Israel & Eastern Mediterranean

Anthony & I recently came home from a Cruise that toured Israel & the Eastern Mediterranean.  As it was our first time to several ports of call, we opted for the “touristy” tours vs. birding (as difficult as that was!).  However!  the “Birds of Europe” field guide and a pair of Bins were always in our knapsack and quite often I had “squirrel” moments when our guide was trying to deliver history lessons on our tours and I was off snapping a photo of a “lifer”.

Although this was not a birding trek, we did observe some fantastic birds along our travels and most of the interesting birds we encountered in Israel.  One thing about loving to bird, you cannot help yourself wherever you are, whatever the circumstance!   Sitting in the Theatre of Caesarea, as our guide was reading from the Book of Acts, my ears were listening, but my camera and eyes were focused on the Common Mynas and White-spectacled Bulbuls that were also present (both lifers!).

I am deeply appreciative of the wonder that I have for this incredibly diverse world of not only humankind, but that of the flora & fauna that goes with it.  Visiting ancient cities and archaeological sites and paying attention to the life that goes with it (in past and present context) is a life long education that is well appreciated.

Heather

Israel Year List (2016)

                                        Taxonomic Location S/P Date
1 Chukar Masada, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
2 Cattle Egret Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
3 Spur-winged Lapwing Ein Bokek, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
4 Common Ringed Plover Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
5 Ruddy Turnstone Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
6 Common Greenshank Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
7 Laughing Dove Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
8 White-throated Kingfisher Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
9 Pied Kingfisher Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
10 Eurasian Jackdaw Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
11 Hooded Crow Ein Bokek, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
12 Fan-tailed Raven Masada, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
13 Desert Lark Masada, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
14 White-spectacled Bulbul Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
15 Wood Warbler Ein Bokek, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
16 Blackstart Masada, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
17 Common Myna Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
18 Tristram’s Starling Masada, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
19 White Wagtail Ein Bokek, IL IL-D 28 Oct 2016
20 House Sparrow Caesarea, Israel IL-HA 26 Oct 2016
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