Golan and North Israel, February 2019
Written by Jos   

With a duration of just two-and-a-days, this proved to be an extraordinarily productive trip. The basic idea was to visit the Hula Valley for the amazing concentrations of wintering Cranes and other waterbirds, then travel up into the occupied Golan Heights, before dropping down to the Beit She'an area to look for birds around the superb fishpond systems.

 

Vinous-breasted Starling

 

This short trip truly exceeded expectations - not only seeing the impressive 50,000 Cranes at Hula, but also a whole bunch of other highlights, including Black Francolin, Dead Sea Sparrows, Great Spotted Cuckoo and no less than 19 Pallas's Gulls. Also saw Eastern Imperial, Steppe, Bonelli's and Great Spotted Eagles, plus a number of other targets, such as Vinous-breasted Starlings in the Tel Aviv area and False Apollo butterfly in the Golan Heights.

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 March 2019 )
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Australia. Part Four - New South Wales.
Written by Jos   

Long-billed Corella

 

 

I incorporated the Sydney area into my itinerary primarily for a pelagic trip, but this got cancelled the evening before! Regardless, a fantastic trip followed, very much planned on a day-to-day basis, but including localities for Koala and Wombat, the Royal National Park for Superb Lyrebird, the Jervis Bay area for Ground Parrot and the Capertee Valley for a good range of inland species.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2019 )
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Australia. Part Three - Southeast Queensland.
Written by Jos   

Superb Fairywren

 

Primary reason to visit this area was to spent several days in the legendary Lamington National Park, home to species such as Albert's Lyrebirds, Regent Bowerbird and Logrunner, plus an impressive selection of nocturnal mammals. I also added short trips to inland sites, namely the excellent Girraween National Park and to Lake Perseverance (for Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies), as well as a day in the Brisbane area, primarily looking for Koala.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 January 2019 )
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