At Km20 salt pools the sky was full of hirundines including large numbers of Red-rumped Swallows and Sand Martins. Several Dead Sea Sparrows could be heard singing but wouldn't give themselves up for the group but the real highlight here was a continuing White-tailed Lapwing, almost certainly the same bird that we saw last week with the first group. After lunch we tried for another of last week's rarities - the Black Bush Robin at Neot Smadar which put on a fine display once more. We finished a superb day at Km77 north of Yahel, where once again we found the 'green desert' extremely birdy. The area contained many Isabelline and Northern Wheatears with a few Black-eared, plus Asian Desert Warbler, Lesser Ketrel (first-summer male) and a fantastic flock of 25 Pale Rock Sparrows. In many respects it was a perfect introduction to the joys of birding in and around Eilat in spring.
Black Bush Robin - Neot Smadar, Eilot region.
Not quite as bold as we experienced last week.
Pale Rock Sparrow - Km77, near Yahel, Eilot region.
One of a flock of 25.
Short-toed Eagle - in migration, Eilat Mountains.
Black-crowned Night-herons - in migration, Km20 salt pools, Eilat.
White-tailed Lapwing and Black-winged Stilt - Km20 salt pools, Eilat.