Birdfinders at Netaphim Crossing, Eilat. March 25th, 2013.
Ein Netaphim - looking East towards Jordan. March 25th, 2013.
Steppe Buzzard - gray-brown morph, Ein Netaphim, Eilat. March 25th, 2013.
We bade farewell to Eilat and set sail for Tel-Aviv and the flight home. The drive across the desert was enlivened by a constant search for roadside Eastern Mourning Wheatears and we eventually connected with several deep inside the Ramon Crator. After that, every gas station or coffee stop was peppered with new birds for the trip - Eurasian Griffon Vulture at See Boker, and Stone Curlew, Eurasain Jackdaw, Eurasian Jay and Common Myna near Hulda Junction (along with a Syrian Woodpecker!).
As always, spring in Southern Israel had produced a fascinating two weeks. Each week was tempered by some incredible highs and a few lows, and both weeks had been remarkably different in content, especially considering that each was composed of the same basic tour.
I'm already looking forward to going back in November!