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Birding update winter 2011

The winter here at Lotan has been quiet in terms of the birds that were here and in terms of rainfall. We have had several days with cloudy skies and heavy clouds, but they did not produce any large amounts … Continue reading

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Birding update last week of October, 2010

Storks, storks and more storks After having guided a German group around the country for six days, I came back home to Kibbutz Lotan, and took a day to look around to see what kinds of birds were around. While … Continue reading

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Birding update, beginning of October, 2010

As already stated previously, we have had an especially hot summer, but more than that, a summer with higher humidity for longer periods of  time than ever before. I went out birding with a couple at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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End of August 2010 birding update

The migration season is definitely underway, but still slowly. We have had a very hot summer, but although we did not break any records this year, we did have temperatures that topped 45 degrees Celsius, and, different from previous summers, … Continue reading

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Birding update summer 2010 at Lotan

After the end of the spring mirgration, things started to quiet down here on Lotan. In late May and and then in June, we had an influx of Rufous Bush Robins that have been staying here for the entire summer. … Continue reading

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Birding Report 10.4.2010

As stated before, spring migration has been very different from previous years. I have had the opportunity to speak to several birders who have been here in the past week to get updates as to what has been going on. … Continue reading

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Short overhead migration report, March 31, 2010

Overhead migration above Lotan in the last few days has been impressive. In general there are days where there is a lot going on, and others where searching the skies yields very little. The past few days have yielded a … Continue reading

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Birding Report – Late March 2010

Birding this year in the Arava is very unusual compared to previous years. The amount of rainfall that we had, more than we had in the past 20 years, has made finding birds more diffuse. The hotspots around Lotan are km 76 (Qa e-Sa’eddin) and Ovda Valley. Both are very green, and very muddy, because of the rains. Continue reading

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Birding Report: 1-2 March, 2010

After an unusual winter here in the Arava desert where there was much more rain than had fallen in the past five years, I went out to have a look around within twelve kilometers from home. I was with another birder and we started out going north to Km 76. Because of the rains, the plain was one green carpet. It was raining again in the morning. We saw the usual wintering and early migratory species around here: Crested Lark, White Wagtail and Stonechat. In addition, there were a large number of Chiffchaff and Northern Wheatear, primarily females. Among them were three Isabelline Wheatears , that stood up especially straight. It started to rain harder, so we decided to head further south. Continue reading

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Late April 2009 Gallery

Featuring:  Dr. Paul Sterry and Andrew Merrick. All images copyright of Paul Sterry unless stated otherwise Paul and Andrew stayed On Lotan for 10 days during the second half of April. Besides targeting Levant Sparrowhawks, Andrew and Paul arrived in … Continue reading

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