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Number of bird species: 540
A Guide to the Birding Hotspots of Northern IsraelHadoram Shirihai et al.
Finding Birds in IsraelDave Gosney Paperback (March 1993) Gostours
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Photographic Guide to the Birds of Israel and the Middle EastRichard Porter, David Cottridge Paperback - 144 pages ( 1 November, 2000) New Holland Publishers (UK)
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The Birds of IsraelHadoram Shirihai Hardcover - 876 pages (21 October, 1995) Academic Press Inc
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Friends of the Arava InstituteWebsite
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies offers Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian and overseas students an intensive hands-on academic program focussing on our joint environment. The program is conducted in English. Situated on the grounds of Kibbutz Ketura, adjacent to the Jordanian and Egyptian borders, the Institute serves as a regional centre for conservation and environmental protection activities...
International Birdwatching Center - Jordan ValleyWebsite
Over 300 bird species within 30 km2! Supporting a wide diversity of habitats that are uniquely located along the main migratory path that joins Europe, Asia and Africa makes this one of the best birding hotspots in the Western Palearctic. This is the place to watch flocks of tens of thousands of soaring birds such as storks, pelicans and many species of raptors. The wetland habitat around the Jordan River and fishponds attract a wide variety of waterbirds from great black-headed gulls to common shelduck...
Israel Rarities & Distribution CommitteeInformation
The Israeli Rarities & Distribution Committee (IRDC) was re-established in 2000, realizing the need to improve the standard of rarity recording in Israel, to monitor changes in the country's avifauna, rarities in particular, and to make these available to the general public. Our main objectives are to improve the standards of rarity recording in Israel, leveling with those suggested by the European Association of Rarities Committees (AERC), and to improve the knowledge on bird distribution and distribution changes in Israel...
Society for the Protection of Nature in IsraelWebsite
SPNI, Hashsela 4, Tel Aviv 66103. + 972 3 6388666 firstname.lastname@example.org
A non-profit, non-governmental organization, SPNI was founded in 1953 and has grown to become Israel's largest environmental NGO, with some 100,000 members in Israel and abroad. The SPNI involves everyone - Jews, Christians and Muslims, young and old...
The Israel Ornithological CenterInformation
Israel's unique location at the junction of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, makes it a site for an extraordinary phenomena: some 500 million migrating birds cross its skies twice a year. You can obtain real time information through birds fitted with satellite transmitters, Pictures from Latrun Radar, On-Line Camera in nests, The annual Autumn soaring bird migration survey, Ringing Stations and more.
Eliat Birds FestivalFestival
During the festival week, Birders visiting on a package will enjoy a free guided minibus service that will visit the best birding hotspots in Eilat and the southern Arava. These tours will be led by experienced guides that will help you get the most out of your morning. Choose from 2-3 different destinations every day...
Hula Valley Bird FestivalInformation
During the peak birding season in the Hula Valley, when the migration season is at its height and the wintering species have already arrived, come and enjoy a great variety of activities: lectures, guided tours and identification workshops which will be held in the field by some of the best international experts...
Jerusalem Bird ObservatoryObservatory Website
The Israeli government has allocated a one-acre plot (5000 square meters) of prime real estate between the Knesset and the Supreme Court for the project. The site is one of the few traditional birdwatching areas in Jerusalem that has not been harmed by development, and is centrally located, making it attractive as an educational and tourist centre for the public. For many years the site lay in a state of neglect, with the two buildings on the surrounding grounds used as a repository for organic materials from the neighbouring parks. The area will be cleared of refuse and walking paths will be established. A gardening plan will be implemented in order to attract a wide variety of birds without damaging the existing vegetation.
Gamla Nature ReserveInformation(Kineret)/Gamla_Nature_Reserve
The Gamla Nature Reserve in the central Golan Heights is a wonderful combination of nature, landscape and historical remains. It is home to a globally unique number of raptors for its small size, including rare species, and one of the world's most ancient synagogues...
1996 [March] - Peter Jones - Northern IsraelTrip Report
This was my First visit to Israel. Approximately half of the holiday was devoted to birdwatching. I was based near Haifa, and visited several sites in the north of the Country...
