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Guest of Honor #4:
Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni

All digiscoping photography courtesy of James. P. Smith ©

This beautiful lark finally showed itself today after a lengthy gap of seven years since my last observation in Israel. Such is the nomadic nature of Dunn's Lark, truly elusive and yet often remarkably tame once discovered. I came across a small group of four of these beauties while carrying out a lark survey in the Southern Negev. The exact site will not be disclosed because of a number of sensitive breeding species within the same area.

Personally, I was quietly waiting for this species to appear as this spring just seemed so good for larks that the possibility of discovering Dunn's Lark's became more and more realistic. This group were found in an unremarkable shallow sandy wadi, a place which I'd checked three times already this season and not seen a single bird of any kind!

Dunn's Lark has a broad breeding range across Central Africa and the Southern Middle East, but is an uncommon nomadic visitor to Southern Israel. It is widely sought by local and foreign birders alike.

All of these images were taken on the 4th of April 2003 when I managed to grab an hour with the birds before a sandstorm blew away the rest of the day.

Do enjoy this gallery of thumbnails,

James Smith & The Birdingisrael Team

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