in the center of the country to at least get a glimpse of the spectacular passage of tens of thousands of Lesser Spotted Eagles

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