Recent Israel tours with Birdfinders, both spring and autumn, have been blessed with a fine display of larks in the Southern desert. I must confess that this November most species appeared to be in short supply including the nomadic types such as Temminck's and Thick-billed Larks. Even so, our combined tally for the two weeks totaled an impressive 13 species!! Pride of place would have to go the Dunn's Lark seen on the second tour, courtesy of a timely phone call from the finder and a patient vigil from our group. It loosely associated with a Bar-tailed Lark, the only two birds present for miles around, or so it seemed. This species pair just about summed up our Southern Israel experience this year - high on quality but rather low on quantity.
Bar-tailed Lark - Eliphaz, Eilot region, Israel. November 27th, 2012. Images taken using Panasonic Lumix FZ7.
Dunn's Lark - Eliphaz, Eilot region, Israel. November 27th, 2012. Images taken using Panasonic Lumix FZ7.
Lots of luck required to see one of these, this being the first on any Birdfinders trip since March 2007.