your cursor on the photo to see the species name.)
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Birding Hotspots - presented by the Kibbutz
Lotan Centre for
Information is provided on:
Jezreel Valley and maagan Michael
around Lotan - Fast developing a reputation as an excellent
venue, Kibbutz Lotan Centre for
Birdwatching offers a range of facilities that are tempting more birders
away from Eilat each year. Lotan and its immediate surroundings are full
of many exciting desert and migratory species. Visiting birders can benefit
from Lotan's excellent strategic position and fine facilities in the relaxed
confines of a friendly community.
Israel - This site contains information on Birding Sites,
stations, recent records, a bird checklist, and some photographs. Sites
Birding & Research Centre - Eilat - this site has lots
information about migration in Israel and the importance of Eilat.
Israel Birding Sites - by Gareth Watkins - this site contains
the sites visited in Southern Israel during September 1997. Most books
provide details about the best sites, such as Eilat's salt pans, but what
I've tried to do here is provide a little further advice about the sites
we looked at. In other words the information here is simply from our own
experiences and is not intended to be a comprehensive site guide. See also
in Israel - by Leiah Elbaum. This site provides information on
good birding sites, as well as other information about local birds, in
Bird Observatory - The Israeli government has allocated
the birds' project, a one-acre plot (5,000 square meters) of prime real
estate, between the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) and the Supreme Court.
The site is one of the few traditional birdwatching areas in Jerusalem
that has not been harmed by development, and is centrally located, making
it attractive as an educational and tourist center for the public.
Filming Trip Highlights - by David Gosney. An illustrated report
a filming trip to Israel.
with Bill Oddie - Bill takes a winter trip to the Holy Land,
from the Red Sea in the south to Galilee in the north. He starts off in
Birding Home - Danny Montag is building a data base of bird
in Israel, including the location at which the bird was spotted. You can
take part by adding your own sightings.
Reports: Israel, You can find these reports by following the
East" link on John Girdley's website.
13 - 17, 1994. By Hugh Harrop.
(Eilat area only) Oct 25th-Nov 1st 1999 By Mark Robinson. This
was a family holiday with ‘Dad’ nipping out for a little birding on the
in Eilat - by Liisa Sarakontu. I and my family were in Eilat,
from 7th of Dec to 17th of Dec, 1995. The trip was mostly a "family
trip": sun, beach, swimming pool, shopping and eating, not a bird-watching
trip. We didn't leave the town area, but I was twice able to sneak
away to watch the birds along the Jordan border and kibbutz fields for
a whole morning.
Report - Eilat (Israel), December 1995 - by Liisa Sarakontu. The
Birding Center in Eilat, is situated at the main shopping street, Sederot
Hatemarim. It is on its southern side, opposite to big department
stores Hamashbir Lazarchan and Shekem. You are at the right building
when you see a giant vulture on the roof!
Report: Israel - March 15 - 24, 1996. By Rob Goldbach and Harry
of bird observations made in connection to participating in the Third International
Workshop on Basic and Applied Research in Plasmodesmatal Biology, at Zikron
Yakoov, Israel, 8 - 13 March 1996.
Report: Southern Israel, March 25 - April 8, 1996 - by Mark
Most reports state that Eilat is not what it was but we were not disappointed.
We spent two weeks in a posh hotel (the Palmira) which was handily placed
for the North Beach, the Marina and Shulamit Park, and also the canal/date
Report: Israel, November 7-17, 1996 - Juha Piipponen
Report - Israel - March 21 - 28, 1996. This pdf format trip report
available from Birdfinders Holidays.
Israel is a favourite destination, and this trip was no exception with
175+ species seem.
Report: Eilat, Israel, November 24-31, 1996 - by Martin Helin
Report: Eilat (Israel) and Petra (Jordan), December 24-31, 1996
Report: Israel, November 17-24, 1997 - Richard Eden
Report: Eliat, Israel - March 1997 - by Robert Wilton. Late
1997 saw Ricky Fairhead, Andrew Easton and I hurl away our winter woollies
in favour of summer attire when we visited Israel. A late package deal
two weeks before the off took us to Eilat on the southern tip of the country
where for seven days our bare parts were paraded for all to see in glorious
sunshine (arms and legs only!). Eilat is similar to many coastal Mediterranean
resorts, but is slightly smaller with many more birds! Its situation at
the northern tip of the Red Sea is at a junction point for thousands of
birds moving from southern wintering grounds in Africa north into Europe
and the Middle East and produces some five-star Arabian specialities -
ideal ingredients for an impressive trip list.
Report: Israel '98. A trip to Eilat and southern Israel
November 1998, by Richard Fuller & Rebecca Webb. A two-week November
trip based in Eilat provided the chance to do a bit of birding, while enjoying
a relaxing holiday. I had been to Israel twice before, taking part in the
Northern Valleys Raptor Survey, so tailored my birding to catch up with
several species I had not yet seen in Israel, mainly southern and winter
Society of the Middle East - Trip Reports -
there are 13 additional
trip reports on Israel on this site.
News from Abroad - Israel - this commercial site provides
up-dated details about birdwatching
sites abroad. All of these sites are described fully, with detailed maps,
in a series of books entitled `Finding Birds in...' (sometimes referred
to as Gostours guides). These notes are intended to supplement the books
to provide the most complete and up-to-date service possible.
(& Jordan) Trip March/April 1999 - by Teus Luijendijk.
From 28 March to 4 April
1999, I made a short birding trip to Eilat (Israel), with a one day visit
to Wadi Rum (Jordan). The main purpose was birding. Eilat is probably the
best place to be if you wish to study Western Palearctic (WP) migrants.
The site offers good opportunities for watching raptor migration, for getting
close views of all kinds of species of (esp. Sylvia) warblers, for watching
large numbers of shorebirds, etc.
Report to Israel - December 29, 1996 and January 2-3, 1997-
by Harry Lehto. Five
main areas were visited during this short trip. For each site an approximate
position (Northing and Easting) within 1km in the coordinate grid in the
Survey of Israel is given (eg. Ben Gurion Airport (156, 139)). The sites
visited are all located North of Tel Aviv. Of my March
1996 iteneraries only one site, Ma'agan Michael, was revisited. This
time the access to the coast was slightly different and the gate was open,
enabling birding of all the ponds North of the Kibbutz by the car.
Report: Eilat - 13th - 20th March 2000, by Steve Bird and
Round Trip - 24 March - 5 April 2000 - Birding trip report by
van der Woude. This is an outstanding four part trip report that can be
accessed from John's Home Page.
Israel Trip Report, 27th March - 13th April 2000 - by James
We attended the Raptors 2000 conference in Eilat from 3-7 April, so we
took advantage and tagged a week either side.
Report: Some bird sites in Egypt and Jordan, by Anssi Kullberg.
In this report I intend
to very shortly sum up some experiences in certain places in Egypt, Israel,
West Bank, and Jordan, concerning spots which are less frequently visited
by most birdwatchers. These observations are all from January 2002.
Factoids taken from Where
to watch birds in Asia - by Nigel Wheatley