1997 [January] - Peter Jones - Northern IsraelTrip Report
This was my second visit to Israel (the first in March 96). Approximately half of the holiday was devoted to birdwatching. I stayed at a friend`s house in Kibbutz Bet Oren in the Carmel Mountain Range (Nr. Haifa) throughout the visit...
2000 [April] - John's birding trip reportsTrip Report
This first visit to Israel was a clockwise round trip from Tel Aviv going gradually from Mediterranean through steppe and semi-desert to desert habitats, including the migration hotspot Eilat. This way, the species list was built up gradually too, totalling to 212 species.
2000 [April] - Peter Jones - Southern IsraelTrip Report
Having visited Northern Israel on two occasions and reading of other people`s trip reports, I was keen to have a holiday in the South of Israel. The list of potential new species for me to find was in the 70s! and the guarantee of good weather ensured that I would have pllenty of opportunities for photographs. This trip report highlights the logistics of my visit, useful information on Southern Israel`s best birdwatching sites, and the full list of species that I saw throughout the holiday.
2001 [December] - Justin JansenTrip Report
From 25 November to 2 December 2001 Eus van den Burg, Bas van Wijk and Justin Jansen made a bird journey to Eilat, Israel. We made several trips around Eilat, and the main birding was not further than 30 kilometres from Eilat. Almost daily we visited the North Beach, Northern Sewage Ponds and Switzerland Park. Other trips where to the Northern Fields, Pumping Station, Eilat Mountains and other spots in and out of Eilat...
2001 [Summer] - Arnau Bonan BarfullTrip Report
This is a report of a birdwatching trip done in Israel by three Catalan birdwatchers, from 25 August until 11 Spetember. We went there by plane, Arnau and David the 25 September, and Oriol came the 27, and Arnau and David returned the 11 and Oriol the 12, because we could not find flight for the same day. That forced Arnau and David to stay the first two days quite near Tel Aviv, and Oriol to stay one day alone in Tel Aviv.
2002 [March] - Steve Preddy & Martyn HallTrip Report
The birding was really good quality - to summarise, we spent a week split between three locations in the north, six days at Eilat, two nights in the Negev desert, and two nights by the Dead Sea.
2005 [December] - Richard BonserTrip Report
With a relatively light amount of holiday taken during the autumn, and the fact that I needed to use all of my holiday allowance up by the end of the year, thoughts turned to where could one gain excellent birding within the Western Palearctic within the month of December...
2007 [February] - Avner CohenTrip Report
...I continued driving south, and after checking into the hotel, I met up with Noam Weiss to search for the Egyptian Nightjar he saw in one of the previous nights. We spent an hour driving through the fields, and saw nothing but a Stone-curlew, few Spur-winged Plovers and a Kentish Plover...
2007 [January] - Noah GainesTrip Report
...The next stop was Gamla Nature Preserve. A steep gorge in the Golan Heights that is famous for its close views of nesting Griffin Vultures. The birds were present in good numbers and were often seen from extremely close ranges as they followed the ridges of the gorge. Other new birds seen at Gamla, were Bonelli’s Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush, and Syrian Woodpecker...
2008 [April]- Richard BonserTrip Report
...alas there was nothing unsurprisingly although large numbers of squawking Ring-necked Parakeets flew around the area as offensively as they do in London. Rather nicer was the Cattle Egret and Glossy Ibis colony that was present in the town park that served as a reminder I was a fair way from home...
2009 [December] - Julian Bell - Eastern Mediterranean - the Tamar field off IsraelTrip Report
The job was an AUV geophysical survey with a variety of geotechnical sampling in order to map possible routes for the offshore section of a gas pipeline from the Tamar field to Israel. The vessel mobilised late November at Limassol, Cyprus and we went home just before Christmas via Haifa in Israel. Early in the New Year I returned for a couple more weeks...
