Thursday, December 19, 2013

Israel - Long-eared Owls

We had a relatively low key trip to Israel this November. Both common migrants and rarities seemed to be in very short supply but even so, we found a number of gems (as always) during our hard-working week. Highlights included a really good showing of Long-eared Owls and I continue to be impressed with the ease at which this fabulous species can be found in southern Israel. After stumbling across two roosting together in a remote wadi in the southern Arava, we enjoyed another roost of at least 17 birds at Kibbutz Gevulot in the western Negev. Nowadays, we only rarely miss this species on our Israel trips whether it be spring or late autumn.

Long-eared Owls - three individuals from a communal roost of at least 17, 
Kibbutz Gevulot, Western Negev, Israel. November 28th, 2013.

Long-eared Owl - one of two roosting together in a remote Acacia wadi in the Hiyyon Plains, southern Arava. November 23rd, 2013.

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