Rosh Tzippor Birdwatching Centre,Tel Aviv
When: January 2020 Weather: Cool 15C
Leica M10P 35mm Summilux Nikon P900
Just a 15 min cab ride from our hotel, The Tal Hotel, is a bird sanctuary near the Hayarkon River…the Rosh Tzippor
Entrance to the Rosh Tzippor Bird Sanctuary in Tel Aviv
This small 8 acre reserve has several hides and this one is sunk into the ground so we are viewing almost at water level….
view from the main hide to the left
and to the right
An Egyptian goose posed in the morning glow
The hooded crows were everywhere
across the pond just infront of another hide, the pied kingfisher perched
he put on an aerial display, hovering and trying to catch fish unsuccesfully
he then flew in right next to the hide to give us definitive detailed shots of it..the beautiful Pied Kingfisher
Having just seen monk parakeets in their native Brazilian habitat last month, I was surprised to see them here too in Israel…
In and amount the bushes, this little active fellow flitted
a graceful prinia
on the water, this little grebe posed
Little grebe…he soon dived to catch his breakfast
and came up trumps!
Sashimi for breakfast
a pair of moorhens
then this coot sailed past
with a common kingfisher zipping by
wayyyyy in the distance beyond the pond I glimpsed something …could only get this blurry shot of the Eurasian Kestrel
We then exited the park to take a walk on the cycle/pedestrian walkway around the whole reserve…there were two smaller hides on this outer perimeter….
coming to the first hide,a kingfisher perched
a white breasted kingfisher
it looked pretty much like the ones I get in Singapore except we call it the white throated KF
this little hide was excellent…..a common KF was nearby
and he too posed for quite a while in brilliant sunshine
the common KF
and then this drab bird appeared with a curved beak …a type of sunbird…and since the only sunbird in Israel is the Palestine Sunbird, I guess it was the female…
and the last bird of the morning was this European Stonechat or Saxicola
Shooting this bird in the sunshine was a wonderful end to the morning’s walk
Saxicola : male
the female Saxicola was not to be outdone and also posed
So our first bird outing in Tel Aviv with my Japanes friend who was a first time birder yielded a number of upclose sightings in great morning light. He was only shooting with a 70-280mm zoom but still got some great shots. The Rosh Tzippor birdwatching centre in the heart of Tel Aviv is well spending some time at. Recommended.
Oh and I have to end with this: a well known Israeli artist called David Gerstein makes metal wall sculptures and one of his works is this….the Hoopoe, the national bird of Israel…..
Hoopoe metal sculpture by David Gerstein
Here is the real thing…a hoopoe with a few common mynahs