2009 [September] - Tristan NortonTrip Report
2011 [March] - Dave Read & Andy ShooterReport
...This proved to be an extremely successful tour with far too many highlights to list them all, certainly amongst them would be the exceptional views of the diminutive Namaqua Dove, breeding plumage Caspian Plovers and displaying Macqueens Bustard. We were joined for the first two full days by the renowned Israeli birder and excellent guide Barak Granit who's help found us many sought after species including Long-billed Pipit, Striolated Bunting and up to 80 Syrian Serins. He also escorted us on two evening excursions, the highlights of which were excellent views of Nubian and Egyptian Nightjars as well as Pharaoh Eagle Owl...
2011 [March] - John GallagherReport
...We followed the track off to the left (marked by the red & white metal posts) and had Stonechat, Syrian Woodpecker, Jay, Black Redstart and a a group of unidentified Eagles migrating far overhead (possibly Spotted or Steppe). Migration seemed to be well underway as a group of Cretzschmar’s Buntings were spotted as well as a single Cinereous Bunting. Eastern Black-Eared Wheatear and Finsch’s Wheatear, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Chukar & Blue Rock Thrush were also recorded here. Large Flocks of Common Crane were also seen flying over Mount Gilboa...
Carmel Birding Tours in IsraelTour Operator
Israel's unique location has made Israel a bottleneck and crossroads for bird migration, second to almost no other site in the world. Research has shown that about 500 million migrating birds fly over Israel twice a year. We, at Carmel's Birding Tours in Israel, offer unique bird watching tours with professional guidance and a personal touch. We specialize in customized birding tours to ensure your complete satisfaction...
Birding EcotoursTour Operator
Our Owls of the World trip to Israel can be combined with other fascinating birding sights such as the thousands of migratory raptors. Many birds' migration paths pass straight though Israel (about half a billion birds pass through!) Also visit the Red and Mediterranean Seas.
Birding IsraelTour Company
Based at Lotan Kibbutz (see where to stay} tours across Israel...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Superstar HolidaysTour Company
Today you start to experience the incredible diversity of Israel’s avia fauna. After a sumptuous Israeli Buffet breakfast take a short drive to the Maagan Michael Reserve. This SPNI field centre has been specially developed to protect the habitat both for native and migratory birds with a variety of waders, Great Black Headed Gull, Terns and Glossy Ibis. In the afternoon continue to the world famous Hula Nature Reserve north of the Sea of Galilee. The Hula is a re-flooded natural resource and home to a variety of species including vast numbers of Cranes and Pelicans. Continue to Kibbutz Kfar Hanasie for dinner and overnight.
Kibbutz Lotan Center for Bird watching is located in the heart of the great migration flyway through the Arava Valley near Eilat, Israel. Lotan provides an ideal to base for a birding tour for both groups and individuals. Comfortable guest lodging with full board is available throughout the year with tea/ coffee and other refreshments in all the rooms. Most of the birdwatching center`s activities are carried out during February to June and September to November. As well as superb on site birding, the center operates fully guided bird tours, a ringing (banding) station, raptor migration surveys, and a daily census. There is also an excellent bird reserve on the premises. First rate local guides are available for daily hire in season.
In 1996, the members of Kibbutz Lotan decided to build a small reserve to the south of their dairy barn. The site had been dry, sandy, barren terrain, except during occasional floods. Now, there is a small pond, young trees, and an alfalfa patch. Elsewhere, green plants have begun to cover the desert floor. It is now an area in which migrating birds can safely stop on their long journeys to refuel, drink, and rest. It is already a beautiful haven for birds and other wild animals, which visitors can enjoy seeing them with the help of blinds and camouflaged entranceways...
Israeli Ringing BLOGBlog
Bird ringing activities in Israel: news from the field, forthcoming ringing activity, recent foreign controls, interesting species, in-hand identification and other subjects…
Birding in IsraelInformation
Israel's most rewarding areas for birdwatching are up north around the Hula Valley and Golan Heights, the southern desert areas around Eilat and the shores of the Dead Sea. However there is interesting bird watching to be had in many other parts of Israel too, especially during the spring and autumn migrations when the country is flooded with birds from around the world...
