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In Focus : Palestine Sunbird Nectarinia osea
All digiscoping photography courtesy of James. P. Smith ©

This new feature portrays some of the glorious species that we encounter everyday within the immediate vicinity of Kibbutz Lotan. It's often easy to take these day-to- day birds for granted, but we hope to share some of our most beautiful desert residents in full colour images.

Palestine Sunbird is the only representative of the family Nectariniidae that occurs in Israel. It is common is most climates in the country, and especially familiar around human settlements which have allowed this attractive species to expand as a result of the greater abundance of flowering plants.

At Kibbutz Lotan two or three pairs are usually present within the residential area itself, with a further five to ten pairs present in the surrounding vicinity. The pictures included in this gallery include a very rare glimpse of the red-orange feathers from which it retains its alternative English name, the 'Orange-tufted Sunbird'.

These images were taken on 17th December 2002. Please enjoy them.

Good birding,

James Smith

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Palestine Sunbird Nectarinia osea

Palestine Sunbird Nectarinia osea

Palestine Sunbird Nectarinia osea