Rosh Tzippor Birdwatching Centre,Tel Aviv

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

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Entrance to the Rosh Tzippor Bird Sanctuary in Tel Aviv

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This small 8 acre reserve has several hides and this one is sunk into the ground so we are viewing almost at water level….

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view from the main hide to the left

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and to the right

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An Egyptian goose posed in the morning glow

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The hooded crows were everywhere

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across the pond just infront of another hide, the pied kingfisher perched

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he put on an aerial display, hovering and trying to catch fish unsuccesfully

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he then flew in right next to the hide to give us definitive detailed shots of it..the beautiful Pied Kingfisher

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Having just seen monk parakeets in their native Brazilian habitat last month, I was surprised to see them here too in Israel…

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Spotted dove

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Common mynah

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In and amount the bushes, this little active fellow flitted

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a graceful prinia

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Graceful prinia

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on the water, this little grebe posed

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Little grebe…he soon dived to catch his breakfast

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and came up trumps!

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Sashimi for breakfast

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a pair of moorhens

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then this coot sailed past

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with a common kingfisher zipping by

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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….

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coming to the first hide,a kingfisher perched

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a white breasted kingfisher

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it looked pretty much like the ones I get in Singapore except we call it the white throated KF

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this little hide was excellent…..a common KF was nearby

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and he too posed for quite a while in brilliant sunshine

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the common KF

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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…

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and the last bird of the morning was this European Stonechat or Saxicola

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Shooting this bird in the sunshine was a wonderful end to the morning’s walk

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Saxicola : male

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the female Saxicola was not to be outdone and also posed

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Female saxicola

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…..

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Hoopoe metal sculpture by David Gerstein

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Here is the real thing…a hoopoe with a few common mynahs

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Hoopoe

 

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