Welcome to one of the world's greatest migratory flyways! Our beautiful, rural setting in the Hammada desert of the southern Arava, gives our green Kibbutz an oasis like appeal for birds and birders alike. We are in the heart of the greatest Global Flyway on this side of the Atlantic, with hundreds of thousands of migrants passing over and through Kibbutz Lotan each spring, and also to an extent in the autumn. We're just a 35 minute drive from Eilat. So read on and find out why more and more birders choose Lotan as their favourite birding experience...
Birding ReportsTrip Reports
Latest birding news and information (sightings etc.) from Israel
Half a billion birds fly through Israeli air space to migrate from Africa to Europe or Asia and back...
Israeli Birding Website - This website features Israel's latest birding news, including trip reports, rarity alerts and monthly summaries - all with photographs.
Birding news from the IBRCE park and the greater Eilat region…
Eliat Birds ParkInformation
Israel is the only land bridge for birds migrating south from Europe and Asia to Africa in autumn and north to their breeding grounds in spring. Eilat is an important site because it is located on the northern edge of the Saharan-Arabian desert belt and is critical for many migrant species because it is reached after a flight of almost 2000 km of continuos desert regions of the Sahel, Sahara and Sinai deserts...
Flora and Fauna in IsraelInformation
Israel's location on the migration route from Europe and Western Asia to Africa is responsible for the very large number of bird species in the country. The volume of avian travelers is so massive, in fact, that their migration routes are carefully monitored, and aircraft are forbidden to fly in these paths...
Gallery of Birds in EilatGallery
Lots of photographs of birds from a Norwegian birder… there is some supporting information but it is in Norwegian.
The usual excellent entry.
Lesser Kestrel DeclineArticle
We studied the ecology of the Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni, a globally threatened species, to identify the factors causing its gradual decline in Israel, in order to stabilize and possibly restore its numbers. Lesser Kestrels in Israel breed in colonies, both adjacent to human settlements (rural and urban) and in the countryside...
Southern Israel Birding SitesInformation
Here are further details about the sites we visited in Southern Israel during our holiday in September 1997. Most books provide details about the best sites, such as Eilat`s salt pans, but what I`ve tried to do here is provide a little further advice about the sites we looked at. In other words the information here is simply from our own experiences and is not intended to be a comprehensive site guide. For info about the Sandgrouse drinking pool in Eilat, look elsewhere! We never made it there!
The Israeli Center for YardbirdsWebsite
Israel is blessed with a great variety of birds, and bird-watchers from all over the world come here to watch our birds...
Photographer - Avi Blumen's Birds Photoshttp://blumen.smugmug.com/Birds
My name is Avi Blumen, I live in Israel, I'm 50 years old married and a father of a 1 teenage boy. I work as a graphic artist as well as a technical photographer in an advertising agency. On my free time I love to take nature photographs - mainly birds…
Photographer - Danny LaredoGallery
Gallery of birds mostly photographed in Israel...
Photographer - Dubi Shapiro - World Photo GalleriesGallery
Quality Images of many rare species from all over the world including remote area as Madagascar, Papua and Indian Ocean Islands…
Photographer - Edri ShimonWebsite
I am a nature photographer from Israel…
Photographer - Elroyie DavidGallery
I love nature and photography and I tried to combine those two in my pictures. Photography is only a hobby to me, it comes on my spare time between work and other obligations...
Photographer - Erez AvrahamGallery
Fine Photographer from Israel...
Photographer - Ilia ShalamaevWebsite
I was born in Andijan, Uzbekistan, and now make my home the beautiful land of Israel. Since I was young, I learned to enjoy and appreciate the wonderful and diverse landscapes and wildlife my country of origin had to offer...
Photographer - Israel FichmanGallery
The photo's in these galleries are all taken in Israel…
Photographer - Pablo RudaeffGallery
Israeli Photographer with some very fine work – particularly specializing in ‘action’ shots of birds…
Photographer - Roie GalitzGallery
Some bird pictures among other galleries - but very high quality...
Photographer - Uri AvitanGallery
Bird photographs mainly from Israel…
Photographer - Yoram ShpirerGallery
Some excellent photos of natural subjects...
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